Placement Testing

The foreign language placement exam may be taken by UC Denver students seeking to demonstrate proficiency in order to fulfill the M.A.P.S. entrance requirement. Students seeking degrees that require language proficiency beyond this minimum should inform themselves of the exact requirements. Various schools within UC Denver have different semester requirements, such as the School of Business (third semester proficiency) or International Business (fourth semester proficiency). Be sure to consult with an academic advisor in your program.

Languages Tested

The Department of Modern Languages currently offers placement exams in French, German and Spanish. Testing is available in the Modern Languages Computer Lab, located in Plaza 115.

***This Spring 2021 Semester the lab will remain CLOSED for the semester***

During this semester in oder to take the Placement Test(online), please get in touch with:

Aquiring Documentation of Proficiency for Other Languages

If you need to document proficiency in a language that we do not offer you may:

  • Provide school transcripts from the country where you attended high school or junior high school (elementary school is not acceptable).
  • Provide a letter on official letterhead from a community leader (business professional, physician, clergy, educator) from your country who will state his/her relationship to you and can testify to your ability to speak, read and write the language.
  • Obtain testing in your language from another university that can certify your semester proficiency level in reading, writing and speaking of the language.

If you cannot meet one of the above options, please contact the department at 303-315-7234.

Students taking the exam will not receive academic credit, but a document of language proficiency showing your level based upon the score you earned.

Administration of the Language Placement Exams

******During the school closure  because of the Covid-19, the test will be given online. Please get in touch with

Tests will be given in the Language Lab, Plaza 115, during the hours of operation.

The test will take at least 20 minutes.

You must have a current UC Denver photo/ID with you, and fill out the Placement Test Log. The use of dictionaries, texbooks or any other kind of help is strictly prohibited.

The Placement Test may be taken only once per semester.

The test is administered to UC Denver students only and is free of charge.

Upon completion of test, student should print results to share with an advisor. Documentation of test scores are required for placement in any level higher than a 1010 course, or for satisfaction of two semester proficiency requirement.

Language Lab Operating Hours, Plaza 115:

  • Fall and Spring Semesters:  Monday -Thursday 9:00 am -6:00pm.
  • Summer Semester (2020) Hours: TBD

    All open days are from 10:00am -2:00pm (days vary during the summer)

The lab is closed in between semesters as well as for Spring and Fall Break.