All students who have previous knowledge of modern Hebrew and plan to continue learning modern Hebrew at Johns Hopkins university must take the departmental placement exam before registering for a modern Hebrew class. This exam is available online year round. However, for the most accurate placement recommendation, take it just before the semester you plan to study the language. 

The exam covers vocabulary, listening and reading comprehension, and knowledge of grammatical forms. 

To take Modern Hebrew Placement Test users must self-enroll in the Modern Hebrew placement site

If you do not have any Modern Hebrew Language skills in writing, speaking, or listening to reading, you are encouraged to register for Hebrew for Beginners – Elementary level I – AS.210.120 .01. This elementary level is offered twice a year – in the fall semester and the spring semester.  

The Hebrew program offers six courses:  

  • Elementary I & II – AS.210.120 / 121  
  • Intermediate I & II – AS.210.220 / 221 
  • Advanced I & II AS.210.320 / 321  

If you have any further questions, please contact Mirit Bessire – Hebrew Language Program Director at [email protected]  

Looking forward to seeing you in our Hebrew courses in any level!  

Taking the Placement Exam

To enroll in the placement course, log into Canvas using your jhed credentials. Once on Canvas, select the Enroll button, then the Enroll in Course button, and then use the Go to Course link to access the placement exam. 

 The Modern Hebrew placement assessment process consists of three parts:  

  1. A concise survey (in English) that would help us determine which of the assessments a student should take. In the placement site, after completing the survey, you will be notified which placement exam you need to take.  
  2. An online assessment placement exam based on the responses in the survey online. 
    • Taking the assessment: In the Hebrew Placement site, you will be directed following the survey to Stage 2 – for specific placement test.  
  3. A short Zoom interview: After taking the placement test, please email Mirit Bessire – The Hebrew instructor ([email protected]) to set up a time for a short individual meeting over Zoom. In this meeting we plan to discuss your Hebrew goals and talk about courses that would best suit your current level.  

Ethics Statement

Johns Hopkins University believes strongly that every member of its community should hold the highest standard of integrity for their work and avoid academic dishonesty. You are expected to behave in an ethical manner while taking the online language placement exam.

You must take this exam without assistance from anyone and without the help of any document (notes, book, dictionary, etc.). You are allowed to take this test only once. Reproduction of the material on this test is a violation of ethical standards. Therefore, you should not discuss the questions on these tests with others nor may you provide others with the questions on these tests.

By taking the online placement test, you accept the following statements:

  • I will do my own work on this test. I will not receive assistance from another person nor from books or other documents.
  • I will not discuss this test with others or reproduce test questions in any format.
  • I will take this test online only once.