Calvin University is pleased to offer you the opportunity to take several of our language placement assessments on line. These tests are designed to help you determine what sequence of language classes would be best to take.

Taking the world language assessment

These are not exemption tests. They cannot be used to "test out" of a language. Your placement score will have no impact on your grade point average at Calvin.

Please resist the temptation to use any outside resources to help you with the test. The sole purpose of this placement test is to place you accurately in the class in which you are most likely to succeed, and an artificially inflated score is likely to have a negative impact on your performance in class. If you are concerned that you have been placed incorrectly or have any other questions, please contact someone in the appropriate language department.

The placement assessments generally take between twenty and twenty-five minutes.


Please review all the instructions and then begin the assessment.

  1. Follow the assessment link.
  2. From the drop-down menu, pick the appropriate language (French, German, or Spanish).
  3. There is not an online placement assessment for Chinese, Dutch, Greek, Korean, Japanese, or Latin. Incoming students should complete the World Language section of the Passport Course Registration Worksheet. Please consult faculty in those departments for further assistance.
  4. Click "begin"
  5. Fill out the required information fields and click continue at the bottom of the page.
  6. The test begins with a sample question
    • For Spanish: Click on “c” and submit answer.
    • For French: Click on “b” and submit answer.
    • Sometimes the students may need to scroll down to find "submit answer"

Additional notes

  • If you are interested in studying multiple languages, you may go back to the beginning and complete another language placement assessment.
  • You must complete the test for a score to be given.
  • French, German, and Spanish Placement Results: The test will stop, somewhat suddenly, once it has figured out your level. A Placement Exam Report will appear with the total points and a recomended class level. Any questions about the placement results should be directed to the respective language department.
Begin the assessment