Placement Testing

About the Foreign-Language Placement Test

Placement tests for French and Spanish are available online so that you can find the appropriate class for your level of skills. Many majors at Loyola have a language requirement of two semesters in which students take the course that they place into plus one additional semester of the same language. It is advantageous to start this requirement as an entering freshman to avoid forgetting what you have already learned.

Check the language requirement for your major 

How to test online

Note: Tests are available online prior to registration each semester. If you have questions, contact Ms. Heidi Braden:

Who should test?

All students who have previously studied French and Spanish for 1 or 2 years should take the test.  Students may also choose to study a new language and begin in 100. For German and Italian, you will contact and interview with professors at the beginning of the semester.


What is the test like?

The test is multiple choice and covers grammar, reading, and vocabulary. The test is adaptive, meaning that the difficulty of a question varies depending on how you respond. Do not be discouraged if you are unfamiliar with certain material.  Make your best guess and move on to the next question. The test will take about 20 minutes. Take the test one time only.

If you place at the 300 level, you have placed beyond the language requirement. We encourage students at this level to come meet with a professor in the Department of Languages & Cultures to discuss options for further study. We are located on the third floor of Bobet. 

If you have a problem taking the test or if you think there may be a problem with your placement for some reason, again contact Ms. Heidi Braden,


Scores are available at the end of the test and you are able to log back in to the test to share your results with your advisor. The results will also be available on your U-Achieve record.