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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 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.

Proficiency Exam

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 for summer quarter.

Steps to take the Vietnamese Proficiency Exam:

  1. $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."
  2. Send an email to with your (1) name, (2) student ID #, (3) e-mail address.

In light of the public health advisories on social distancing, our in-person Vietnamese and Mandarin Chinese proficiency exams have been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you plan to graduate in spring or summer quarter 2020 and you need to take the exam to complete a graduation requirement, please contact an Asian Languages and Literature advisor at for information on next steps.

The Vietnamese proficiency test has two parts. The first part is translating a text from English into Vietnamese. The text is in elementary level but the test takers are expected to be able to write the translation with correct spelling, correct diacritic marks and tones. The second text is in intermediate level and slightly more challenging. The test takers are expected to understand and translate it into English. Correction and accuracy are required. 

Placement Interview

To arrange a Placement Interview in Vietnamese, please email Dr. Bich-Ngoc Turner.

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.

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