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
Classics (Greek/Latin) Dr. Dan Harris-McCoy (808) 956‑4183 Moore 459
French (French/Italian)(BA majors) Jacob Huss (808) 956‑4175 Moore 490
French (1st/2nd year Coordinator) Joan Debrah (808) 956‑4179 Moore 494
French (MA majors) Dr. Louis Bousquet (808) 956-4185 Moore 485
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:

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions in Oahu, the SPANISH placement exam and following advising will be administered fully online.

Spanish FAQs about the placement exam

Please complete this form and we will send you an individualized link to the exam the day that you have chosen to take the exam.

Note that the placement exam is only for students who have NOT previously studied Spanish at UH. The placement exam may be taken only once and cannot be used to skip levels. If you took the exam in the last 6 months, contact us to request a code for the UH system ( or Once you receive the link, you will have until the end of the day to complete the test; it takes about 30 min depending on your level. Do not forget to select the date you wish to take the Spanish placement exam: August 16, August 18, August 19, and August 20, 2021. Registrations will not be accepted for the same day, make sure you register by 4 pm the day before.


Continuing UH system Spanish students should proceed to the next higher course in the sequence (101, 102, 201, 202). See Spanish Division undergraduate chair 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 (see schedule below). 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 Chair, Benito Quintana, (956-8796 or the Undergraduate Advisor, Eric Thau (956-4440,


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