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Language Learning Center

Language Placement Exams

Who is eligible?

  • Students who have taken a language in high school or who are heritage speakers are eligible to take the language placement exam.
  • Students who have college credit for a language (not studied through their high school) do not need to take the placement exam as they will be placed in the next level of their transferred language credits.
  • Transfer students who need to take the placement test online must contact Senior Associate Dean Jennifer Boscarino-Green (516) 463-7222 Room 101 Memorial Hall.
  • Students, who have taken the language placement exam at Hofstra University and wish to retake it, need to wait 18 months after their first placement exam. If students need to retake the exam before 18 months have passed, they must provide written permission from the language Department Chair authorizing them to retake the test. Please contact either Comparative Literature and Languages Department (RLL) at 516-463-5434 Calkins Hall, room 322 or Romance Literature and Languages Department (CLL) at 516-463-5140 Calkins Hall, room 338.

List and duration of languages that are tested at the Language Learning Center:

For tests in languages not listed below, please contact the Comparative Literature and languages Department at (516) 463-5434.

Language/Department

Duration

Content

Format

Arabic / CLL

Please contact CLL Department

Chinese / CLL

1 h. and 10 min.

Listening and reading

Multiple Choice Questions

ELP / CLL

1 h. and 30 min.

Writing, listening, and reading

Multiple Choice Questions

French / RLL

1 h. and 30 min.

Listening and reading

Multiple Choice Questions

German / CLL

1 h. and 10 min.

Listening and reading

Multiple Choice Questions

Greek / CLL

1 h.

Reading

Multiple Choice Questions

Hebrew / CLL

1 h. and 10 min.

Listening and reading

Multiple Choice Questions

Italian / RLL

1 h. and 10 min.

Listening and reading

Multiple Choice Questions

Japanese / CLL

Please contact CLL Department

Latin / CLL

1 h.

Reading

Multiple Choice Questions

Portuguese / RLL

1 h. and 5 min.

Listening and reading

Multiple Choice Questions

Russian / CLL

1 h. and 5 min.

Listening and reading

Multiple Choice Questions

Spanish / RLL

1 h. and 25 min.

Listening and reading

Multiple Choice Questions

To schedule a placement exam in any of the languages shown above, please call the Language Learning Center at (516) 463-5653. We are located in Calkins Hall, room 207. The LLC is open Monday through Friday.