For students wishing to continue studying French, German or Spanish, this online computerized exam helps place them into the most appropriate language course. The exam is given online, and average duration is 20-40 minutes. Scores are recorded for future reference. Students who take this exam are expected to adhere to the Loyola policy on Academic Honesty.
Note: This placement exam cannot be used to fulfill a language requirement
If a student wishes to satisfy a foreign language requirement (or "test out" of a requirement), this placement exam cannot be used. Instead, students must take the Competency Examination, which is administered by the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) Dean's Office. To schedule a proficiency exam, contact the Dean's Office at 773-508-3500.
Students required to take the placment exam
Those who have previously studied either Spanish, French or German and wish to continue studying that language at Loyola.
Students not taking the exam
- Students who will study a language in which they have no experience.
- Students studying Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian or Urdu. Exams are not yet provided in those languages. Students with previous experience in the language should be advised by Modern Languages & Literatures faculty.
- Students who want to study a language in the future, but not soon. The exam is best taken within a few weeks of registering for a course.
How to take the exam
It is essential that you take this exam without any outside assistance. It is also essential that you do your best on this exam to provide the correct answers: students must adhere to the Loyola policy on Academic Honesty. Valid test responses help insure that you will be placed into the class that suits your level.
The exam is online, and can be taken from any computer with Internet access. The password for the test site is ramblers63 (all lower case, no spaces). After logging in, follow the instructions. Since the first exam results are used for placement, there is no reason to retake the exam. To begin the exam, go to:
If you would like assistance, you can come to the Language Learning Resource Center (LLRC), Crown Center 208, and take the exam during opening hours.
Exam results can be printed out, and some Loyola advisors will have access to the results online. LLRC staff can be contacted to obtain old exam results.
Advising for the summer Orientation program will be handled by the faculty advisors in that program. Otherwise, students discuss results with the appropriate Modern Languages & Literatures faculty in order to be placed into the appropriate course. The Modern Languages department places high priority on correct placement, so it is in the student's best interest to register for the appropiate course before the semester begins.
Please direct questions about the exam or advising to Mr. David Pankratz, Director, LLRC, at 773.508.2846 firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dr. Bernardita Llanos, Chairperson, Modern Languages & Literatures Department, at 773.508.2850.