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About the Language Placement Test

Seton Hall Language Requirement

Demonstrated competency in a foreign language is a requirement at Seton Hall University. All Seton Hall University students are required to take a foreign language as part of their Core Curriculum; however, the language requirement differs depending on your school and major(s). Some degrees allow students to satisfy the Core Curriculum language requirement by placing into a certain level. These levels are different for each school and major—one size does not fit all!

Students must take a language placement test in order to determine their proficiency level in any language(s) they have prior experience with. "Prior experience" can mean you studied the language in elementary/high school or at another college before transferring to Seton Hall; perhaps you grew up surrounded by family members speaking their native language. In any case, students with any prior language experience must take the placement test in order to determine what course(s) they should register for in their chosen language.*

* Students who do not have a background in a foreign language—or those who wish to study a new ("novel") language in addition to any they already know—do not have to take the placement exam. They should just register for Elementary/Introductory 1 of that novel language.

Languages Taught at SHU

Students can take courses in Modern Standard Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish at SHU.* Placement tests for these languages are available online and for free—instructions on how to access one of these tests are available here.

Students who speak languages other than those listed above can take a proficiency test through an offline service. These tests are not free; students can expect to pay around $165 to take one. The test consists of a phone interview with a native speaking proctor. Instructions on how to register for a proficiency test are available here.

We encourage students with prior experience or a native/near-native level of proficiency in any language to consider taking classes in another language. Bilingualism (or trilingualism!) is a huge benefit in any field of work. Not only does skill in other languages give you an advantage over other equally-qualified candidates in a job search, but studying other languages opens up the world to people.

Nursing is the only college at SHU that accepts American Sign Language (ASL) for the language requirement. Students can take Sign Language I or II, which are listed under the course subject “CPSY". 

How to Take the Language Placement Test

Once you have decided which language you want to study, you will find instructions on how to access the test on this page. If you have any questions, please contact the Director of the Global Learning Center for help.