Placement Testing

The Department of African American & African Studies will place you within the lower division Somali or Swahili language sequence upon individual consultation with the instructor. A combination of oral and written methods may be used to determine which class you should start in.

The CLA Testing Program administers the Language Proficiency Exam (LPE) to students at the end of the fourth semester or for placement into upper-division courses. For more information about the Somali LPE, visit langtest.umn.edu. Swahili has no LPE. Students requesting to use Somali or Swahili for their second language requirement and are not taking courses would need to meet with their CLA advisor for a referral.

Language requirement and upper-division placement:

To fulfill the CLA second language requirement, students must earn a C- or better in a fourth-semester language course or pass a language proficiency test.  The CLA Language Testing Program administers the Language Proficiency Exam (LPE) in Somali.  The LPE fulfills the CLA second language requirement for students who do not take Somali courses.  The LPE is also the placement test for students attempting to start their language study in upper-division courses.  For more information about the Somali LPE, visit langtest.umn.edu.  Swahili does not have an LPE.  Students requesting to use Swahili for their second language requirement without taking courses need to meet with their CLA advisor for a referral to take a Swahili proficiency assessment.

For course placement, contact our Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor, Terrion Williamson (tlwillia@umn.edu).