Placement Testing

Credit by examination: French, German, Spanish

Students wishing to earn credit by examination for any of the first four (1441, 1442, 2313, 2314) levels of French, German, or Spanish must present an official score received on one of two nationally administered examinations recognized by the department:

Credit by examination: Chinese

Students wishing to earn credit by examination for any of the first four (1441, 1442, 2313, 2314) levels of Chinese must present an official score received on Advanced Placement Examination (AP) of the College Board.


Placement Tests

Non-native speakers of American Sign Language with previous exposure to the language, who intend to enroll in ASL courses at UT Arlington, may be eligible to take a placement test at the discretion of the department. Contact Travis Wayne Belmontes-Merrell.

Non-native speakers of Arabic with previous exposure to the language, who intend to enroll in Arabic courses at UT Arlington, may be eligible to take a placement test at the discretion of the department. Native or heritage speakers intending to minor in Arabic must take the Arabic placement test. Contact Ms. Reem Shishakly.

Non-native speakers of Chinese with previous exposure to the language, who intend to enroll in Chinese courses at UT Arlington, may be eligible to take a placement test at the discretion of the department. Native or heritage speakers intending to major or minor in Chinese must take the Chinese placement test. Contact Dr. Neal Liang.

Students with one year of background in the language are strongly encouraged to take the CLEP exam for placement at the appropriate level. Native or heritage speakers must take either the CLEP exam or present an official score received on the AP exam.


Students with one year of background in the language are strongly encouraged to take the CLEP exam for placement at the appropriate level. Native or heritage speakers must take either the CLEP exam or present an official score received on the AP exam.


Non-native speakers of Korean with previous exposure to the language, who intend to enroll in Korean courses at UT Arlington, may be eligible to take a placement test at the discretion of the department. Native or heritage speakers intending to major or minor in Korean must take the Korean placement test. Contact Dr. Sok Ju Kim.

Non-native speakers of Russian with previous exposure to the language, who intend to enroll in Russian courses at UT Arlington, may be eligible to take a placement test at the discretion of the department. Native or heritage speakers intending to major or minor in Russian must take the Russian placement test. Contact Dr. Iya Price.

Students with one year of background in the language are strongly encouraged to take the CLEP exam for placement at the appropriate level. Native or heritage speakers must take either the CLEP exam or present an official score received on the AP exam.


Language proficiency testing

Individuals seeking to assess their language proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and/or writing, should seek testing through the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

The department offers language proficiency assessments by qualified individuals in several languages. These are not official ACTFL tests but may serve as assessments for a variety of institutional needs (e.g. applications for foreign study). Specific fee depends on type and number of assessments requested.

Contact for more information

Travis Wayne Belmontes-Merrell

Coordinator of American Sign Language

Adjunct, American Sign Language

Travis Wayne Belmontes-Merrell

Email: travis.merrell@uta.edu

Office: 222 Hammond Hall

Reem Shishakly

Coordinator of Arabic

Senior Lecturer of Arabic

Reem Shishakly

Email: rshishakly@uta.edu

Office: 325 Hammond Hall

Szu-Yen (Neal) Liang

Coordinator of Chinese

Assistant Professor of Instruction in Chinese

Neal Liang

Email: syliang@uta.edu

Office: 317 Hammond Hall

Sok Ju Kim

Section Head of CLIS

Coordinator of Korean

Assistant Professor of Instruction in Korean

Sok Ju Kim

Email: sjukim@uta.edu

Office: 312 Hammond Hall

Iya Price

Coordinator of Russian

Assistant Professor of Instruction in Russia

Iya Price

Email: iya.khelm@uta.edu

Office: 221 Hammond Hall

Sonia Kania

Associate Chair, Department of Modern Languages

Associate Professor of Spanish

Sonia Kania

Email: skania@uta.edu

Office: 227 Hammond Hall