Placement Testing for World Languages

What is a placement exam?

It is a free tool to determine which French, German or Spanish course level suits you best. The exam is for placement purposes only and will not appear on your transcript.

Do I need to take a placement exam?

I want to study French, German or Spanish…

  • If you wish to study French, German or Spanish, and you do not have experience with that language, no, you do not need to test. You should register for a 101 level course. 

  • If you are a current Harper student with experience in French, German or Spanish and wish to enroll in a course in that language for the first time, yes, you need to take the placement exam. See the Placement Instructions.

I want to study Chinese or Japanese…

I want to study American Sign Language...

I speak the language at home…

  • For students who have grown up in the United States but speak a language other than English at home, you may be eligible to take language courses in your language at Harper. Please contact the department chair, Kimberly Jaeger, at to discuss your language background.
  • For students who grew up outside the United States and consider English a second language, you may not take classes at Harper in your native language. To complete any language requirements, please register for courses in a language other than your native language.

When and where do I take the exam?

Take the first part of the exam online at your convenience using any computer with internet access. Do a brief in-person or phone interview with a professor afterward. Follow the Placement Instructions.

How do I prepare for the exam?

There is no preparation necessary. Follow the Placement Instructions.

Contact Information

Please contact Eric Bohman, Placement and Testing Coordinator, with any questions or concerns: or 847.925.6750.