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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 all look forward to seeing you in Fall 2023!
Information about the Korean placement test can be found on the East Asian Studies website.
Placement tests are administered individually during registration period.
Dates, times, and formats for placement exams are TBD and will be updated here as soon as they are confirmed.
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.
We will offer Beginning Swahili in 2022-23.
If you have any questions about enrolling in Swahili, please email Jane_Sokolosky@brown.edu.
Placement tests are administered individually.
Esra Ozdemir, Center for Language Studies
We offer Beginning and Intermediate Yoruba and a course on African languages.