Language Testing

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Arabic and Hebrew language exams are available through the Center for Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.  More details of the Arabic and Hebrew exams are on the CLLC website at cllc.osu.edu/undergraduate/testing.

Students wishing to complete tests in Hindi, Persian, Turkish, Urdu, and Uzbek can complete paper exams in the Department of Near Eastern Languages, and Cultures office in Hagerty 300.  Paper exams are available only by appointment, through nelc@osu.edu

Language exams are used to place students in language coursework, to evaluate transfer language coursework, and to verify language competency for graduate students in other departments. All transfer language coursework in Arabic, Hindi, Hebrew, Turkish, Persian, and Uzbek must be evaluated by examination.

Students may also use these examinations to request Validation of their GE foreign language requirement as well as EM Credit (credit by examination) for NELC languages.  (Students receive Validation in languages of which they are native speakers and EM Credit in languages for which they are not.)  Students should consult with their College of enrollment for specific information on General Education requirements and the Center for Languages, Literatures, & Cultures (CLLC) for more information about Language Testing.


The NELC Department standard language placement exams evaluate a student's proficiency level through the 3rd semester (1101-1103) courses. Students that successfully test out of the first three semesters of NELC languages, that are interested in pursuing corresponding language and area studies minors/majors in the NELC Department, may have the opportunity to earn EM credit for a total of 4 semesters of coursework in Hindi, Persian, Turkish, and Uzbek, while 6 semesters of credit may be available for Arabic and Hebrew major/minor program students. To inquire about additional testing options, please contact the NELC Program Coordinator, Jeremie Smith (smith.12199@osu.edu)