Language assessments for new students only – Aug. 27 and 28 by appointment only

See the departmental website for the schedule.  Read below to determine if you need to take (or retake) a language assessment.

Language assessments for new students ONLY!  Attention new students – first-years and transfers! As explained in the university catalog, by October 1 of their first year, new students must complete their language assessment IN THE LANGUAGE(S) THEY STUDIED PREVIOUSLY.  You must take the assessment in the language(s) you studied in high school .

If ONE OR MORE of the following is true for you, please read this entire announcement!  Otherwise, skip it!

  1. Did you fail to take a language assessment on-line during the summer when you were instructed to do so?
  2. Did you study Arabic, Chinese or Hebrew in high school?
  3. For some other reason, do you NOT have a language assessment score recorded in your OnTrack degree audit?
  4. Did you receive a message asking you to retake the language assessment in a proctored setting?
  5. Did you study more than one language in high school but only took a language assessment  in ONE of those languages?
  6. Are you a native speaker of a language taught at Elon and might you want to take a class taught in your native language to fulfill Core Curriculum requirements (e.g. Civilization, Expression-literature, Advanced Studies)?
  7. Are you dissatisfied with the results of your first placement exam attempt and would like to try one more time? You are entitled two attempts.

Language assessment exams will be offered FOR NEW STUDENTS ONLY during new student orientation according to the posted schedule, which you can access here. NOTE: For students planning to take the assessment in French, German, Italian, Latin and/or Spanish, in order to guarantee that you have a seat, you sign up for an appointment at the following link.  If you just show up, we cannot guarantee you a spot. 

Sign up at least 24 hours before the testing time at

You should allow approximately 30-45 minutes to complete the exam and associated paperwork. You must bring your Phoenix Card or another photo id in order to take the test.

If you have any questions, send an email to and use “placement test – new student” in the subject line.