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Hindi 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 Interviews determine which language class is appropriate for your background and ability, and are only necessary if you intend to take the course. The interview results cannot be substituted for a proficiency exam. 

The department does not offer either Proficiency or Placement to those outside the University.


For registered UW students to waive the one-year UW foreign language requirement, take the Hindi Proficiency Exam is administered at the Office of Educational Assessment, 440 Schmitz Hall [map], (206) 543-1171. Contact the OEA to set up a date and time for you to take this Proficiency Exam. The exam consists of two major sections: one where you translate a given passage from Hindi to English, and one where you are asked to write an essay in Hindi, on a particular topic. There is also a small section asking you to translate given English sentences into Hindi. All Hindi in the exam, either provided to you, or which you provide, will be in Devanāgarī. Minimum passing grade is 60%, a low grade affects your eligibility to continue continue studying Hindi at the UW.


If you would like to take first-year Hindi and are not currently enrolled in any UW Hindi language class, you must first complete the online Hindi Language Placement Questionnaireavailable the first day of the first week of registration for Autumn quarter (early May). You are highly encouraged to submit your questionnaire as early as possible during the registration period, since the questionnaire can be closed without notice.

The first-year Hindi sequence is divided into two sections, one (311B) for students with no background whatsoever in Hindi, and the other (311A) for students with some (but not extensive) background. Both sections will meet daily from 9:30 to 10:20. Students are grouped into the two sections after completing the questionnaire about their backgrounds in Hindi.

The first-year Hindi sequence begins in Autumn and continues through Winter and Spring. It is not possible to begin the sequence in the Winter or Spring terms, since the preceding terms' courses are prerequisites. In other words, if you are interested in taking first-year Hindi at UW, you must enroll in the Autumn quarter. If you miss registering for Autumn quarter you will have to wait till the start of the series in the following Academic Year, i.e., next Autumn.

Enrollment Restrictions: Because it is quite possible that students enrolled in Hindi 311 may already have some exposure to or proficiency in Hindi, it is important that the University of Washington policy concerning taking language courses at the first and second-year level be understood. This policy reads as follows:

First-year (elementary) or second-year (intermediate) foreign-language credit is not granted either by examination or by course completion in a student’s native language. “Native language” is defined as the language, or one of the languages, spoken in the student’s home during the first six years of his or her life and in which he or she received instruction through the seventh grade.

Students who misrepresent the extent of their background so as to gain entrance to a course at the elementary of intermediate level may be dropped from the rolls of that course. Students who have questions as to whether they are prohibited from taking Hindi 311 according to this policy should speak with one of the instructors so as to obtain a suitable placement in a Hindi course at the appropriate level.

Once you have submitted your questionnaire, you will receive email indicating your status and including further directions. Notification is normally within five working days; however, submissions for Fall quarter classes received after the Spring quarter's eighth week of instruction will be responded to within one month.

Note that the questionnaire may be closed during certain periods over the summer. If you find it closed, please check back again later.

Note: If you get a "catalyst tools error" message when clicking on the link below, this simply means the questionnaire is currently closed.

Hindi Language Placement Questionnaire

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 interview, please contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance of your scheduled interview date at: 206.543.6450/V, 206.543.6452/TTY, 206.685.7264 (FAX), or e-mail at