Language Placement Test


The Language Placement test is used to determine what course level students should register for at UNC Charlotte in FrenchGerman, or Spanish. Accurate initial placement is a key factor in successfully learning a language.

The Language Placement test might also be taken by students who are seeking to meet foreign language requirements for their major (other than a language major). For more information on that please see here.

Students may not take the official placement exam proctored in the Language Resource Center more than twice. There is no placement test for English. Students who are proficient in a language that is NOT French, German or Spanish may find a tester in their language and fill out the form, PROFICIENCY CERTIFICATION FOR LANGUAGES NOT TESTED AT UNC CHARLOTTE.

For more information, see Requirements and Policies.


The Language Placement Test does NOT count for credit hours; it simply places you to the appropriate level course for your understanding of a given language. If you are an expert in a Spanish, French or German already and wish to receive CREDIT HOURS for this knowledge which would count towards your degree, please learn about how to take the CLEP exam. The CLEP exam is not hosted by UNC Charlotte. For information about this test click here.

If you still wish to take the Language Placement Test continue reading:

Which Languages?

Placement Tests are only offered in French, German, and Spanish.


The Language Placement test is administered in the Language Resource Center on the 4th floor of the College of Education Building (COED434) on one of the days/times below.

Temporarily available through WebEx proctoring. If you do not have the required technology for WebEx, please contact Julia Geaney-Moore


Test logistics


The duration of the test ranges from 10 minutes to 45 minutes.

Do I need to register ahead of time?

Yes, please sign up online by following these steps.
The test will be administered online via WebEx with a live proctor. 

1. Have a credit of debit card ready for a fee of $10.00 (No cash is accepted).

2. Have your Student ID ready.


3. Please sign up for a time slot at the following link. Note: The test will only be available between 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. It will not be offered on University Reading Days (April 29) nor on University Holidays (July 3). 

4. Wait for an email from a Languages and Culture Studies representative (official account) to finalize the time. This may take up to three business days to set up.

5. Click "accept" on the Google Calendar Invite you receive via email. This invite will have the link to join the WebEx session at the assigned time.

6. To be fully prepared make sure you have a laptop or desk computer with consistent access to the Internet. YOU MUST USE CHROME BROWSER

7. Make sure you have audio and camera abilities for the conference call experience. The camera must be raised and pointed directly at you.  

8. At least 30 minutes before the testing time, Test WebEx to ensure it works on the browser. If you are having technical difficulties please contact a member of our staff.

9. At the assigned time, click the WebEx link you received and the proctor will walk you through the test.

The last date for taking the test before the add/drop period will be August 25th. Please allow additional time for processing results during this turbulent time.

Test Results

Placement test results are available to students immediately upon finishing the exam. The score, together with the course you placed out of will be displayed on the screen. Test scores are processed into Banner and then will show up on students DegreeWorks accounts within 24 hours. Please allow several days for processing scores from a remote location. If you have questions about your placement, please consult with a language academic advisor.

The resulting score of your placement test in (French, German or Spanish) indicates whether you should enroll in an Elementary, Intermediate, or Advanced level course. Some students may be at a very advanced level already, the test only determines the precise level for the first two years. Therefore, students whose placement test score is higher than a 3201 level course will be advised to meet with the academic language advisor for the language in question to discuss what course would be most appropriate beyond the advanced language courses.

Still Have Questions?

For further questions regarding what test you should take, please get in contact a language academic advisor for the language that interests you.

If there is not an advisor for the language you are looking for, please contact the following:

Bridget Stipicevic @ or Julia Geaney-Moore @ or for IT  Austin McComas @ 
Phone: 704-687-8754