Hebrew Placement Exam

1. What is the purpose of the Hebrew Placement Test?

The purpose of the Hebrew Placement Test is to assess your preparation for course work in Hebrew at UCI. Students will be placed into one of the following courses: Hebrew 1A, 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B or 2C. You may also be asked to complete an oral interview before you receive a final placement for Hebrew.

2. Who needs to take courses in Hebrew?

Language learning is an integral part of a university education and learning another language is a worthwhile endeavor for any student, whether that language is one’s heritage language or a completely new language. The acquisition of a second or even third language increases one’s global literacy and helps to foster a greater appreciation of diversity. In our rapidly changing and increasingly interconnected world, students with language skills in more than one language will be able to engage their world in more meaningful and productive ways.

Successful completion of lower-division course work (or the equivalent) in Hebrew through the 2C level may be used to satisfy the foreign language requirement in the School of Humanities. Completion of Hebrew 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.  

3. How can I enroll in a Hebrew course?

You must complete the following steps to enroll in a Hebrew course at UCI:

    • Complete a Student Language Background Survey available on the Humanities Language Learning Program web site.
    • Take the placement test, if required.
    • You will be contacted by a faculty member, if an interview is required.
    • After you have taken the placement test and have had an interview (if required), the director of the Humanities Language Learning Program will contact you to discuss your placement and enrollment authorization.

4. What should I study before the examination?

You should review both basic vocabulary and grammar. You should practice: exchanging common greetings; telling time; talking about weather, family, and friends; talking about your likes and dislikes; stating your opinion. You should also be able to understand some idiomatic expressions, answer questions regarding a reading passage, and answer listening and comprehension questions. 

5. How can I prepare for the examination?

Reviewing newspapers and books, as well as listening to fluent speakers can help prepare you for the test. 

In addition, the following texts are an excellent review of the fundamentals of Hebrew:

Ringwald, V. et al. (2005). Brandeis Modern Hebrew. Hanover [N.H.]: University Press of New England.

Uveeler, L. and Bronznick, N.M. (1991) Ha-yesod. Fundamentals of Hebrew. 8 th Edition. New York: Feldheim Publishers.

The Academic Testing Center has a small reference library to help you with your test preparation. Click here to learn about the check-out and return policies and procedures.

6. How long is the test?

The Hebrew placement test is currently under revision, but is approximately 60 minutes long. It includes multiple choice questions on grammar and reading comprehension, as well as a writing section.

7. How long are the results valid?

The results are valid for your entire academic career at UCI. You may take the test only one time. Please be advised that if you take the test more often than allowed, your new results will not be reported.

8. Is test registration required?

Yes. Test registration is always required. You may register by contacting the Academic Testing Center at 949-824-6207 or testcenter@uci.edu. You may also register in person at the Academic Testing Center, 3040 Anteater Instruction and Research Building.

9. Do I need an I.D. to take a placement test?

Yes. You will need two forms of valid photo I.D. Examples of valid photo I.D. are: a UCI, other university, or high school I.D.; a photo-bearing driver's license; a state-issued identification card with photo; a valid passport; or any government-issued identification bearing a photo.

If you need further information, please contact the AcademicTesting Center at testcenter@uci.edu or call our office at (949) 824-6207 or contact your academic counseling office.