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Placement in Language Courses

If you want to start learning a new language you don’t need to take a placement test. You can simply enroll in the first semester course.

For most languages, you can only take the odd-numbered courses (i.e. first semester, third semester, etc.) in the fall, and the even-numbered courses (i.e. second semester, fourth semester, etc.) in the spring. This means that if you want to start a new language, you usually have to start in the fall semester.

If you have previous experience in a language, you should take a placement test to determine the correct course to start with. The format of the test and the process for completing it vary for each language.

Language Beginning Students Students with Prior Experience
Arabic

Enroll in AFRICAN 321: First Semester Arabic or LCA LANG 321: First Semester Arabic

Contact Katrina Daly Thompson, katrina.daly.thompson@wisc.edu

Chinese

Enroll in E ASIAN 101: First Semester Chinese or E ASIAN 121: Elementary Chinese I

Fill out this background questionnaire to get help from the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Czech

Enroll in SLAVIC 115: First Semester Czech

Contact David Danaher, dsdanaher@wisc.edu

Danish

Enroll in SCAN ST 121: First Semester Danish

Nete Schmidt, aschmidt2@wisc.edu

Dutch

Enroll in GERMAN 111: First Semester Dutch

Contact Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor, jvtaylor@wisc.edu

Filipino

Enroll in LCA LANG 305: First Semester Filipino

Fill out this background questionnaire to get help from the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Finnish

Enroll in SCAN ST 131: First Semester Finnish

Nete Schmidt, aschmidt2@wisc.edu

French

Enroll in FRENCH 101: First Semester French or FRENCH 201: French for Speakers of Other Romance Languages

Take a placement test through regional testing, computer-based testing, or testing on campus.

Standard Score Placement
150 - 400 101 or 101 (H)
401 - 475 102 or 102 (H)
476 - 560 203 or 203 (H)
561 - 660 204 or 204 (H)
661 - 850 227 or 227 (H)
German

Enroll in GERMAN 101: First Semester German

Take a placement test through regional testing, computer-based testing, or testing on campus.

Standard Score Placement
150 - 406 101
407 - 466 102
467 - 536 203
537 - 616 204
617 - 850 249, 258, 262,
274, 284
Greek (Ancient)

Enroll in GREEK 103: First Semester Greek

Contact Grant Nelsestuen, nelsestuen@wisc.edu

Hausa

Enroll in AFRICAN 361: First Semester Hausa

Contact Katrina Daly Thompson, katrina.daly.thompson@wisc.edu

Hebrew (Biblical)

Enroll in HEBR-BIB 103: Elementary Biblical Hebrew, I

Contact Jeremy Hutton, jmhutton@wisc.edu

Hebrew (Modern)

Enroll in HEBR-MOD 101: First Semester Hebrew

Contact Judith Sone, undergrad-adviser@cjs.wisc.edu

Hindi

Enroll in LCA LANG 353: First Semester Hindi

Fill out this background questionnaire to get help from the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Hmong

Enroll in LCA LANG 307: First Semester Hmong

Fill out this background questionnaire to get help from the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Icelandic

Enroll in SCAN ST 404: Modern Icelandic

Contact Kirsten Wolf, kirstenwolf@wisc.edu

Indonesian

Enroll in LCA LANG 309: First Semester Indonesian

Fill out this background questionnaire to get help from the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Italian

Enroll in ITALIAN 101: First Semester Italian or ITALIAN 201: Italian for Speakers of Other Romance Languages

Visit the department's placement page

Japanese

Enroll in E ASIAN 103: First Semester Japanese or E ASIAN 123: Elementary Japanese I

Fill out this background questionnaire to get help from the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Kazakh

Enroll in LCA LANG 331: First Semester Kazakh

Contact Jennifer Tishler, jtishler@creeca.wisc.edu

Khmer

Contact Erlin Barnard, esbarnard@wisc.edu or Michael Cullinane, mmcullin@wisc.edu

Fill out this background questionnaire to get help from the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Korean

Enroll in E ASIAN 105: Elementary Korean I

Fill out this background questionnaire to get help from the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Latin

Enroll in LATIN 103: First Semester Latin

Contact Grant Nelsestuen, nelsestuen@wisc.edu

Norwegian

Enroll in SCAN ST 101: First Semester Norwegian

Contact Peggy Hager, pehager@wisc.edu

Ojibwe

Enroll in AMER IND 301: First Semester Ojibwe

Contact Rand Valentine, rand.valentine@wisc.edu

Persian

Enroll in LCA LANG 363: First Semester Persian

Fill out this background questionnaire to get help from the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Polish

Enroll in SLAVIC 301 (Intensive Polish for Beginners) - open to freshmen with consent of instructor: contact Ewa Miernowska, miernows@wisc.edu

Contact Ewa Miernowska, miernows@wisc.edu

Portuguese

Enroll in PORTUG 101: First Semester Portuguese or PORTUG 301: Intensive Portuguese for Spanish Speakers

Contact Ellen Sapega, ewsapega@wisc.edu

Quechua

Enroll in ANTHRO 361: First Semester Quechua

Contact Alberto Vargas, avargasp@wisc.edu

Russian

Enroll in SLAVIC 101: First Semester Russian

Contact Anna Tumarkin, atumarki@wisc.edu

Sanskrit

Enroll in LCA LANG 375: First Semester Sanskrit (beginning fall 2018)

Contact Gudrun Buhnemann, gbuhnema@wisc.edu

Serbo-Croatian

Enroll in SLAVIC 141: First Semester Serbo-Croatian

Contact Tomislav Longinovic, tlongino@wisc.edu

Spanish

Enroll in SPANISH 101: First Semester Spanish

Take a placement test through regional testing, computer-based testing, or testing on campus.

Standard Score Placement
150 - 420 101
421 - 540 102
541 - 639 203
640 - 742 204
743 - 850 226
Swahili

Enroll in AFRICAN 331: First Semester Swahili

Contact Katrina Daly Thompson, katrina.daly.thompson@wisc.edu

Swedish

Enroll in SCAN ST 111: First Semester Swedish

Contact Susan Brantly, sbrantly@wisc.edu

Thai

Enroll in LCA LANG 317: First Semester Thai

Fill out this background questionnaire to get help from the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Tibetan

Enroll in LCA LANG 369: First Semester Tibetan

Fill out this background questionnaire to get help from the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Turkish

Enroll in LCA LANG 339: First Semester Turkish

Contact Venkat Mani, bvmani@wisc.edu

Urdu

Enroll in LCA LANG 371: First Semester Urdu

Fill out this background questionnaire to get help from the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Vietnamese

Enroll in LCA LANG 319: First Semester Vietnamese

Fill out this background questionnaire to get help from the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Wolof

Enroll in AFRICAN 391: First Semester Wolof

Contact Katrina Daly Thompson, katrina.daly.thompson@wisc.edu

Yoruba

Enroll in AFRICAN 371: First Semester Yoruba

Contact Katrina Daly Thompson, katrina.daly.thompson@wisc.edu

Yucatec Maya

Enroll in ANTHRO 376: First Semester Yucatec Maya

Contact Alberto Vargas, avargasp@wisc.edu

Zulu

Enroll in AFRICAN 335: First Semester Language of South Africa: Zulu

Contact Katrina Daly Thompson, katrina.daly.thompson@wisc.edu