Language Evaluations

Language Placement Exams

The Department of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures understands that some students have already begun their language acquisition before attending the University of Arkansas, whether it be during secondary education or personal contact with the culture. In such situations, it can be difficult to gauge which class to enroll in within the department. In order to help with this problem, we have created placement exams to assess your language ability and give a recommendation of which class you should attend in a given language.

Currently we only have placement exams for the following languages:

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

These exams are accessible through Blackboard.

For students of German:

If you have previously studied German in high school or at another institution, please contact Dr. Kathleen Condray ( in lieu of an exam to discuss placement.

Language Evaluation Exams

After much time and effort spent learning a new language, it is beneficial to acquire a certification which can prove that you can speak a recognized and standard level of that language. The World Languages, Literatures & Cultures department is proud to offer two internationally recognized language proficiency exams, the Japanese Language Proficiency Test and the Goethe Institute German Certification Exams.

Japanese Language Proficiency Test

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), administered by The Japan Foundation, is an internationally accredited Japanese language examination designed to measure the examinees' Japanese language skills. In 2008, The Japan Foundation has designated The University of Arkansas as the 9th official U.S. test site of the annual Japanese Language Proficiency Test.

The JLPT is conducted at five different levels of proficiency, and successful JLPT examinees will be issued an official certificate of proficiency. A JLPT certificate provides more than material evidence of language proficiency for the successful examinees. Because the JLPT is conducted based on the internationally standardized measure, successful examinees in this test effectively prove competitive in equal terms with those in nationally prominent institutions.

The Japanese Program strongly encourages students at the University of Arkansas as well as other institutions in this region to take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Foreign language proficiency by a credible measure is becoming increasingly important in this global era, and the JLPT provides an instrumental goal in Japanese language learners' pursuit of the level of proficiency that is recognized worldwide.

Learn more information about the exam or contact Dr. Tatsuya Fukushima.

Goethe Institute Exams

The University of Arkansas's German program is an official Goethe-Institut Pruefungszentrum, or Testing Center, currently licensed to offer the B1, B2, and C1 Goethe exams.

The Goethe-Institut German Proficiency Exam is an internationally-recognized assessment tool, corresponding to the European proficiency framework, and graded according to extremely rigorous standards. We encourage our undergraduate majors to take the B1 exam as part of GERM 4003 (Adv. II); our graduate students take the C1. Students outside the UA are also welcome to take the exams. Students who have had between 350 and 650 contact hours of German classes (6 semesters, plus 2 additional courses) generally take the B1; 650-800 hours generally take B2; 800-1000 hours generally take C1.

The exams are usually offered in April each year; you must register with Dr. Hoyer by the end of February to take the exam.

For more information about the exams, contact Dr. Jennifer Hoyer.