Russian Placement Testing

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If your native language is Russian, you should not take the placement test or seek placement guidance. The language placement tests and placement guidance are intended only for student learners who wish to take Russian as a foreign language. 

The Russian placement test at Miami University does not allow you to skip the language requirement. It is intended for students who have had experience with the Russian language and want to continue studying Russian at Miami. This test will help students with previous Russian experience determine which course at Miami is the appropriate course to continue their Russian studies.

Typically, two (or sometimes three) years of Russian in high school may only represent the material contained in the first year of the Russian 101/102 sequence at Miami. After considering both your high school preparation in Russian as well as the results of this examination, any doubts or questions concerning your placement should be considered with the assistance of one of the advisers and with the assistance of the course descriptions in the Bulletin or in your Guidebook for New Students. An adviser will be available for your questions at times indicated in your Orientation materials.

Self-placement below the level indicated by this guide without consultation with an advisor is not permitted! Please remember that once you have been placed into a Russian class, you must follow the course sequence leading to Russian 202 in order to meet the Miami Plan CAS-A language requirement.

PLEASE REMEMBER!  If you are taking this placement test within 48 hours of your registration period, please expect that you may not be able to register for the course you intend. Results from this Canvas placement may take up to two (2) business days to process into the university systems, depending on the time of day you've taken the placement.


  • This assessment does not require the use of a speaker or headset. There will not be audio or video segments on this exam.
  • You may take this assessment once. If you believe that your score does not reflect your language ability, you must email the contact at the bottom of this page and give detailed reasons and detailed explanations. It is the contact's discretion whether or not they will allow a retake of the placement exam.
  • Although this assessment is untimed, please give yourself a good 60 minutes of unobstructed time in a quiet, distraction-free place to take this exam.
  • The exam will consist of several multiple-choice questions.


  1. Self-Enroll into the Russian Placement Test Canvas website. You can do this by clicking on the button to the right of this page.
  2. If prompted, enter in your Miami UniqueID and Miami password.
  3. You will get a prompt to enroll into the Canvas course. Click the Enroll button.

    Russian Canvas Enroll

  4. You will see another screen confirming you have enrolled.

    Russian Canvas Enroll Confirmed

  5. Access the Canvas Dashboard and click on the newly added "Russian Placement Test" site.

    Russian Canvas Start Site

  6. You will see a module in the Placement test (shown below)

    Russian Module Example

  7. Click on the Placement Exam link to begin your assessment.
  8. When you are finished, your test will be automatically graded.


  1. The test will be recorded into this Canvas site immediately and into the Foreign Language Placement Testing Database within 2 business days. 
  2. Click on the "Grades" link in Canvas to bring up your individual grade sheet. Your placement will show in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, or find the percentage of your exam and use the scale below:

    Russian Canvas Grade Sheet Example

  3. The test scale for this placement test is:

    • RUS 301 = 100% to 66.0%
    • RUS 201 = <66.0% to 33.0%
    • RUS 101 = <33.0% to 0.0%
  4. If you need to retrieve your score or placement, log in to the FLTEST score lookup site by clicking the red button to the right of this page.

If there are any issues or concerns regarding this placement test, please contact:

Dr. Benjamin Sutcliffe
Chief Department Adviser
Department of German, Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures
Irvin Hall 148
(513) 529-2526 Dept. Office
(513) 529-1822 Direct

For students who have taken the WebCape placement test up to April 30, 2020, the old placement test score ranges are: 

000-298 = RUS 101
299-340 = RUS 102
341-425 = RUS 201
426-580 = RUS 202
581-999 = RUS 300


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