Advising and Placement Exams

All LLEA majors MUST consult the advisors listed below for mandatory advising prior to registration. A “hold” will be placed on your registration. After you have spoken to your advisor, your hold will be removed.

Scroll down for information on placement exams for French, German, and Spanish.

If you need further information regarding our courses, please contact the following advisors:

Division Advisor Phone No. Office E-mail
French  Jacob Huss (808) 956‑4175 Moore 490
German Dr. Maryann Overstreet (808) 956‑4172 Moore 454
Russian Dr. Anastasia Kostetskaya (808) 956‑4181 Moore 457
Spanish (BA majors) Dr. Eric Thau (808) 956‑4440 Moore 430
Spanish (MA majors) Dr. Joy Logan (808) 956‑4163 Moore 488

French Placement Exam:

Continuing UH system French students may continue on to the next course.

Students with no prior French language experience should enroll in FR 101.

If you have prior French language experience (i.e., high school instruction, residence in a French speaking country, live with native speakers, etc.), you are encouraged to take the placement exam, except those students with college credit for French classes.

For French Placement, please contact Jacob Huss at 

German Placement Exam:

Students with no prior German language experience should enroll in GER 101, and may do so without consent.

Non-native speakers of German with previous experience (high school or college) who need assistance with placement in a course above GER 101 may take the placement exam. Please arrive on time. If, on the first day of class, your language proficiency level is higher than the 101 level, you will be placed in a higher level course.  Students who place at the 102 level or higher fulfill the language requirement faster and also may be eligible to receive free back credits (for more information, visit

Native and near-native speakers of German do not need to take the placement exam and may enroll in the following courses for credit: GER 312, GER 313, GER 320, GER 361, GER 371, any 400-level GER courses, and any of our LLEA courses, including LLEA 320, LLEA 340, LLEA 342 and LLEA 416. The remaining GER courses are designed for non-native speakers and will not be open to native- and near-native speakers. To obtain an override code in order to register for a GER course, please contact the instructor of the course.

Registration is not required;The test takes approximately 30 minutes.  Results are given upon completion of the test.

German Placement exam will be via ZOOM. Please email Katinka Hammerich at directly to set up a zoom placement test appointment. 

Spanish Placement Exam:

Fall 2022 Spanish Placement test

This fall 2022 the placement exam will be provided Face-to-Face (F2F) at the CLT computer Lab in Moore Hall 153, and ONLINE. Both tests are identical. Select the date in which you want to take the placement test. Tests are not administered on demand or outside of the posted schedule. Capacity is limited for all test dates.

To register, select the date in which you plan to take the test. Note when you select whether the test is administered Face-to-Face (F2F) or ONLINE. To access the registration form you must use your UH email account ( and have logged-into your Google@UH webspace within the same web browser (for technical assistance on this topic, reach out to ITS).

Online testing does not have a specific time of day on when the test will be administered, but you must complete the test within 24 hours once you are given access. More information will be sent the day before or morning of the date in which you signed up to take the online test.

Face-to-Face test dates (Moore Hall 153) Online test dates
  August 15 – ONLINE – Capacity has been reached. Please select a different date.
  August 17 – ONLINE – Capacity has been reached. Please select a different date.
August 18 – F2F  
August 23 – F2F  
August 24 – F2F  
  August 25 – ONLINE – Capacity has been reached. Please select a different date.
August 26 – F2F  

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Spanish FAQs about the placement exam

The placement exam is only for students that have NOT previously studied Spanish at UH. The placement exam may be taken only once and cannot be used to skip levels or used for any other institution at the UH system or for any study abroad program. The exam cannot be used to obtain credits or grant language waivers for Spanish from UHM. Credits or waivers can only be granted through further assessments.

If you took the exam in the last 6 months, contact us to request a code for the UH system ( or The test takes about 30 min. to complete depending on your level.

Continuing UH system Spanish students should proceed to the next higher course in the sequence (101, 102, 201, 202). See Spanish Division undergraduate advisor for assistance. The UH Mānoa placement exam is only for students beginning Spanish coursework at UH Mānoa.

Students with no prior Spanish language experience may enroll in SPAN 101. Students with prior Spanish language experience (i.e., high school instruction, contact with native speakers, etc.), must take the placement exam. For information on receiving back credits visit:

The placement exam is a diagnostic tool. It does not satisfy or waive UH Mānoa Hawaiian/Second Language (H/SL) requirements. It is in the student’s best interest to do well on the placement exam and possibly reduce the number of courses needed to satisfy UHM H/SL. Guidance will be given after completion of the placement exam.

If you do not register the same semester that you take the placement exam, you need to request an authorization again when you are ready to register. Placement exam results are only valid for one term.

For other registration questions contact the Spanish Division Head, Benito Quintana, (956-8796 or the Undergraduate Advisor, Eric Thau (956-4440,


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