Language Placement Exam

Language Placement Exam

Language Placement Exam Schedule

The MLC provides placement exams both in-person & online/virtual via Zoom. Emailing the MLC is the best method of communciatin - Students can also call the front des at 212-484-1140 or stop by the center in room 7.64 NB. Please also check the MLC home page for more information.


  • 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 Hybrid 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 placement exam is only required for registration into language courses above 101 if students do not want to start at the 101 level because they want to place higher or out of the 100 level courses.
  • American Sign Language (ASL) - currently, there is no placement exam requirement for ASL. Students can register for 101 and do not need a milestone or persmion intervention. Also, ASL satisfies the CUNY General Education requirements of 101 and 102 for language at the college. 

Placement Exam Important Information:

·    SPANISH: If you are interested or need to take Spanish as a language course, please complete this survey first: We 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. Please complete the survey only once. 

·    FRENCH: If you want to register for a French course above 101 (b/c you do not want to start at the 101 level), please email the MLC for placement exam scheduling assistance ( because the placement exam is required for registration above 101. 

  • If you are only interested in registering for 101, please indicate this in your email to the MLC. There is no placement exam required for registration into the 101 course during the interim of Hybrid Learning. See What Has Changed information above.

·    All Other Languages: Please inquire with the MLC via email for placement exam scheduling assistance. See What Hasn’t Changed information above.

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 who schedule an online/virtual session will receive an online meeting outlook calendar invite to either Zoom. 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. Students who schedule an in-person session complete the exam in the MLC computer lab. 
    • When scheduling an appointment with an MLC staff member, the Meeting Type in the confirmation email a student receives after the appointment is saved will indicate the mode of support
      • Either In-Person Meeting (7.64 NB) or Virtual Meeting (online via Zoom)
    • Students can also log into Navigate for the appointment details and meeting type information after it is scheduled.

Outreach and processing times will vary for survey assessments, registrations, exam requirement details, and placement results. We apologize for any delays in advance. Please bear with us as we try our best to reach out and process data as fast as we can. We thank you for your patience.

The MLC wishes everyone good luck and success. Please let us know if you have any questions. -Thank You

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


General yearly schedule

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

  • Students registered with the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) are allowed to take the exam in the OAS office.
    • This accommodation requires prior approval between an OAS administrator and the MLC manager.
  • Graduating seniors can request special accommodations regarding scheduling through the MLC manager. Please note, not all accommodations can be fulfilled. 
  • Students registered with OAS and graduating seniors are still subject to the placement exam schedule above regarding blackout dates & processing times for results. 

Peak & Non-Peak Registration Periods

  • Students must email, call, or stop by the center in advance to schedule an appointment. Please note, there is no Friday or weekend proctoring for the placement exam. *Walking in to take the exam without a scheduled appointment is not available during our Hybrid Learning & Support period. Students have to contact the MLC in advance to schedule a placement exam appointment. Please see the MLC home page for details on the center's Hybrid schedule of operations. 
  • 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, hybrid learning and support limitations/changes, etc.*
  • The exam is not administered 45 minutes to closing time on any given day there are sessions available.   
    • The exam can take up to 45-60 minutes to register for and complete; the center closes at 5pm throughout the week. There is no Friday or 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 manager 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 placed into based on exam result.
    • If a student is not satisfied with their placement result, they can speak to an advisor or an administrator in the Modern Languages & Literatures department.
      • Students have other options to receive exemption/credit for language at the college. See all options below. 
  • Students are not allowed to retake the same exam twice if they are not satisfied with their placement result. Placement exams can only be completed once per language. 

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 to the Modern Languages and Literatures department advisors/administrators if they have questions about the registration process or about 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 manager for assistance.  

All options to receive exemption from taking a language course at the college:

John Jay's General Education Requirements: 







Updated 2023