All majors in the College of Arts and Sciences require evidence of proficiency in a world language, which can be demonstrated in several ways, including taking a world language through the third college quarter or placement by the UW into the fourth college quarter. Language-based majors will have more advanced requirements, so students are encouraged to learn more about the specifics of those degree programs here.
There are two different reasons why a student would take a language test: to determine placement (which class level is most appropriate for a given student's existing abilities) or to satisfy language requirements as part of their degree progress if they do not intend to continue studying a given language.
The Humanities Division encompasses 41 different languages taught at the University of Washington. Students who want to learn more about how to take an exam in their target language should contact us to learn about next steps, as each language has slightly different protocols for placement and proficiency.
Alternatives to placement tests include:
- AP Scores https://admit.washington.edu/apply/freshman/exams-for-credit/ap/
- IB scoreshttps://admit.washington.edu/apply/freshman/exams-for-credit/ib-archive/
- College courses (transferred or at UW) that are equivalent to a UW language 103 (third quarter of first year course-work).