Placement Testing

Do you want to continue with a world language studied elsewhere?

For proper placement, first-year students who wish to continue in a language they studied in high school must take a placement test in the language.  The procedures for taking these tests are described in this section, and the test should take an average of fifteen minutes. 

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.

Or do you want to start studying a new world language?

Washington and Lee offers a variety of world languages.  These include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Sanskrit, and Spanish.  Four terms of study are required to fulfill the FDR degree in languages (FL).  To start a language as a beginner, please contact the department head of that language. 

Placement Testing for Classics

Placement Information for Chinese and Japanese

Placement Testing for German

Placement Testing for Romance Languages