Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Fall 2018 Language Placement Exams

Language Placement Exams

All incoming students who have studied a Middle Eastern language at an institution other than UT or have some knowledge of the language, however little and however gained, must take a placement exam before registering for a language class.

A placement exam determines which course in the language sequence is appropriate for a student, based on their current proficiency level. 


  • Exercises in reading and writing.
  • Oral interviews may be administered with the test proctor to ascertain listening/speaking proficiency. These decisions will be made on an individual basis at the conclusion of each written exam.
    • Students who take the Hebrew placement test are required to complete an oral interview with Dr. Esther Raizen. Please email Lily Hudson at to schedule an interview during the week of the test.   
  • All language exams are scheduled for 3 hours.
  • Participants with more advanced proficiency may finish in less time.
  • Study guides are not provided for the test.


Schedule & Sign Up

Language placement tests are offered twice a year in August and January. The next test will be held on Thursday, August 23rd from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm in BEN 1.122. Please register for the test here.


Fall 2018 Orientation
August 22, 2018, 9:00 am

August 20, 2018: International Student Orientation
August 23-24, 2018: Ph.D. Cohort Meeting & Advising Appointments
August 23, 2018, 1-4 pm: Language Placement Exams
August 24-27: MA Advising Appointments
August 28, 1-3 pm: TA Orientation 

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