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World Language Placement

What is the World Language Requirement and why continue studying a World language?

Under our current General Education Requirements (GER), Morris students must demonstrate a proficiency level equivalent to one full year of college level course work in a language other than English. We also invite you to think about whether college level language study is something you wish to pursue; if so, we recommend that you begin study in languages early in your academic career.

Placement Exams for World Languages

UMN, Morris strongly encourages students to take a language placement exam before they register for their first semester of classes. Please note this is a placement test only in either French, German, or Spanish and does not award credit or satisfy the language requirement. The placement exam informs you of what language level you are at and suggests what course(s) you should take.

The language placement exam is not required if:

  • You have not studied a World language.

Since you have not studied a language other than English, you may choose from a variety of languages to complete your language requirement at UMN, Morris. If you would like to discuss specific languages and for more information on courses and programs in the language you wish to pursue, please contact the discipline coordinator:

French: Lisa Bevevino
German: Stephen Carey
Spanish: Tom Genova
Italian, Latin, English as a Second Language (ESL), American Sign Language (ASL): Viktor Berberi

  • You intend to begin a new language at Morris.

These include: American Sign Language, Anishinaabe, Dakota, French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish. Please see below for more information. 

  • You studied a language other than French, German, or Spanish

Placement exams are currently offered through SLUPE for French, German, and Spanish. Other placement exams that are offered at Morris include:

Please contact the Office of the Registrar at ummregistrar@morris.umn.edu with questions.

  • You are a domestic student who speaks a second language.

Domestic students who speak a second language for which they can provide documentation of that language may be exempt from the World Language requirement per the Scholastic Committee. An example would be a recent immigrant who graduated from a U.S. high school but speaks and reads the country of origin’s language(s). 

These students should make an appointment with the Scholastic Committee executive staff in the Office of the Registrar by emailing ummregistrar@morris.umn.edu to discuss possible documentation that could be submitted.

  •  You are an international student who speaks English as your second language.

Per the Scholastic Committee, international students who speak English as their second language have fulfilled the world language requirement. Please email the Office of the Registrar as they update students' APAS reports.

  • You have approved transfer credit for World languages from an accredited institution. 

Please email Angie Senger, transfer evaluation coordinator, in the Office of the Registrar to make sure your APAS is updated. Please note a language certificate course will not be accepted for credit.

Taking the Exams

New Students

When you sign up to come to campus for registration you will be given a link to take a free online language placement exam (currently, only for French, German, and Spanish; see detailed steps below for all students). Test results are then provided to you before you register for your first semester classes.

All Students

IIf you wish to take a placement exam, you may do so at no cost. The exam will take 15-20 minutes and must be completed in one sitting. Once you leave the exam web page, you will not be able to return to the place you left off. At the end of the exam, you will receive your scores, which you must then submit via the Language Placement Score form.

To complete the language placement exam please follow the steps below exactly:

    1. Register for the exam
    2. Enter your University email address to receive a custom invitation to take the exam
    3. Follow the link in the email to complete the language exam
    4. When you complete the exam, you will receive a unique code/identifier and your scores for the exam
    5. For your results to be recorded you must then complete the Language Placement Score form
    6. Your placement score will be added to your academic record for registration purposes soon after.

If you have questions regarding setting up your placement exam please contact lacey@morris.umn.edu

If you have questions regarding what your placement means and planning your courses please contact the Hasselmo Language Teaching Center ummltc@morris.umn.edu

Placement Exam Results

Depending on the score received on the placement exam, students have several options to consider (see World Language Test Results Chart for details).

Placement at 1001, 1002, or 1003

    • Begin study with the recommended course above
    • OR complete the entire first year sequence of any other language offered to satisfy FL General Education Requirement.

    Placement at 2001 or higher

      • Students can satisfy the WL General Education Requirement by successfully completing one or more courses in language at the Intermediate or Advanced level (courses numbered 2xxx or 3xxx).
      • Students may also satisfy the WL General Education Requirement by successfully completing the World Language Proficiency exam.

      World Language Proficiency Exam: How to Demonstrate Proficiency

        • If students don’t see a place for further language study in their college experience, they may be a good candidate to take the World Language PROFICIENCY exam. Credit is not awarded for this exam.
        • Students who wish to test for exemption from the World Languages general education requirement may take a proctored proficiency exam in the Hasselmo Language Teaching Center. Please email ummltc@morris.umn.edu to schedule an exam. Please note there is a $50 fee for the proctored proficiency exam (unlike the placement exam which is free).

        Further Study

        If you have skill with language, there are plenty of good reasons to consider further study. See what the Modern Language Association has to say about Language Study in the Age of Globalization. While you're at it, take a look at their interactive language map. It may surprise you to see how many languages are in use throughout the United States. You can find MLA's Language Study here.

        For information on courses and programs in your language of choice, contact the discipline coordinator: