The Language Placement Assessment is available online through the college’s Blackboard Academic Suite.

Please refer to your welcome email sent to your personal email account for your login information. If you did not receive this, please contact the Office of Admission at or 978-837-5100.

Guide for Language Placement and New Numbering

Who Must Take the Assessment?

Every new student is required to log in to the assessment. Part I of the assessment will pose questions about your language history to help determine whether you are required to take Part II of the assessment.

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 II of the assessment.

If you have not taken one of these languages or wish to begin a different language at the introductory level, simply complete Part I of the assessment and follow the instructions to complete the assessment. You will need to designate the language that you wish to study on your Academic Interest Form.

These easy-to-follow charts will help you determine whether you need to take the Language Placement Assessment on Blackboard:

About Your Score

The assessment results will not appear in a traditional fashion (a low grade does not equate to low proficiency, a high grade does not equate to high proficiency). The Academic Success Center will place you in the appropriate class based on your score. During orientation, members of the world languages and cultural studies department will be available to answer your questions.

For Transfer Students

Please complete the assessment as soon as possible after you deposit. Refer to the Transfer Credit Evaluation Sheet that was sent to you by the admission office; this document reflects the courses Merrimack has already accepted in transfer as well as any courses 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 are not required to take the language placement assessment.  

Incoming students with questions about the assessment should contact the Academic Success Center at or 978-837-5244.