Language Placement Exams

All incoming students and transfer students should take the language placement examination before registering for the fall semester. The language programs recommend that students who are continuing with a language they started in high school, do so in the first year, and that all students, even those beginning a new language, begin to work on the requirement within the first two years. If you plan to fulfill your language requirement with a language you begin at Drew, you will need to complete three semesters of the language. It is highly recommended that these three semesters be completed consecutively.

The language placement examination is offered at four different times during the academic year:

• At the Summer Orientation for incoming first-year and transfer students (in June)
• At the beginning of fall semester (in late August/September)
• During advising weeks in the fall semester (in early November)
• During advising weeks in the spring semester for first-year students not currently enrolled in a language (in early April)

The language placement examination must be taken before enrolling in the first language course at Drew.
Placement test can only be taken once, and a picture ID will be required to take it.

For more detailed information, and to find out what languages are offered at Drew, visit  Language Placement Exams


A student may be exempted from Drew’s language requirement

• if their application to Drew requires them to submit a TOEFL score;
• by providing documentation to the Office of Academic Services that they attended school in a language other than English at least through the 6th grade;
• by demonstrating proficiency equal to Drew’s language requirement on a Drew language placement test*;
• by demonstrating proficiency equal to Drew’s language requirement on a placement test administered through the Office of Academic Services in a language not offered at Drew.
• by scoring 680 or higher on an appropriate SAT II exam
• by scoring a 4 or 5 on an appropriate Advanced Placement (AP) exam
• by scoring a 5 or higher in an appropriate IB language course (SL or HL)

* Students wishing to test out of these languages are encouraged to take the NYU Language exam. While they do not receive credit for the exam, they can be exempt from taking language at Drew with a passing score.

Results of the NYU language exam should be sent to the Registrar’s Office for recording.

Foreign Languages Proficiency Testing

(Note: There is a fee associated with this exam and the student must go to NYU to take the exam)