Student Resources

How to Take a Placement Exam


A placement exam may be taken online at any time, from any location via computer with Internet access. 

Matriculating students should have received invitations to the Canvas course in their SMU email. The sender should appear as "SMU Canvas." Within the email you may accept the invitation to be added to the course.

Log onto with your SMU ID and password. 

You may access the exams via your Dashboard within Canvas. Exams are located within a shell entitled WLL-PEXAM-1167, then under Assignments. 

If you cannot log onto Canvas or are unable to see either the invitation for the course shell WLL-PEXAM-1167 within Canvas, please call the SMU's OIT help desk at 214-768-HELP or send an email to from your SMU email address. Be sure to include your SMU ID number.

NOTE: All students testing in Arabic, Japanese as well as native/heritage speakers testing in Chinese will need to set up appointments to have oral skills evaluated at the conclusion of the written portion of the exam. (For Arabic contact Professor Elverskog at and for Chinese contact Professor Xia at

A placement exam may be taken only once in each language.

Exam results are monitored on a regular basis and duplicate or questionable testing scores will result in a hold on WLL class registration and a mandatory meeting with the chair of the department who will determine placement. 

Please note that SMU professors review all exam results and students may be contacted for oral language testing to confirm testing results.

At the conclusion of testing, be sure to save your score results by printing them or taking a screenshot and saving it. In addition to showing a copy of your results electronically or via paper to your advisor, you are also required to bring a paper copy of them to the first day of your language class.