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Language placement

Find out whether or not you should take a language placement test and how to access the tests.


Modern Standard Arabic Language Courses
  • If you fall under one of the categories listed in the table below, your placement is automatic and you are not required to do the placement test.

  • If you are of Arabic origin, completed your schooling in Arabic or have an adequate linguistic background in Arabic, a language placement test is necessary.

  • إذا كنتَ من أصل عربي، وأتممتَ دراستك بالعربية، أو لديك إلمام باللغة العربية، فاختبار اللغة هو أمر ضروري.

If you have... Your placement level
No previous training in Modern Arabic MARA 200
Knowledge of at least 200 words MARA 206
Completed primary school education in an Arabic speaking country or knowledge of at least 500 words. MARA 240
Notes
  • The Introductory Modern Standard Arabic courses (MARA 200 and 206) are reserved for students enrolled in the Minor or Certificate in Modern Arabic Language and Culture. If you are registered in the Minor or the Certificate, please contact the department for permission to register.

  • If you register in an Arabic language course NOT in accordance with the above, you may not receive credit for the course.


Chinese (Mandarin) Language Courses
  • If you fall under one of the categories listed in the table below, your placement is automatic and you are not required to do the placement test.

  • If you have completed junior high school (9 years schooling) in Hong Kong, Macau, or Singapore, you are not eligible to take any of the Chinese (Mandarin) language courses, with the exception of MCHI 308: Introduction to Business Chinese. You are also welcome to take any of the Chinese (MCHI) literature or culture courses taught in English. Students from mainland China and Taiwan may also take Chinese (MCHI) literature or culture courses taught in English.

  • 如果你来自中国或生于华裔家庭,如果你受过中文教育或有中文背景,那么你需要参加汉语分班测试。

If you have... Your placement level
No previous training in Modern Chinese (Mandarin) MCHI 200
Knowledge of at least 200 characters MCHI 206
Completed primary school education in Hong Kong, Macau, or Singapore, or knowledge of at least 500 characters. MCHI 240
Notes
  • The Introductory Modern Chinese Mandarin courses (MCHI 200 and 206) are reserved for students enrolled in the Minor or Certificate in Modern Chinese (Mandarin) Language and Culture. If you are registered in the Minor or the Certificate, please contact the department for permission to register.

  • If you register in a Chinese language course NOT in accordance with the above, you may not receive credit for the course.


German Language Courses
  • If you fall under one of the categories listed in the table below, your placement is automatic and you are not required to do the placement test.

  • Wenn sie deutscher Abstammung sind, eine deutsche Schulausbildung haben oder eine adäquate Sprachkompetenz haben, ist ein Einstufungstest erforderlich.

If you have... Your placement level
No previous training in German, or High School, or CEGEP Intro. German I GERM 200 or 201
CEGEP Intro. German II or CEGEP Intermed. German I GERM 202
CEGEP Intermed. German II or beyond GERM 240, 241

Italian Language Courses
  • If you fall under one of the categories listed in the table below, your placement is automatic and you are not required to do the placement test.

  • Gli studenti che hanno già una conoscenza dell'italiano sono pregati di presentarsi al Dipartimento per passare un esame che determini il livello dei corsi ai quali possono iscriversi.

If you have... Your placement level
PICAI &/or mother-tongue courses in CEGEP or family background in standard Italian or dialect ITAL 210
No previous training in Italian or High-school, or CEGEP Intro. Italian I ITAL 200 or 201
CEGEP Intro. Italian II or CEGEP Intermed. Italian I ITAL 202
CEGEP Intro. Italian II or beyond ITAL 240, 241

Spanish Language Courses
  • If you fall under one of the categories listed in the table below, your placement is automatic and you are not required to do the placement test.

  • Si Ud. es hispanohablante o si su competencia lingüística en español es equivalente a la de un hispanohablante, preséntese al Departamento para hacer un breve examen que determine su nivel de estudio más apropiado.

If you have... Your placement level
No previous training in Spanish, or High School, or CEGEP Intro. Spanish I SPAN 200 or 201
CEGEP Intro. Spanish II or CEGEP Intermed. Spanish I SPAN 202
CEGEP Intermed. Spanish II or beyond SPAN 240 or 241
Do I need to take a placement test?
  • In most cases, your placement at a particular level is automatic. See our placement guidelines to determine which course you should register for.

  • Students with backgrounds in Arabic, Chinese, German, Italian, or Spanish may be required to take the appropriate language placement test before registering in a language course. Please consult the placement guidelines.

  • The department reserves the right to transfer a student to a higher level language course if it is deemed that the course for which the student has registered is not appropriate for the extent of his or her knowledge of the language.

If you are ever unsure about how to proceed, please contact the department at 514 848.2424 ext. 2300 or email Sandra.Woywod-Page@concordia.ca

Students should be aware that the misrepresentation of one's linguistic background and abilities is considered a form of ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT and, as such, will be treated as a CODE VIOLATION by the Department of Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics.


Accessing the Placement Tests

The Arabic (Modern Standard), Chinese (Mandarin), German, Italian, and Spanish language placement tests are located in Moodle. These tests are only open to current Concordia University students.

To access the language placement tests FOR THE FIRST TIME:

  1. LOG IN to the MyConcordia portal at http://myconcordia.ca using your Concordia netname and password. Your Moodle courses are listed within the My Moodle Courses section of your portal front page.

  1. In the My Moodle Courses section, click on the "All courses..." link.
  2. Choose the "CMLL Language Placement Tests" course in the list. The course is located under the following category: Arts & Science → Classics, Modern Languages & Linguistics → Placement Tests. Alternatively, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and type "CMLL Language Placement Tests" in the search box.
  3. On the next page, you can enroll yourself in the course by clicking on the key icon that appears at the bottom left corner of the course information box. On the following page, disregard the text in red. Simply enter the enrollment key in the appropriate box and click the button to enroll. The enrollment key is ghtrg45tgtrhe5e6u
  4. Locate the appropriate placement test on the course home page.
Notes
  • You will have access to the CMLL Language Placement Tests course in Moodle for one year following your enrollment, after which time your test results will be deleted. During that one-year period, the CMLL Language Placement Tests course will appear under your list of courses in the MyConcordia portal. If you need to access the course after that time, you must enroll again.
  • Each placement test can only be taken one time.
  • To obtain your test results, please call 514-848-2424 ext. 2300 in two business days. If you live outside Montréal, you may e-mail Sandra.Woywod-Page@concordia.ca to ask for your test results.

Problems?

If you are having a problem enrolling in the course, please contact the Concordia Course Websites team at ccw-support@concordia.ca Don't forget to specify that you are enrolling in a course for which you have the enrollment key and that the name of the course is "CMLL Language Placement Tests."

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