For French or Spanish:
Yes- within three months prior to enrolling in your first language class at UVM, you need to take the online test (even if you haven't studied the language) and enroll in the course level recommended. Since everyone comes from a different high school with different curricula, we use the placement test to determine an appropriate language course level for incoming students.
Our test is the most widely used in the country and typically provides an accurate placement recommendation. However, if you believe the test has placed you at the wrong level, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also speak with the professor; if they believe you should be placed at a different level, they can authorize a level change.
Note that if you enroll in a class without taking the test, or enroll in a class below your recommended level, the system will disenroll you from the course (you will receive an email notification if this occurs).
No- most students who begin their study of Italian with us don’t have prior experience and start at the Elementary (001) level. If you are a new student and already speak Italian, please meet with one of our professors or contact us so we may help you choose the right course for you.