Italian Placement Exam

The Italian language program’s placement test is designed to help incoming students determine what level course to enter. Instructions will be provided once you begin the exam. Please note: You may only take the Italian placement exam once.


    Who Needs to Take the Placement Test



    You do not need to take a placement test if you:

    • Never studied Italian in high school, and do not speak Italian at home (please enroll in ITAL 1001)
    • Received a 4 or a 5 on the AP Italian exam, in which case they can enroll directly in Italian 2005 (with a score of 4) or in Italian 2006 (with a score of 5).
    • If you have taken an IB exam, please contact the program for placement information.



    You do need to take the placement test if you:

    • Wish to take any course above first-year Italian (ITAL 1001) and have not taken any Italian courses at GW
    • Have never formally studied Italian, but it is a language that is spoken at home (heritage speakers)
    • Received a 3 or lower on the AP Italian exam


    College Credit Exams

    Currently, GW accepts the Advanced Placement (AP) exam and the International Baccalaureate (IB) exam.

    • Advanced Placement Exam: The College Board offers an Advanced Placement exam in Italian Language. Credit for AP exams is subject to change. Please see the GW Bulletin for AP credit information.

    • International Baccalaureate Exam: The International Baccalaureate Organization offers Italian exams at levels, A1 and B. Credit for IB exams is subject to change. Please see the GW Bulletin for IB credit information.

    At this time, GW does not accept credit for the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) or SAT II exams. However, the score may help determine your level. Contact the director of the Italian language program with any questions.