For French or Spanish:
Yes - before you enroll 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. The test must be taken within 3 months of enrolling in your first language course at UVM. The placement test determines the appropriate language level for incoming students, since everyone comes from different high schools with different curricula.
This placement test is the most widely used in the country and typically provides accurate placement. However, if you believe you were placed at the wrong level, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also talk with the professor; if they believe you should be placed at a different level, they can authorize a level change.
If you enroll in a class without taking the test, or enroll in a class below the recommended level, the system will disenroll you from the course (you will receive an email notification).
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.