Michigan State University

Language Placement Testing

Placement tests are used by language coordinators and advisors to help determine the appropriate language class for MSU students. The placement tests for Chinese, French, German, and Spanish are currently offered online. Although tests can be taken from anywhere for placement purposes, students who hope to obtain a language waiver must complete the placement test in a proctored sitting. Please see the MSU Office of Admissions and the College of Arts and Letters information page on language placements for more information. For placements in languages other than Chinese, French, German, and Spanish, please contact the appropriate department. You can find contact information under Partners


Proficiency Testing 

Language proficiency refers to your ability to use and communicate in a language. Oral proficiency, which is required in some MSU programs (e.g., Global Studies, RCAH, Teacher Education), is determined by performance in speaking the language, not the highest level language course completed.

Available proficiency tests include the Simulated Oral Proficiency Interview (SOPI) and the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), which both test speaking proficiency.

The SOPI is only administered as an institutional test for Global Studies and RCAH, as the test results are not recognized outside MSU. Students who want to become teachers of a world language are required by the Michigan Department of Education to take the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview.

Not sure what test is for you? Check out a comparison chart of the different proficiency tests.

Lab hours

Your test will be administered at the CeLTA Labs in B129 Wells Hall. Please schedule your test within the opening hours of the lab.

  • Monday & Wednesday: 8am-8pm
  • Tuesday & Thursday: 10am-6pm
  • Friday: 8am- 5pm
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