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Italian Language Placement

How to Register for an Italian Class

Students who have taken Italian before college and plan to continue at Hopkins must take the departmental placement exam before registering for an Italian class. This exam is available online year-round; for the most accurate placement recommendation, take it just before the semester you actually plan to study the language.

If you have successfully taken the pre-requisite courses for the class, you do not need to take the placement test.

If you have little or no previous exposure to Italian, register for Italian Elements 1 (210.151); you do not need to take the placement test.

Italian Placement Exam

The Italian placement exam is divided into three parts. Your previous knowledge of Italian will determine which parts of the exam you will need to take:

  • Take part 1 of the placement exam if you have had one to two years of Italian instruction and/or you have spent at least two months studying in Italy.
  • Take parts 1 and 2 of the placement exam if you have had three to four years of Italian instruction and/or you have spent at least six months studying in Italy.
  • Take parts 1, 2, and 3 of the placement exam if you have had five or more years of Italian instruction and/or you have spent at least one year studying in Italy.

You are allowed to take this test only once. If you start the test, you will have to complete all the applicable parts without taking a break. You should allow for at least 45 minutes per part. The maximum time that is allowed for each part is 60 minutes.

To access the exam, or for questions regarding the exam or your score, please email Professor Alessandro Zannirato.