Vietnamese Proficiency & Placement

See also general information on Proficiency and Placement Exams. Proficiency Exams measure your ability in a language and are used to satisfy or waive language requirements. Placement Exams and interviews determine which language class is appropriate for your background and ability. The department does not offer either kind of exam to those outside the University.


Note that we do not offer the Exam to prospective UW students or non-UW students.

One way to waive the one-year UW foreign language requirement is to pass the Department's Vietnamese Proficiency Exam, scheduled quarterly during the regular academic year, except Summer quarter. A $20 fee is to be paid on the day the Exam is taken. If paying by check, make it out to "Department of Asian Languages and Literature." Please send an email to with your name and e-mail address to sign-up for the Exam.

The next Vietnamese Proficiency Exam will take place Wednesday, April 2, 2:30-4:20.  Location: Loew Hall 106

The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. If you are a student with a documented disability and need to request disability accommodation(s) for your exam, please contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance of your scheduled exam date at: 206.543.6450/V, 206.543.6452/TTY, 206.685.7264 (FAX), or e-mail at


The Vietnamese instructor will conduct individual placement tests in her office (Gowen Hall M233) before/during the start of each quarter's registration period. This is not the proficiency test that waives the UW language requirement.

To arrange for an individual placement appointment, sign up for a time slot on the sign-up sheet on the instructor's door. For Spring Quarter 2014, the placement tests will be held on:

  • Monday, February 3 from 1:30-2:45 PM
  • Monday, February 10 from 1:30-2:45 PM

  • Thursday, February 13 from 2:35-2:50 PM
  • Wednesday, February 19  from 1:30-3:00 PM
  • Monday, February 24 from 1:30-2:45 PM
  • Monday, March 3 from 1:30-2:45 PM
  • Tuesday, March 4 from 2:35-2:50 PM
  • Monday, March 10 from 1:30-2:45 PM

Students who misrepresent the extent of their background so as to gain entrance to a course at the elementary or intermediate level will be dropped from the roster of that course.