Challenge Exams

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

Spanish exams

The 1000 level Proctored Online Spanish Challenge Exam is regularly offered three times per quarter during the academic year and on some additional dates during the summer. Registration for each date is closed one week before every exam. Please make sure to download the Spanish Challenge Exam Study Guide and Instructions on How to Do Accent Marks to prepare for the test. You will see the available dates when you register below.

If you have any questions about the Spanish Challenge Exams during Fall, Winter, or Spring Quarter, please contact Annelise Pedersen at If you have questions during the Summer, please contact Sonia Barrios Tinoco at

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.


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

Noelle Hardman
Administrative Assistant

Sonia Barrios Tinoco