Information Regarding the Fulfillment of the Foreign Language Requirement

Before graduating from Princeton, all A.B. candidates must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. Please read this carefully!

If you enter Princeton with a score of 5 on a foreign language AP test accepted by Princeton, or a score of 760 on the SAT subject test, you have fulfilled Princeton’s foreign language requirement and are not required to take an introductory language course, though we encourage you to continue your study at a more advanced level. A score of 7 on the higher-level IB test or a grade of A on the British A-level exam also fulfills the requirement. Please refer to the updated AP table for details on which tests Princeton accepts; Princeton accepts standard test scores only in French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, and Spanish. Please be sure to have the appropriate testing agency send the scores directly to Princeton. Princeton does not accept standard test scores in Chinese or Japanese; you will need to take the placement test.

If you have not fulfilled the language requirement by virtue of advanced placement, you will need to complete an introductory language course sequence (normally 3 or 4 semesters) at Princeton. Unless you intend to study a new language, we require that you take the departmental placement test in the language(s) you have taken in high school so that we can place you appropriately in an introductory language sequence. The placement test does not become part of your record here—it is simply a diagnostic tool to help the department place you in the appropriate course. If you achieve a sufficiently high score on the test, you may be certified as completing the foreign language requirement.

All students who have not fulfilled the language requirement on the basis of advanced placement, and who wish to continue the study of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, or Spanish, must take the appropriate placement test online this summer between June 14, 9:00 a.m. ET and August 23, 2:00 p.m. ET.

Placement tests in Hebrew, Latin, and Russian will be given during Orientation; your academic adviser will have the results of the test when you meet to register for classes. Alternatively, if you have reported SAT subject test scores in these languages, placement recommendations may be made on the basis of these scores and communicated to you during Course Registration. Information on placement in other languages will be available during Course Registration at the Friend Center.