Armenian Placement Exam 


The Western Armenian Placement Exam is designed to evaluate the language skills of students with prior training in Armenian and assess their preparation for coursework in Armenian at UCI. Students will be placed into one of the following courses: Armenian 1A, 1B, 1C, 2A.

Students with no prior experience with Armenian and students with heritage speaking background may enter Armenian 1A.

Students who have had high school Armenian must take the placement exam to enroll in an Armenian class.

Students who have taken courses in Armenian at another college or university and who wish to enroll in an Armenian course must take a copy of their college transcripts to their UCI academic counselor in order to receive authorization to enroll in the next course. Successful completion of lower-division course work (or the equivalent) in Armenian through the 2C level may be used to satisfy the foreign language requirement in the School of Humanities. Completion of Armenian course work through the 1C level may also be used to satisfy UCI's Language Other Than English (Category VI) General Education requirement. Students majoring in International Studies must satisfy Language Other Than English requirements through the 2C level. Please consult your academic advisor if you have questions about these requirements.

The Placement Exam is a 90-minute, written exam which tests students’ skills in comprehension, grammar, composition and rhetoric. To review, you may consult the following language textbooks:

-Practical Textbook of Western Armenian by Haroutiun Kurkjian (any edition).
            -Western Armenian for the English-Speaking World: A Contrastive Approach by Dora
            Sakayan (2012).

The highest proficiency level attainable at UCI by taking the Armenian exam is 2A.

This test may be taken only once. No University credit is given. There is no fee to take the 90 minute test if you are a UCI student. 


Contact the Academic Testing Center for scheduling and registration for the exam. You must present two government issued photo ID's at the time of registration.

If you need further information on language testing, please e-mail the Academic Testing Center at testcenter@uci.edu or call our office at (949) 824-6207 or contact your academic counseling office.

To find out more about the Armenian Studies Program at UCI, please visit our website: https://www.humanities.uci.edu/armenianstudies.