Center for Language Studies

Placement Exams

Students hoping to study a language with which they have some familiarity - whether through formal classroom study, significant exposure to the language through extended stay abroad or use in your family - are invited to take a language placement test.

Scroll down to see how many languages we offer at Brown!  There you'll also find guidelines for taking placement tests and contacting the department. For any questions about placement exams, please contact the faculty member listed for each language.


Timothy Riker, Center for Language Studies

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Placement tests are administered individually in the early days of the semester.


Anyone who has any background in Chinese is required to take the placement test, including those who have taken or submitted their SAT or AP tests scores.


Yang WangEast Asian Studies

The French placement exam can be taken at any time, preferably before the beginning of classes. More information can be found on the French and Francophone Studies website.

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Log on to Canvas to take the online German placement test. You may take the placement test at anytime during the summer or semester. Students who have received a 5 in the German AP should enroll in GRMN0500.


Jane Sokolosky

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Placement tests are administered individually during registration period. Students wishing to start Hindi at Brown should register for HNDI0100 in the fall.


Ashok Koul, Center for Language Studies

The Italian language placement exam can be taken at any time, preferably at the beginning of each semester. It has both written and oral components.


Cristina Abbona SneiderItalian Studies

Japanese Placement Test for Spring 2022


Thank you for your interest in studying Japanese with us here at Brown University. Please visit the placement test site. If you have further questions, please contact Suga sensei. We would like to ask all incoming students to take the placement test in January.


If you have trouble accessing the site, please visit the following three URLs:

1. SPOT Test

The SPOT (Simple Performance-Oriented Test) test was developed at Tsukuba University in Japan. It is used widely in Japan and abroad for level-placement purposes, as well as for assessment and diagnosis of a test takers’ Japanese proficiency level. The Brown University Japanese Program has begun using this test as of fall 2020.

The test will take approximately 30 to 60 minutes and requires a headset. Please set aside enough time for yourself and be in a quiet place when you take it. Your results will come back immediately via a PDF file which you will submit to us via Google Forms (Step 3). 


Please go to:, and scroll to the very bottom and click on "Individual Application (個人受験申込)." Select the option “SPOT90 + Grammar90 + 漢字SPOT50” and click Next.


2. Survey


3. Essay


Once you have completed (or nearly completed) these three tasks, please make an appointment for an interview. Interviews will be given on January 21, 2022. Please finish these three steps by the time of the interview. Please visit the placement test site around January 14, 2022 to schedule an interview.

Thank you and we all look forward to seeing you in Spring 2022!


Information about the Korean placement test can be found on the East Asian Studies website.


Hye-Sook Wang, East Asian Studies

Placement tests are administered individually during registration period.


Patricia Sobral, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies

Dates, times, and formats for placement exams are TBD and will be updated here as soon as they are confirmed. 


Lynne DeBenedetteSlavic Studies

The Brown placement exam for Spanish can be taken at any time, preferably before the beginning of classes. Information on access to the Spanish language placement exam can be found on the Hispanic Studies website.

Current Faculty in Hispanic Studies

Placement tests are administered individually.


Esra Ozdemir, Center for Language Studies

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Beginning and Intermediate Yoruba will be offered in the academic year 2021-22.


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