Correct placement in foreign language courses is an important consideration for UB students and for teachers of foreign languages.
The purpose of the placement exam is to determine the first UB course for those who will study a foreign language to which they have had previous exposure. We are currently offering placement exams for Chinese, French, Italian and Spanish through Avant PLACE.
The exam is taken only once per language and should be completed within 40 minutes. The exam includes sections on reading comprehension, contextualized grammar, and writing. It utilizes actual cultural texts and audio students would encounter in the real world such as articles, advertisements, and news.
If you have any further questions, please contact:
During the summer, please allow several weeks for a response to questions as there are times in which faculty will be out of reach of internet service.
When contacting Language Coordinators, make sure that the following information is included:
Students may send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org to make inquiries about language placement.
General program information and placement information form for Romance languages and literatures.
Once you fill out the form below, you will receive an email with the special UB log-in and instructions for the test. Enter the Test Code and Password (provided via email) as well as your full name and UB email address
Students who wish to take a sample test in preparation for the exam can access one at PLACE Sample Tests
If you are encountering any issues with the accessibility of this exam, please contact the Office of Accessibility Resources.
Results will be sent to your UB email account and you will be directed to the course into which you will have to register to continue your language studies at UB.
Students who take the Avant PLACE exam before midnight (Monday through Friday, excluding holidays) should expect an email with initial results and placement by noon the following work day. These initial results will be based on the reading comprehension and contextualized grammar portions of the test.
Results for the writing portion of the test will be graded within 7 days of the test. Once these results are available, you will receive another email with those results. If there is a significant discrepancy between the initial results' placement and those of the writing section, the student will be required to schedule a meeting with the coordinator to ascertain the correct placement.
Please check your SPAM folder first to make sure that the email with the exam results did not land there