Russian Placement Exam

What is the purpose of the Russian Placement Test?

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

Who needs to take courses in Russian?

Successful completion of lower-division course work (or the equivalent) is required for Russian minors, and may be used to satisfy the foreign language requirement in the School of Humanities. Completion of Russian 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.

How can I enroll in a Russian course?

The following topics may be covered on the test: You must complete the following steps to enroll in a Russian course at UCI:

  • Complete a Student Language Background Survey. This can be done at the same time you take the placement exam.
  • Take the placement test.
  • After you take the placement test a faculty member will contact you to discuss your placement. You may need to complete an oral interview or a written essay before you receive final placement.

What should I study before the examination?

You should review both vocabulary and grammar. You should also practice vocabulary and grammar that allow you to perform the following tasks: exchanging common greetings; talking about family, and friends; talking about your likes and dislikes; asking about locations and giving directions, talking about education and academic interests.

You also may consult the following textbook used in first-year and second-year language classes at UCI:

Kudyma, Anna, Frank J. Miller, and Olga Kagan.  Beginner's Russian with Interactive Online Workbook: A Basic Russian Course. New York: Hippocrene Books, 2010. Print.

Kagan, Olga, and Frank J. Miller.   Puti: Russian Grammar in Context . Upper Saddle River, N.J: Prentice Hall, 2007. Print.

How can I prepare for the examination?

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.

How long is the test?

The Russian placement test is 60 minutes and has 60 questions. It has three multiple-choice sections.

I. Vocabulary and Grammar

II. Reading

III. Listening

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.

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.

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 e-mail the AcademicTesting Center at testcenter@uci.edu or call our office at (949) 824-6207 or contact your academic counseling office.