Students, incoming and continuing, with any knowledge of Chinese, French, German, Japanese, 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.

Chinese

*Pomona students must take the online component by Midnight on Wed. Aug. 16th.
*Non-Pomona students must take the online component by 5PM on Wed. Aug. 23rd.
The Chinese placement test consists of 2 components, both are required. Part 1 is taken online via Sakai and Part 2 is in person. Please read these directions carefully for further details on when and where the 2 components will be available.

French

*All students must take the Sakai test by Sun. Aug. 20st.
The French placement test is available via Sakai. Please read below for further Sakai information.

German

*Pomona students must take the online component by Midnight on Sun. Aug. 20th.
*Non-Pomona students must take the online component by Midnight on Wed. Aug. 23rd.
The German placement test can be taken at any time. The password is “sagehens1″.

Japanese

*Pomona students must take the online component by Midnight on Wed. Aug. 16th.
*Non-Pomona students must take the online component by Midnight on Wed. Aug. 23rd.
The Japanese placement test consists of 2 components, both are required. Part 1 is taken online via Sakai and Part 2 is in person. Please read these directions carefully for further details on when and where the 2 components will be available.

Russian

*Pomona students must take the online component by Midnight on Wed. Aug. 23rd.
The Russian placement test is available via Sakai. Please read below for further Sakai information.

Spanish

*All students must take the online component by Midnight on Wed. Aug. 23rd.
The Spanish placement test can be taken at any time. The password is “sagehens1″.

Accessing the Online Placement Exams

For the online exams, 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: