Italian Placement & Special Credit

Language placement for Italian

You cannot fulfill the foreign language requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences or other schools on the Indiana University Bloomington campus (nor the university’s general education requirements) simply by taking the online placement exam. Depending on the requirement, it may be fulfilled by taking AP or IB exams (see the Office of Admissions website). However, normally a student with prior knowledge of Italian must take the online Indiana University placement exam and then complete at least one “validating course” in Italian.

Placement exam

If you have previous knowledge of Italian, you must take the online placement exam through the Bloomington Evaluation Services and Testing Office. The scores will be made available to you during the orientation session for freshmen or transfer students, or you can check with the Department to obtain your score. The placement exam is used only to place you at the correct level as you start your language study at Indiana University. It is not used to establish proficiency in the language or to receive any university credit. To be clear, if you test out of M100 or M150 with the placement exam, you will NOT receive credit for those courses. If you test out of any 200-level Italian course, see Special Credit, below.

The online placement exam costs $54, which covers all language placement exams for one academic year. This amount will be billed to your Bursar account.

Placement Exam Scores and Courses
Score Placement
41-53 M150
54-66 M200
67+ M250

Anyone receiving a score of 75 or higher should please contact the director of language instruction in Italian, Dr. Serafin, to see if they are ready to advance to M300.

Advanced placement + IB credit

You should consult the Office of Admissions website to find out about credit in Italian given as a result of Advanced Placement (AP) exams or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams.

Course permissions

Online permission is needed for our individual readings courses, and for our online language classes above M100.