If you have never taken a foreign language course, you do not need to take a foreign language placement test. You will begin with a 101 foreign language course.

It is recommended that you take a foreign language placement test if:
  • You have had one or more years of a foreign language in high school (within the last two years)
  • You wish to take courses in French, Spanish, German, and Chinese

Go to Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures to access the Placement Test. Follow the directions on their webpage to take the exam. Both you and UAB will see the results immediately, along with a recommendation for the level of classes you should take. Please print a copy of your result to take to your advisor.

If your native language is French, German, or Spanish you cannot take a beginning course in your native language for credit. It is recommended that you take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level course to register for.

If you wish to take courses in Arabic, Portuguese, Italian, or Japanese, please contact the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures to ensure appropriate placement.

For additional information, please contact the UAB testing center at (205) 934-3704 or e-mail testing@uab.edu.