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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. Arrangements can also be made for American Sign Language students to take the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) from Gallaudet University. 

The tests are available to anyone who would like to obtain a proficiency rating. 

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

Improving Proficiency

CeLTA offers various resources to help language learners improve their proficiency.

  • SOPI Practice
  • SOPI Diagnostic Service