Class of 2024 Language Placement – Due no later than July 15

If you are just beginning a language at Carleton, sign up for the first course in the sequence – the 101 level. For most languages, the 101 level is offered only in the fall. Check the Registrar’s course schedule for more information.

If you have already taken one or more years of a language in high school, we need to determine your level in order to direct you to the appropriate course. This may be done by external testing (SAT II, AP, IB) or by our own internal tests. For more information about external tests, see our Prior Credits Policy.

The Placement menu (below) contains information specific to each language department. 

Note that you should take placement exams (or submit scores) for all languages you have studied, even if you do not know which you may continue studying at Carleton.

Please Note:

Carleton’s internal language placement testing is conducted in a few different ways: during the summer before new students arrive, on campus during New Student Week, or a combination of both. Specific details for each language department can be found in the pages listed below.

If you need special accommodations for the on-campus exams, contact the respective department before coming to campus in order to make arrangements. On-campus exams are typically held during New Student Week. Due to COVID19 please watch the New Student Week information for updates. The on-campus exams are for languages that require in- person exams or for a follow-up exam from the on-line exam.  Please read the instructions for the language you are interested in.  Check the New Student Week schedule once you are on campus to verify location and confirm date and time.