You cannot stay in a language class without an evaluation. In some cases, you will not even be allowed to register for a foreign language course without having already taken a placement evaluation. You are strongly encouraged to take a placement exam prior to orientation and bring your results with you to orientation. You will not have time during orientation to take a placement exam. Read below for more information taking foreign language placement exams.
Spanish Placement Evaluations are required for course enrollment. All UNM students who choose Spanish to fulfill their language requirement(s)must take a Spanish Placement Evaluation for placement at the appropriate level. The Spanish Placement Evaluation is now available on‐line at: https://esurvey.unm.edu/opinio/s?s=214
Spanish as a Heritage Language (SHL) Program
Spanish classes 111, 112, 211, and 212 are designated for students who have a cultural connection to the Spanish language. This is a comprehensive program that is designed to accommodate students at all phases of learning: from true beginners to those who are more fluent and are polishing their skills. By drawing upon our connection to the language, we make the study of Spanish more relevant to SHL learners; this serves as a significant motivating factor in language learning.
Spanish as a Second Language (SSL) Program
This program is designed for students of Spanish whose native home language is not Spanish.
For more information about the Spanish Placement Evaluation, visit the Department of Spanish and Portuguese website or call 505-277-5907.
All UNM students entering French 101 or French 275 are required to take the French placement exam for placement at the appropriate level. This exam is administered in the Language Learning Center located in Ortega 124. You can call (505) 277-3106 for more information. Your placement evaluation results must be turned in to your instructor during the first week of class. Students entering French language classes beyond 101 may take the exam for placement advisement. If you would like assistance in interpreting the results, please call the lower-division language coordinator at (505) 277-0525.
All students enrolling in German 101, 102, 275, 201, 202 and 276 who have not already taken German courses at UNM are required to take an online placement test. The exam results must be turned in to your instructor during the first week of class. For information about German placement, call the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at (505) 277-7367.
For information on other foreign languages, contact the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, Ortega Hall, Room 229, (505) 277-4771.
Students have the option of taking Compass Placement Exams to determine where they place for Math, English, and Reading Courses. Click here for information about the Compass Exams.