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Placement | Credit by Exam

The Department of Middle Eastern Studies offers two types of language testing for current and incoming UT students:

Placement Exams
Credit-By-Exam Evaluations

Placement Exams

Purpose
All students who have studied a Middle Eastern language at an institution other than UT or have some knowledge of the language, however little and however gained, must take a placement exam before registering for a language class.

A placement exam determines which course in the DMES language sequence is appropriate for a student, based on his/her current level of proficiency. Credit for courses in the sequence that a student places out of may be granted, if so desired.

Format

  • Exercises in listening, reading, and writing
  • An oral interview may be administered with the test proctor; these decisions will be made on an individual basis.
  • The Arabic exam is scheduled for approximately 5 hours*.  
  • The Persian, Turkish and Hebrew exams are scheduled for 3 hours.  
  • Participants with more advanced proficiency may finish in less time.
  • Note: Study guides are not provided for the test.

*Arabic exam: The exam is expected to begin with a writing section which will last for 75 minutes. This will be followed by an online listening portion (90 minutes). After a break for lunch (not provided), the exam will conclude with a reading and comprehension section, also online.

Eligibility
The placement exam is open to any UT Austin student planning to enroll in a DMES language course in the upcoming semester. Students who completed a DMES language course at UT but did not make a C or better cannot take the placement exam as a substitute for meeting a course prerequisite. Native or heritage speakers seeking to gain credit to fulfill the language requirement for their degree are not eligible to take the placement exam (See Credit-By-Exam below).

Schedule & Sign Up

Language placement tests are offered twice a year in August and January. The next tests will take place on January 15 & 16, 2015.

Arabic

Friday, January 16th in MEZ 4.128 and is scheduled for 9:00am - 3:00pm, but may end sooner. Sign up online.

Hebrew, Persian and Turkish

Thursday, January 15th in CAL 21 from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Sign up online.

Please contact Katie Aslan at kaslan@austin.utexas.edu if you have questions about language placement.

Credit-By-Exam Evaluations

Purpose
A credit-by-exam (CBE) evaluation determines which courses in the language sequence a student may claim credit for based on his/her current proficiency level. This test is only open to current UT Austin students. These evaluations are typically taken by students who wish to fulfill the language requirement or receive credit for one or more courses in the language sequence but DO NOT intend to continue their study of that language at UT. CBE credit is available for ARA 601C & 611C, HEB 601C & 611C, PRS 601C & 611C, and TUR 601C & 611C, which are the department's first-year language sequences. Note: Study guides are not provided for the test.

Format

  • Exercises in reading and writing
  • A short oral interview if necessary
  • Exam scheduled for three hours, though participants may finish in less time

Eligibility
CBE evaluations are open to any student seeking to gain credit to fulfill the language requirement for his/her degree. Students who are planning to enroll in a DMES language course in the future should not opt for CBE; they should take a placement exam. Students who seek CBE and later decide to enroll in a language course at UT will have to take a separate placement exam (See Placement Exams above).

Schedule
The credit-by-exam is held only ONCE per year in the fall semester. The next Credit-By-Exam test will take place in Fall 2015. To sign up for a Credit By Exam test, click here.

Examinees must bring with them a photo ID and a Department-Administered Credit-By-Exam form from the Center for Teaching and Learning located in the Red McCombs School of Business, GSB 2.130, 2110 Speedway, Austin, TX, 78713. There is a $20 registration fee and $55 examination fee, and these fees are paid on your What I Owe page.

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