Placement Exams

Placement exams are offered to current Seattle University students to determine which language class is appropriate. While the successful completion of these placement exams may satisfy all or part of the modern language requirement for the College of Arts & Sciences, no Seattle University credit is awarded.

100-level Spanish Exams are regularly offered Thursdays at 12:30 pm in the Modern Languages & Cultures Department, XAVR 100, during fall, winter, and spring quarters. See below for Spanish Exam dates. To register for a Spanish Exam, visit the MLC Office in Xavier 100. Please contact MLC faculty for Chinese, French, Italian, and Japanese placement exams.


Spanish exams


Fall Quarter 2018

  • Thursday, September 27th
  • Thursday, October 18th
  • Thursday, November 8th
  • Thursday, November 29th

Winter Quarter 2019

  • Thursday, January 10th
  • Thursday, January 31st
  • Thursday, February 21st 
  • Thursday, March 14th

Spring Quarter 2019

  • Thursday, April 4th
  • Thursday, April 25th
  • Thursday, May 16th
  • Thursday, June 6th



French exams


     By appointment only.  Please contact Georgia Gurrieri at to set a time to take the French Placement Exam.


Japanese exams

     By appointment only. Please contact Shizuko Suenaga at to schedule a time to take the Japanese placement exam.

Arabic exams

     By appointment only. Please contact Amina Moujtahid at to schedule a time to take the Arabic placement exam.

Chinese exams

     By appointment only.  Please contact Ming Feng at to  schedule a time to take the Chinese placement exam.

Italian exams

    By appointment only.  Please contact Giuseppe Tassone at to schedule a time to take the Italian placement exam. 




Waiver of the Requirement for Language Proficiency

in the College of Arts and Sciences at Seattle University


Students can test out of the college’s requirement for one year of proficiency in a foreign language. If the language the student would like to test out of is not offered at Seattle University, the student can take it at another academic institution with prior approval of the Modern Languages Department at SU.


The following is a list of available language tests to our students through UW (there may be a $45 fee).  Through UW’s Office of Educational Assessment, SU students can take the following language tests:















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Sarah Miranda
Senior Administrative Assistant
Xavier 100