Russian Placement Exam

The Russian language program’s placement test is designed to help incoming students determine what level course to enter.

The Russian Placement exam is available online. To be registered for the exam, please contact the coordinator of Russian language.


Waiver Exams for ESIA Students


Who Needs to Take the Placement Test



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

  • Never studied Russian in high school, and do not speak Russian at home (please enroll in SLAV 1001 or SLAV 1012)



You do need to take the placement test if you:

  • Wish to take any course above first-year Russian (SLAV 1001 or SLAV 1012) and have not taken any Russian courses at GW
  • Have never formally studied Russian, but speak the language at home (heritage speaker)
  • Received a score on an AP or IB exam that makes you eligible to receive credit, and you have not yet seen the credits transfer


College Credit Exams

GW accepts the International Baccalaureate (IB) exam. At this time, GW does not accept Russian language credit for the Advanced Placement (AP), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) or SAT II exams.

International Baccalaureate Exam

The International Baccalaureate Organization offers a Russian exam at the A1 level. Credit for IB exams is subject to change. Please see the University Bulletin website for the latest information.