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MFLL Language Placement Exams

Spanish SpeakerHave you completed at least two years of a language in high school? Have you never taken a college credit course in that language? If so, you are required to complete the online foreign language placement examination

Not all majors specifically require you to complete a foreign language, but completing a two-course sequence of a foreign language at the intermediate level will fulfill one of your General Education requirements (“Cultures & Civilizations”, to be precise). Completing and doing well on the online foreign language placement exam gives you a boost before you even take your first college course! It means you can skip the beginner language courses and move directly to the intermediate level, and therefore closer to completing your Gen Ed requirements.

What Can I Expect?

The online placement exam is a series of multiple-choice questions focusing on vocabulary, grammar and reading comprehension.
You will need a stable internet connection, a Chrome or Firefox browser, and a quiet environment for about 15-30 minutes. The introductory survey must be completed in order for the exam to be evaluated.

It is important to note that there is no advantage to using anything other than your own brain power to complete the language examination. If you place at a level above your actual knowledge, you'll find yourself out of your league in a class that's beyond your abilities — perhaps even risking a failing grade. Save yourself some future stress, be honest with yourself, and don't try to exceed your limits!

How Does Placement Work?

Your exam score will determine your placement in the appropriate course. If you place into a 200–level course, you will receive 6 hours of elementary language credit upon successful completion of a 200–level course in the same language at UTK, provided you do not enroll and receive credit for any 100–level courses in the same language. If you place into a 300–level course, you will receive 6 hours of intermediate language credit upon successful completion of a 300–level course in the same language at UTK, provided you do not enroll and receive credit for any 200–level courses in the same language.

Placement test scores expire after one year!

This means you have one year from the date you take the placement to register for the course you place into or to take the proctored exam if you place out of the language requirement and do not wish to continue to the next course. After that point, you will have to re-take the placement test. Keep in mind that your score is likely to drop the longer it has been since you studied the language, so you should take your language requirement as soon as possible.

If you place into 200– or 300–level courses and do not wish to continue in the language but wish to receive 6 hours of 100– or 200–level credit for your online exam, you may do so by completing a proctored exam during the 12 months following your original placement exam and confirming the results of your online placement examination. For information about how and where to take this confirmation exam,¬†click here.

Let's Go! (For Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish)


  • Go to the link for your exam (below) with your browser:

  • Enter your Student ID, UTK email address, and password. You will not be allowed to take your exam without using your UTK email address (Note: please enter your UT Student ID number as your ID number. DO NOT enter your Social Security number. Failure to provide your Student ID number may invalidate your exam).
  • COMPLETELY fill out the the pre-test survey and then click "Begin Test"
  • At the end of the exam, you will see your exam results. They can be printed out, and you can log in to see your results anytime.

If you do not see your language listed above:

Instructions for taking the Arabic placement exam can be obtained by clicking here.

Instructions for taking the Hebrew placement exam can be obtained by clicking here.

Instructions for taking the Latin placement exam are located on the College of Arts & Sciences site. Questions about the Latin Placement Exam should be directed to the Department of Classics.

There is not an online placement examination for Japanese or Portuguese. Please consult your advisor or the head of the Japanese or Portuguese section, and they will guide you to an appropriate placement.

If you have already taken the placement exam and need to retrieve your score:

  • Go to the WebCAPE site with a supported browser (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Microsoft Edge).
  • Login with your UTK email address and password
  • Find the exam you took from the "Previous Tests" section at the bottom of the page, then click on the "SEE REPORT" button.

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