For Students/Language Placement Exam & Other

For Students/Language Placement Exam & Other

The MLC will provide placement exam support online/remote only via Zoom or Skype. There is no in-person support at the center during this time. All services are being provided online and remote. Emailing the MLC is the best method of communciatin during this time. Please also check the MLC home page for more information.

Language Placement Exam Schedule

What has changed - there is a survey that needs to be completed first by students interested in Spanish. Also, the placement exam is not being required for French 101 only for the interim of Distance Learning in CUNY but students still need to email the MLC for the CUNYfirst milestone/permission before they can register.

What hasn’t changed - the placement exam is not required for all the 101 courses in language (Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Italian, German). Students can register for 101 in any of those languages without any placement exam or milestone/permission intervention. The exam is only required for registration into language courses above 101 for these languages.

Placement Exam Important Information Update:

  • SPANISH: If you are interested or need to take Spanish as a language course, please complete this survey first: will follow up with survey assessments 7-10 days after completion. The follow up will also include further instructions and details on placement requirements and/or registration.


  • FRENCH: If you want to register for a French course above 101, please email the MLC for placement scheduling assistance ( If you are only interested in registering for 101, please indicate this in your email to the MLC.


  • All Other Languages: Please inquire with the MLC via email for placement scheduling assistance.  


After completing the Spanish survey, students will receive communication regarding the next steps in the process within 7-10 days.

  • Taking the placement exam: The MLC will assist students who need to complete the placement exam with scheduling and setting up the exam account. Students will then receive an online meeting calendar invite to either Zoom, Skype, or Google Meet. Students must share their desktop screens and keep their mics on for the duration of the exam so the staff member can monitor their progress.

Outreach regarding registration, the exam, and placement result processing times will vary as well. We apologize for any delays in advance. Please bear with us as we try our best to reach out as fast as we can. We thank you for your patience.

The MLC wishes all of you good health, safety, and success. Please let us know if you have any questions.


Please download our placement exam flyer for students here - Flyer!


You can also review the general yearly schedule below.

Special Accommodations For OAS, Graduating Seniors, and Non-Traditional Students

  • Students registered with the Office of Accessibility Services are allowed to take the exam in the OAS office.
    • This accommodation requires prior approval with an OAS administrator.
  • Graduating seniors and Non-traditional students can request special accommodations regarding scheduling through the MLC supervisor.
  • Students registered with OAS, graduating seniors, and non-traditional students are still subject to the processing times for results in reference to peak and non-peak registration periods unless an accommodation has been made on their behalf.

Peak & Non-Peak Registration Periods

  • Students can email in advance to schedule an appointment or walk-in during the center’s normal operation hours Monday – Friday. (no weekend proctoring). *Walking-in is not available during our Distance Learning online/remote practices. Student can only email the MLC to schedule a placement exam appointment at this time. Please see our homepage for more details.* 
  • Students are encouraged to contact the MLC in advance to double check the center’s schedule and any activities taking place. *General yearly schedule is subject to change due to holidays, distance learning limitations, etc.*
  • The exam is not administered past 4:15pm Monday – Thursday; nor past 3:15pm on Friday. 
    • The exam can take up to 45 minutes to register for and complete; the center closes at 5pm Monday – Thursday, and 4pm on Friday. (no weekend proctoring)
  • Students should not expect immediate results after completing the exam unless special accommodations have been requested on their behalf and confirmed with the MLC manager. This is especially important if they are taking the exam during a non-peak registration period.


  • Students will receive an email from the MLC supervisor indicating their placement results have been posted to their Milestones on their CUNYfirst accounts.
  • A Milestone is not the actual registration for the course. The milestone gives students permission to register for the course.
  • Students can only register for the level they place into.
    • If you are unhappy with your placement result, you can speak to an advisor or an administrator in the Modern Languages & Literatures department.
  • Students are not allowed to retake the same exam if they are unhappy with their placement result.

Steps To Take After Results

  • Once students receive their results they should register for the class they placed into.
  • Students can also speak to Academic Advisement or an administrator in the Modern Languages and Literatures department if they have questions about the registration process or exemptions from the course they were placed into.
  • If students receive the email regarding their placement results but don’t see the milestone on their CUNYfirst, they can contact the MLC supervisor for assistance.  

CLEP Language Exams

  • Students also have an option to take the CLEP exam for French, German, or Spanish
  • Please note:
    • This exam is city wide and non-CUNY controlled and is a separate alternative from the MLC placement exam
    • The exam provides credit for both 101 and 102 language levels, pending the grade outcome, under the World Cultures and Communications GenEd credit requirements



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Language Workshops Schedule & Review Material Spring 2021




Updated Spring 2021