Placement Testing

All incoming first-year students are expected to take a foreign language placement test in the language they used for admission to the University (i.e., the student who has studied French for three years in high school will take the French placement test). The procedures for taking these tests are described in this section and should take an average of fifteen minutes.  

The purpose of the placement test is to place entering students only. Enrolled students must meet with language faculty to determine placement.

If you have pursued more than one language in high school and wish to continue to study both languages, you may take more than one placement test, otherwise you should take the placement test in the language you plan to study at Washington and Lee.

If you do not take the placement test in a language you studied in high school, you will not be able to enroll in that language at Washington and Lee. If you perform poorly on the placement test, you may be excluded from studying the language tested.

Placement Testing for Classics

Placement Information for Chinese and Japanese

Placement Testing for German

Placement Testing for Romance Languages