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Examinations and Tests

Proficiency Test

Proficiency tests are intended for students wanting to…

  • waive the one-year UW foreign language graduation requirement;
  • waive the UW foreign language admissions requirement (three years of high school foreign language or one quarter at the college/university level).


To arrange to take the written Russian Proficiency Test, Polish Proficiency Test or Ukrainian Proficiency Test:

  • contact the OEA Testing Center [Schmitz Hall 440 or (206) 543-1171)] to schedule your written exam
  • pay the fee in cash or personal check (lower for UW students; higher if the results are to be sent to another institution) when you arrive at your testing appointment
  • after you have taken the written exam, contact the appropriate oral exam administrator via email.  (Please note that only those students who score over 80% on the written portion of the Polish Proficiency Test will be allowed to take the oral portion.)

To schedule the oral test in Polish, contact Professor Katarzyna Dziwirek:

Proficiency tests for Bosnian-Croatian-Montenegrin-Serbian, and Romanian may be arranged on an individual basis. Contact the Slavic Department administrator ( for details.  

Proficiency tests must be requested no later than the 5th week of the quarter in which you want to take the exam.  Please note that no proficiency tests are administered during summer quarter.

Placement Tests

Placement tests are intended for students who wish to continue their study of a Slavic language at the UW but who are not certain which level of language they are most suited to begin with.

The Russian placement test is an hour-long, written exam which may be taken one time only by a student at any point during the year. Simply drop by the Slavic Department office and request a “Placement Test.” The test is administered in the department and results are often available the same day.

Please note that NO CREDIT is given for this exam. The placement test is a tool to gauge language level only and may not be used for any other purpose (i.e., in lieu of a proficiency exam).

Placement tests for Bosnian-Croatian-Montenegrin-Serbian,  and Ukrainian may be arranged on an individual basis. Contact the Slavic Department administrator ( for details.

Credit by Exam

The Slavic department does not offer credit by exams for any language at this time.