Language Placement Tests for Ancient Greek and Latin, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish

Friday 2 December 2016

A language placement test is used to work out the most appropriate level of language study for you. If you've had any previous experience with the language you want to study, even if you think it might not be relevant or was too long ago, you need to sit a placement test.

Relevant past experience include:

  • Previous study of the language
  • Being exposed to the language in childhood
  • Travel or living in a country where the language is spoken
  • The language being spoken in your home (even if you don’t speak it)

For placement into language programs beginning in Semester 2, 2017, please note the following:

Ancient Greek and Latin

Most students begin their study of Ancient Greek and Latin with Traditional Grammar (CLAS1001/2011/6001).  If you have prior experience with either language, please contact Dr Chris Bishop to discuss appropriate placement.


The German placement test is held in-person during Orientation Week. For further information, please contact Dr Katie Sutton.

French, Italian and Spanish

Entry into the French, Italian and Spanish programs requires a placement test and will be subject to approval from the program convener. To register your interest in taking an on-line placement test, please send an email including your student ID number to SLLL administration:

For information about placement tests in other languages, please contact the relevant course or program convener. A complete list of all language programs available at ANU may be found here:


Updated:  10 February 2017/Responsible Officer:  CASS Marketing and Communications/Page Contact:  Development Officer, CASS