Italian Placement Test


You SHOULD take the placement test if:

Normally, students who scored a 5 on the AP exam, a 760 on the SAT Subject, 7 on the higher-level IB test, a grade of A on the British A-level exam administers in 2019 have fulfilled their language requirements do not need to take the placement test and are eligible for an ITA 200+ class.  However, due to the changed examination circumstances due to Coronavirus, all students who received these scores on tests administered in 2020 must take the Departmental Placement Test in order to confirm their advanced placement. Students will be awarded advanced placement credit if they pass the departmental placement test. In addition, students who are placed in a 200-level or higher course will take an oral interview scheduled by the director of the Italian language program.

  • You have studied Italian in high school or have taken courses through summer programs or have studied abroad.
  • You have previously taken an Italian course in the Italian Department– ITA 101-102-103.

The placement test will make sure that students are placed in the appropriate course according to their language proficiency level. Students can only be placed in ITA 101, 107, and 108 during the Fall semester, and ITA 102, 1027, and 207 during the Spring semester. Placements in ITA 107, 108, 1027, and 207, will be confirmed with an interview by the director of the Italian program, Dr. Anna Cellinese.

Please note the following for planning purposes

  • ITA 101, 107, and 108 are only offered in the fall
  • ITA 102, 103 and 1027 are only offered in the spring
  • Students can take the Placement test twice per year – in August and in December

You SHOULD NOT take the placement test if:

  • You scored a 5 on the AP exam, a 760 on the SAT Subject, 7 on the higher-level IB test, a grade of A on the British A-level exam. If you fulfill one of the above-mentioned requirements, you are eligible for any ITA 200+ class.
  • Students who have already met the language requirement are encouraged to enroll in an upper-division class if they wish to pursue further studies in Italian. For information about possible pathways, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Christy Wampole: cwampole@Princeton.EDU


Students with valid netIDs can access the online placement tests following the instructions below: 

  1. From the list of Language Placement Test Self-Enrollment Links below, click on the link to self-enroll into the Language Placement Test course site of your choosing in Canvas. 
    (Note: You may be prompted to log in to Canvas.  If so, click the Princeton netID, button and enter your credentials in the space provided.)
  2. When the Canvas site loads, click the Enroll in Course button.
  3. At that point, you’ll be added to the course roster.  You are not required to take the test immediately; you can return to the test site at any time during the testing period by following the link that will appear in your Canvas dashboard.  (Allow enough time to complete the test by the deadline.)
    • If the course site is available, you will be given the choice to visit the Language Placement Test site or return to your Canvas Dashboard.  If you do not access the Placement Test site immediately, you can always access it from your Canvas Dashboard. 
    • If the course site is NOT available, you will receive an email from Canvas once the site is made available. 

Italian Language Placement Test Self-Enrollment Link: 

If you have any questions, please contact the director of the Italian language program, Dr. Anna Cellinese –

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