Foreign Language Placement Testing

Class of 2020 Language Placement – Due no later than August 1st, 2016

If you are just beginning a language at Carleton, sign up for the first course in the sequence – the 101 level. For most languages, the 101 level is offered only in the fall. Check the Registrar's course schedule for more information.

If you have already taken one or more years of a language in high school, we need to determine your level in order to direct you to the appropriate course. This may be done by external testing (SAT II, AP, IB) or by our own internal tests. For more information about external tests, see our Prior Credits Policy.

The Placement menu (on the left side of this page) contains information specific to each language department. 

Note that you should take placement exams (or submit scores) for all languages you have studied, even if you do not know which you may continue studying at Carleton.


Carleton's internal language placement testing is conducted in a few different ways: during the summer before new students arrive, on campus during New Student Week, or a combination of both. Specific details for each language department can be found in the the navigational panel on the left side of this page.

If you need special accommodations for the on-campus exams, contact the respective department before coming to campus in order to make arrangements. On-campus exams are scheduled to be held during New Student Week on Wednesday, September 7th, from 1:30-3:00 pm. Check the New Student Week schedule once you are on campus to verify location and confirm date and time.