Modern Languages Placement Exams

Modern Foreign Languages: German class Dr. Marcel Rotter

The Department of Modern Languages offers placement exams in the following: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. In order to move through the sequence of language courses at UMW, first-time students should begin their language study at the appropriate level and a placement exam is helpful in determining that level.

This exam is only recommended for a language that has been previously studied in high school. If students plan to start with a new language they have never studied, they do not take a placement exam. In this case, please register for the 101 course in that language.


System Requirements:

Our placement exam is administered through Avant Assessment. New students will need to take the exam at home between mid April and mid June in 2021 after receiving an instructional email. Students who score high in the summer have to sign up to take another, proctored exam during the first week of the fall semester if they wish to seek exemption from the UMW language requirement. Otherwise, they can take the recommended course. If students are admitted after the above dates, they need to take the exam as soon as possible before their advising meeting so they can discuss their score during the advising meeting.

By taking this test students are bound by the University of Mary Washington Honor Code. This means, that you are on your honor to take the placement test by yourself using no assistance during the test. You will not use any reference materials, nor will you have another person help you. Likewise, you are not to download, print out, or in any way save this test.

The equipment you will need for the exam include a PC, Mac, or Chromebook computer; a headset with microphone; and Chrome or Safari internet browsers. For more information about the test and the technical requirements and to take a practice exam, please visit our exam technical support page before taking the Avant PLACE test.

Getting Started with Your Exam:

Once you are ready to take the exam, you can find the special UMW log-in link and instructions for the test you want to take below. You will enter a Test Code and Password (provided to you in the admission portal) as well as your full legal name.

You need to allow about 45 minutes to complete the test. Do not spend more then 60 minutes on the test. You will find out your scores and your recommended placement at orientation. Or you can check my logging into Banner, clicking on Student and Financial Aid, then  My Student Profile, and then Prior Education and Testing.

After logging in you will fill out some important personal information.


To ensure that test score results are successfully matched to your academic records in a timely manner, please fill out the Test Score form with the following data from your student profile.


  • First and Last Name: Your name as listed in the Student Profile.
  • Test Taker ID: Your unique Student ID, seen in the Student Profile in the parenthesis next to your first and last name. Please include all leading zeros in your ID.
  • Test Taker Email: Your UMW provided email, seen in the first row of bio information.
  • Date of Birth: Seen in the fourth row of bio information.

Taking Your Exam:

*Log into the Placement Exam.*

Contact Information for Academic and Placement Questions:

Dr. Marcel P. Rotter, Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

For technical questions or problems with the functioning of the test itself, please visit our exam technical support page or contact the UMW Help Desk.
Phone:  540/654-2255

For additional information regarding UMW Language Requirement and Placement visit the Modern Languages and Literature UMW Language Requirement and Language Placement page.