Language placement tests are only administered for
students intending to major or minor in a language.
All other students seeking to fulfill their language requirements
will be advised and placed by faculty in the Department of
Languages & Literatures, SJH room 434.
Students are not allowed to register for a language class for the
first time at St John’s without prior placement. Students who
bypass this regulation will be placed at the proper level by their
instructor or by the language coordinator the first day of class,
which might result in class schedule conflicts.
The purpose of the placement test to evaluate students' proficiency
in listening, speaking, reading and writing competencies.
Students with no prior knowledge of the language they wish to
take are naturally exempt from placement procedures and may
register for level one. They will need to document this by
producing a copy of their High School transcript on the first day
Placement tests are administered for the following languages: which
offer a major:
Administration of Placement Tests
Placement tests are administered at the Global Language
and Culture Center, located in St John Hall, Room 104, during
office hours. During the academic year placement tests are
administered on a walk-in basis. In the summer time — June,
July and August — appointments are necessary due to limited
Please call (718) 990-8352 for an appointment.
Come during office hours and be ready to show a photo ID. The test
should take approximately 45 minutes and requires no prior
preparation.. After taking the test and getting the results,,
students are asked to schedule an interview with the
coordinator for that language in the Dept. of Languages and
Literatures for final placement and advice on suitable
courses (see Coordinators: under the home page, then
“Bachelor of Arts in French, Bachelor of Arts in Italian, Bachelor
of Arts in Spanish).
Students interested in Asian languages (Chinese, Japanese and
Korean) should contact the Institute of Asian Studies at St. John's
University for proper placement.
Staten Island Students
Students at the Staten Island campus should consult the Dean's
office for placement guidelines.