Should I take a language placement test? What if I want to start a new language?

All A.B. candidates who have not fulfilled the language requirement on the basis of AP/IB/A level scores or SAT II must study a language at Princeton. If you wish to continue in a language that you studied in high school and don’t have an AP/IB/A level or SATII score, you will need to take a placement test. Placement tests in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, or Spanish should be taken online during the summer. You may access the test by way of Your Path to Princeton, which will provide detailed instructions and access information. Placement tests in Hebrew, Latin, and Russian will be administered during orientation. Information on placement in other languages will be available during course registration at the Friend Center.

If you would like to study a new language at Princeton, you may simply register for the first course in the language sequence (normally 101), but for the A.B. requirement, it is advisable to get started as soon as possible. Beginning language courses (French 101, Spanish 101, Chinese 101, for example) are not offered in the spring term, so if you are starting from the 101 level and choose not to take a language course in your first semester, you will have to wait until the fall of your sophomore year. The best advice is to complete the language requirement without delay. Remember that a 101-level language course will not count toward your degree unless you take the 102-level course as well.

For more information, see Studying Foreign Languages at Princeton and Going Global (on study abroad).