Placement Tests

Placement tests help you and your adviser determine the appropriate classes for you to take; you will not receive academic credit for placement tests.

Miami requires placement tests in Foreign Language for some incoming students.  There is no placement test for math courses; your SAT or ACT math score will be used for placement into math and related courses (e.g., chemistry, economics).

Foreign Language Placement Testing

After reading these details about foreign language placement tests, please access testing materials online through the link below. These tests are very important and deserve your careful attention. Please take your foreign language placement test at least five business days prior to your academic advising appointment, or your course registration will likely be disrupted.

  • You are required to study a foreign language if: your major is in the College of Arts & Science, you are majoring in Teacher Education with a foreign language emphasis, or you have a major in the College of Creative Arts that requires a foreign language.
  • If you are planning (or required) to study a foreign language, you should take a placement test in every language you've previously studied - even if you are considering starting a new language.
  • Placement tests are taken online at the Interactive Language Resource Center website and are offered for French, German, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.
  • Placement advice guides are available for: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Portuguese. More information about these can be found via the Interactive Language Resource Center website.
  • Students interested in continuing their study of American Sign Language should communicate with the department of Speech Pathology & Audiology (call 513-529-2500 or email SPA@MiamiOH.edu) for placement information.
  • If you do not take your foreign language placement test at least five business days prior to your orientation academic advising appointment, your course registration will likely be disrupted.
  • Note that tests are diagnostic in nature and are used for course placement. Foreign language placement tests do not award academic credit.
  • Upon completion of each placement test, print your score or record it in a safe place, as you may need to refer to your scores during academic advising. 

Upon completion of each placement test, print your score or record it in a safe place. Bring your placement test results with you to orientation, as you may need to refer to your scores during academic advising. 

Foreign Language Placement Test details and testing materials