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.
Placement tests are administered individually in the early days of the semester.
- Second Year Arabic (ARAB0300) - Elsa Belmont Flores
- Third Year Arabic (ARAB0500, ARAB0850) - Miled Faiza
- Advanced Arabic (ARAB0700) - Alla Hassan, or contact Language_Studies@Brown.edu
For more information about learning Arabic at Brown, please visit the Arabic webpage
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.
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.
To learn more about German language classes at Brown, please visit the German Studies website.
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
For more information about learning Hindi and Urdu at Brown, please visit the program's webpage.
Japanese Placement Test for Fall 2023
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 September. If you have trouble accessing the site, please visit the following three URLS:
1. SPOT Test
The SPOT (Simple Performance-Oriented Test) was developed by Tsukuba University in Japan. It is widely used in Japan and abroad for level-placement purposes, as well as for assessment and diagnosis of test takers' Japanese proficiency level. 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: https://ttbj.cegloc.tsukuba.ac.jp/p1.html 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.
Once you have completed (or nearly completed these three tasks, please make an appointment for an interview. Interviews will be given on September 1, 2023. Please finish these three steps by the time of the interview. Please visit the placement test site around August 15, 2023 to schedule an interview.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in Fall 2023!