Armenian Language Placement and Exemption Exam

UCI students who speak and read Armenian can take a placement exam or an exemption exam to satisfy Category VI and VIII General Education requirements.

Western 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 a heritage-speaking background may enter Armenian 1A.

Students who took 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 bring 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 coursework (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 coursework 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 that 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 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. 

REGISTRATION

Contact the ATC to schedule and register for the exam. You must present two government-issued photo IDs at the time of registration.

If you need further information on language testing, please e-mail the ATC at testcenter@uci.edu, 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 their website: https://www.humanities.uci.edu/armenianstudies.

Western Armenian Exemption Exam

The Western Armenian Exemption Examination evaluates the advanced language skills of students with strong prior training in Armenian. The examination’s result may be used to satisfy the Language Other Than English General Education Requirement (Category VI) and a portion of the International/Global Issues General Education Requirement (Category VIII).

Successful completion of the Western Armenian Exemption Examination will result in a notation on the student’s record that indicates that the student has shown competence beyond the second-year level of Armenian. Students who do not pass the examination will receive a recommendation for their course level in Armenian.

Please note that the Western Armenian Exemption Examination is not a placement test. Students with minimal training in the language should take the Western Armenian Placement Test to be placed into an appropriate course. Students with no prior experience with Armenian and students with a heritage-speaking background should enroll in Armenian 1A.

The exemption examination is a 90-minute, written examination that tests students’ skills in reading composition, grammar, composition, and rhetoric. To review for the examination students may consult the following 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 Exemption exam is 2C and beyond.

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. 

REGISTRATION

Contact the ATC for scheduling and registration for the exam. You must present two government-issued photo IDs at the time of registration.

If you need further information on language testing, please e-mail the ATC at testcenter@uci.edu, 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 their website: https://www.humanities.uci.edu/armenianstudies.