Students, incoming and continuing, with any knowledge of Ancient Greek, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, or Spanish who haven’t taken a course in these languages at The Claremont Colleges will be required to take a placement exam. The exams will need to be taken before your arrival on campus. Please read below for the various deadlines*. To take a placement exam outside of the dates listed below, please contact the language department directly.

The results allow the departments to place you in the appropriate-level class to continue your study of a language.

Ancient Greek

*All students who have previously studied Ancient Greek should contact Prof Keim (ben.keim@pomona.edu) to discuss their placement.

Chinese

All students must take the online component by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 24th.
The Chinese placement test consists of 2 components, an online questionnaire and an online test, both are on Sakai and both are required Please read these directions carefully for further details.

French

*All students must take the online exam by 11:59 p.m. on Fri. July 31st.
The French placement test is available via Sakai. Please read below for further Sakai information.

German

*All students must take the online exam by 11:59 p.m. on Fri. July 31st.
The German placement test can be taken at any time. Please create the required login on the TrueNorth website to take the placement exam.

Japanese

*All students should take the online component by 11:55 p.m. on Fri. July 31st.
The Japanese placement test consists of 2 components; both are required. Part 1 is taken online via SakaiFor Part 2, you will be contacted by one of the Japanese instructors. Please read these directions carefully for further details on when and where the 2 components will be available.

Latin

*All students who have previously studied Latin should take the online exam by 11:59 p.m. on Fri. July 31st.
The Latin placement test is available via Sakai. Please read below for further Sakai information.

Russian

*All students with knowledge in Russian must take the online exam by 11:59 p.m. on Fri. July 31st.
The Russian placement test is available via Sakai. Please read below for further Sakai information.

Spanish

*All students must take the online exam by 11:59 p.m. on Fri. July 31st.
The Spanish placement test can be taken at any time. Please create the required login on the TrueNorth website to take the placement exam.

Accessing the Sakai based Placement Exams

The online Sakai exams will be available on July 10th; direct your browser to the Sakai site and perform the following:

  1. Click on “Login” in the upper right corner.
  2. Then choose the name of your College from the pull down menu under “Please Select Your College.”
  3. Then log in with your College Login ID.
  4. Reminder: you do need to have set up your College email in order to access the Sakai sites.
  5. If you’re an incoming student you will see multiple placement exam tabs along the top in Sakai. Your college’s ITS will have automatically added you to any online placement exams that are available in Sakai.
  6. If you encounter difficulties logging into Sakai, you can contact your College ITS Help Desk: