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 2019

  • Thursday, September 26th
  • Thursday, October 17th
  • Thursday, November 7th
  • Thursday, December 5th

Winter Quarter 2020

  • Thursday, January 9th
  • Thursday, January 30th
  • Thursday, February 27th
  • Thursday, March 12th

Spring Quarter 2020

  • Thursday, April 2nd
  • Thursday, April 23rd
  • Thursday, May 14th
  • Thursday, June 4th

French exams

By appointment only. Please contact Maria Leon 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

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:

  • Arabic
  • Bulgarian
  • Czech
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Korean
  • Persian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian
  • Ukrainian
  • Urdu

Contact Us

Sonia Barrios Tinoco

Sarah Miranda
Senior Administrative Assistant
Xavier 100