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World Languages and Cultural Studies

Language Placement Exam


Take your Language Placement Exam  

The Language Placement Exam is available on-line through the College’s Blackboard Academic Suite.  Please refer to your welcome email sent to your personal email account for your log-in information.  If you did not receive this, please contact the Academic Success Center at or 978-837-5754.

Who needs to take the exam?

Every new student is required to log in to the exam. The first part of the exam is an assessment. This assessment will ask you questions about your language history in order for us to determine if you are required to take part two of the exam.

If you took French, Italian, or Spanish in high school and wish to continue your study in one of these languages, you will be prompted to move forward with part two of the exam. If you have not taken one of these languages, or you wish to begin a different language at the introductory level, simply fill out the part one assessment and follow the instructions to complete the exam. You will need to designate the language that you wish to study on your Academic Interest Form.

For example:
If you have NEVER taken Spanish before, TAKE PART 1 ONLY

If you have ALREADY taken Spanish, TAKE PART 1 & 2. 

About your score:

The test results will not appear in a traditional fashion (a lower grade does not equal lower proficiency, a higher grade does not equal higher proficiency).  The Academic Success Center will place you in the appropriate class based on your score.  During orientation,  members of the World Languages Department will be available to answer any questions you might have.

For Transfer Students:

Please complete the exam as soon as possible after you deposit. Please refer to the Transfer Credit Evaluation Sheet which was sent to you by the Admission Office; this document reflects the courses that Merrimack College has already accepted in transfer as well as any that may still be under review.  If transferred credits have already fulfilled your language requirement, or if you plan to start a new language at Merrimack, you do not have to take the language placement exam.  

Incoming students with questions about the exam should contact the Academic Success Center at or 978.837.5754.

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions and Answers webpage for more helpful information.