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Placement Test FAQs

The World Languages & Cultures Department at TCNJ offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.

The Classical Studies Program offers courses in Latin and Greek.

1. Who needs to take a placement exam?


If you want to study a language you started in high school, you must take a placement test unless you qualify for an exemption (see point 2). If you want to start a new language, you don’t have to take a placement test.

Transfer Students 

If you’re a transfer student, have completed one or two semesters of a language at another college or university, and plan to continue  studying that language at TCNJ, you MUST take the placement test in that language.

2. Who is exempt from the placement exam?

Students who received a 650 or higher in the College Board Subject Test or a 5 or higher in the AP exam are exempt from the language requirement.

Students who have taken the AP Exam in a language are encouraged to wait until receiving the results before taking the TCNJ placement test.

3. What if I completed 4 or more years of language study in high school?

Students who completed 4 or more years of language study in high school cannot take the first-semester course (either 101 or 151) and get credit for the course with the exception of Latin. Students who have taken Latin in high school and place into Latin 101 will receive credit.

Students who completed 4 or more years of language study in high school are required to take the placement exam. Even if the placement exam places you into the first-semester course, you cannot get credit for it if you have completed 4 or more years of the language in high school (except for Latin).

4. Are there language exams for every language?

Internet-based placement exams are offered in French, German, Italian, Latin and Spanish.  To find out how to take the placement exam, see Question 5 below.

Students who wish to enroll in an Intensive language course (151) in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian need not take the placement test unless they have studied that language in high school. If you need placement in these languages please contact the program coordinator listed below:

Arabic:            Nelly Taha  

Chinese:         Jiayan Mi     

Japanese:       Holly Didi-Ogren

5. What do I need to do to take the placement exam?

Registered students can take the exam on-line. The address is:

6. How long will the placement exam take?

You will be allowed 40 minutes (and no more) to take the placement exam. The exam will automatically shut down after the allotted time.

7. How long do I have to wait to get my score?

Test scores will be available immediately after completing the exam. Make sure to write down or print your score and register only for the course in which you placed.  Please be aware that it may take a few days for the score to appear in the Transfer Credit Report on Paws.

8. What happens if I place out of the elementary language sequence?

If you receive the maximum score and place out of the elementary sequence (101, 102, 103) you may choose to continue with more advanced courses.  Contact the department chair to discuss your options. Students who test out of the elementary sequence (with the exception of Latin) will need to contact the World Languages & Cultures Department immediately for further instructions.

9. What if I still have questions?

For Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish

Contact:  World Languages & Culture Department


Phone:  (609) 771-2235

For Greek and Latin
Contact: Dr. Holly Haynes, Co-Coordinator of Classical Studies


Phone: (609) 771-2106