Placement Tests

Arabic Placement Test

The online placement exam for the Fall 2017 semester (for current Georgetown students only) will be available beginning on July 5th and will remain open until August 25th at 5pm.

Consortium students must take the placement exam on campus prior to the start of classes in August. The on-campus placement exam will be held on Monday, August 28th:

8:00 a.m. - Last names A-L: St. Mary's 343
10:00 a.m. - Last names M-Z: St. Mary's 343

The Spring 2017 Placement exam will be held on Wednesday January 18th, 2:00 - 3:30pm, in Reiss 282.

At the beginning of each semester we conduct a placement test for incoming students (freshmen and transfer) as well as for all students coming back from any non-GU program (including GU-approved programs abroad). This is to ensure proper placement in Arabic courses. This test will measure students’ abilities in grammar, reading, and writing.

If you have taken the placement test in the past and did not take an Arabic course the same semester as the exam, you must contact the department before the pre-registration period opens for that term so that your registration authorization will be sent to the Registrar's Office.

  • If you are a Study Abroad Student, you should take the online placement exam by the Friday before Fall classes start. All students can take the test on-campus at the beginning of the semester if they experience problems taking the test off-campus.
  • Students interested in taking Media Arabic must have either taken or have placed out of ARAB 112 through the placement exam.
  • If you are a new or transfer student, you must take the Off-Campus exam before August 25th or take the On-Campus exam on August 28th in order to register for an Arabic classes. If you miss the deadline to take the Off-Campus exam, you can still take the On-Campus exam on the Monday before classes start, but you will not be able to register for classes before that time.
  • If you are taking the placement exam to place out of the college language requirement, you MUST take the proctored on-campus exam.
  • If you are a Consortium Student, please email the Administrative Assistant for Academic Affairs at arabic@georgetown.edu to schedule an appointment to take the placement exam on campus.

All students should receive the exam results through an automated message immediately after the test. Students taking Exam C or the Media Exam will receive an additional email message from the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies with the results. Results from the proctored exam will be sent directly to the student's college, so students should contact their respective colleges for their test results.

No placement exams will be given after the last day of the Add/Drop period. If the placement exam is not taken by the last day of Add/Drop then they MUST wait until the start of the following semester.

Instructions for the online PLACEMENT TEST (for current Georgetown students):
1. Go to Georgetown University's Blackboard login page at https://campus.georgetown.edu.
2. Log in using your netID and netID password. Note: If you need help with your netID, contact the Student Help Desk at 202-687-4577 or at techhelp@georgetown.edu.
3. After logging in, click the Courses tab. 
4. In the Course Search box, type: "placement" and click Go. 
5. Click the Enroll button to the right of the language placement test you need to take. 
6. Confirm your enrollment by clicking the Submit button.
7. Click the OK button to enter the placement test site.
8. Follow the instructions on the placement test site to take the test.

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Persian Placement Test

At the beginning of each semester, we will conduct a Persian placement test for incoming students (freshmen and transfer) as well as for all students coming back from any non-GU program (including GU-approved programs abroad). This is to ensure proper placement in Persian courses. This test will measure students’ abilities in grammar, reading, and writing. Please contact Professor Farima Mostowfi if you need to take this exam.

HEBREW PLACEMENT TEST

Please contact Sylvia Onder in you need to schedule a Hebrew placement test.