Foreign Language Placement Testing

Foreign Language Placement Testing

VCU students can take the foreign language placement test in French, German, Latin, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish in the World Studies Media Center at the following times:

Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

VCU students may take the test on a walk-in basis. It takes 20-30 minutes to complete a test. Please read the Placement Guidelines below before taking a placement test. Bring your student ID.

Placement Guidelines

  • Students who plan to continue studying a foreign language that they studied in high school must take the language placement test to determine the appropriate language class.
  • Only students with transfer credit from other educational institutions are eligible to enroll in the next course within their language sequence.
  • Students may only take the language placement test once per semester.
  • The first placement test per student, per language is free; subsequent tests cost $26 each.  In cases where payment is required it must be made at the VCU Cashier's Office prior to taking the exam using the World Studies Media Center Deposit Form. You must bring a copy of your receipt with you to the WSMC to take the exam.
  • Students will be provided with a copy of their test score, which will be stored in our database for five years.
  • Placement tests are valid for one year.


Placement Test Process

  • Placement Tests are administered through the World Studies Media Center, located in Hibbs 426.
  • Students must provide a valid VCU Student ID when signing in at the Media Center.
  • If the score clearly places a student in a given class, the student receives a hard copy of their results to be taken to their academic advisor, and their placement will be reflected on e-Services within 24-48 hours following the exam. Undeclared majors please contact University College.


Placement Test Rubric


0-199 = CHIN101

200-399 = CHIN102

400-599 = CHIN201

600+ = CHIN202 or above (consult with SWS Advising Office)


0-199 = FREN101

200-299 = FREN102

300-399 = FREN201

400-499 = FREN202

500+ = 300-level coursework 
(consult with SWS Advising Offic


0-199 = GRMN101

200-299 = GRMN102

300-399 = GRMN201

400-499 = GRMN202

500+ = 300-level coursework 
(consult with SWS Advising Office)


0-199 = ITAL101

200-279 = ITAL102

280-429 = ITAL201

430-499 = ITAL202

500+ = 300-level coursework
(consult with SWS Advising Office)


0-199 = RUSS101

200-299 = RUSS102

300-399 = RUSS201

400-499 = RUSS202

500+ = 300-level coursework 
(consult with SWS Advising Office)


0-199 = SPAN101

200-299 = SPAN102

300-399 = SPAN201

400-499 = SPAN202

500+ = 300-level coursework 
(consult with SWS Advising Office)

Webcape placement test scores are retrievable for up to 5 years.
For more information about Webcape, please click here.

The Latin Placement Test

The Latin Placement Test is a hand-written test made up of 50 multiple choice questions. The scoring rubric for the Latin test is:

102 - must answer 17 out of first 23 questions correctly

201 - must answer 34 out of first 40 questions correctly, sentence translation must be correct

202 - only one error in questions 41-46 allowed (reading on Cicero)

To place out of 202 - Only one error in questions 47-50 allowed (reading on Virgil)


Students Who Do Not Plan To Take Foreign Language Courses At VCU

  • Students who have completed 3 or more years of study of one foreign language at the high school level and do not plan to continue taking coursework in that language at VCU have fulfilled the Humanities and Sciences foreign language requirement through the 102 level. Foreign Language Verification Form is required to verify fulfillment of the foreign language requirement through the 102 level.

  • Some majors in Humanities and Sciences require language through the intermediate (202) or advanced (300) level. Check the VCU Bulletin for foreign language requirements for your respective major(s)


World Studies Advising Office
Franklin Street Gym, Suite 221
817 West Franklin St.
P.O. BOX 23284-842021

World Studies Media Center
Hibbs Building Rm 424 & 426
(804) 828-2320