Language Placement Exams

If you are interested in enrolling in a language course at the University of Oklahoma, you may be required to take a language placement exam first.

  • Students who have studied 2 or more years of the target language within the past 5 years take a language placement exam onsite in the Language Learning Center prior to enrolling.
  • Students who have studied for fewer than 2 years or who have not studied the language for over 5 years have the option to either take the exam or sign the Statement of Background waiver.

Are you a native or heritage speaker? Please see the departmental Native Speaker Policy.

Are you already bilingual or multilingual and speak a language that is not offered at the University of Oklahoma? If your degree plan requires language study, you may be able to waive major requirements by completing an interview with an approved faculty member to demonstrate your proficiency. Please contact the main office of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics for more information on the interview process: (405) 325-6181 | modlang@ou.edu | KH202


Languages

The LLC offers onsite computerized language placement exams in the following languages:

 • French
 • German
 • Russian
 • Spanish

Written placement exams for Japanese and Portuguese are also available onsite. These exams include a listening section.


Statement of Background

If you have studied a language for fewer than 2 years within the past 5 years, you have the option to either take a language placement exam or sign the Statement of Background waiver. Click here to sign the waiver on the Language Learning Center website.


Native and Heritage Speakers
Policy & Requirement Approval