YES, you should take the placement test, if none of the statements above are true for you. An assessment is required if you are not a true beginner or did not complete a language course in high school or at Western. Self-placement is not permitted.
The test is designed to assess your skills and background in such a way that you can enroll in a course that really allows you to improve your competence. You would not want to be in a course that is too easy for you, so that you would not learn much, or in one that is too difficult, so that you would feel overwhelmed.
Please answer the questions honestly, without preparation and to the best of your knowledge, because the best placement will maximize your chances of taking the course that will most benefit you. Try to answer all questions, unless you do not know the answer. Do not use any help, for example from friends or from resources like dictionaries. The nature of the test and the time the test takes varies with the language, but averages around 20-30 minutes. Each placement test can only be submitted once, but there is no time limit to completing the test. Misrepresenting your abilities will be considered a violation of the Code of Student Conduct. The Department reserves the right to transfer a student out of a course, if it is deemed that the student does not have the appropriate level of language for the course.
In order to take the test, you will need to enter your name, student number, faculty, and year of registration. When you complete the test, please email the requested information to the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, so that you can be contacted with a recommendation as to the course you should enroll in. All special permissions will be given at that time. There is no due date for this assessment, but processing time may vary depending on the time in the academic year.