Students who have taken Italian before college and plan to continue at Hopkins must take the departmental placement exam before registering for an Italian class. This exam is available online year-round. However, for the most accurate placement recommendation, take it just before the semester you plan to study the language.

The Italian placement exam is divided into three parts. Your previous knowledge of Italian will determine which parts of the exam you will need to take:

ExposureCourse of Action
Little or noneNo placement exam needed; sign up for Italian Elements I (210.151)
One to two years of Italian instruction, or have spent at least two months in Italy, or want to register for Italian Intermediate ITake part I of placement exam
Three to four years of Italian instruction, or have spent at least six months in Italy, or want to register for Italian Intermediate II or Italian Advanced ITake parts I and II of placement exam
Five or more years of Italian instruction, or have spent more than a year in Italy, or want to register for Italian Advanced II or the Corso di PerfezionamentoTake parts I, II, and III of placement exam

To register for an Italian class:

  1. Follow the link below and take the departmental placement exam online.
  2. You will receive your exam score and enrollment recommendation within seven business days after taking the exam. You may to register for an Italian class at the approved level as soon as registration opens for your cohort.
  3. Questions regarding the exam or your score should be sent to Professor Alessandro Zannirato.

Ethics Statement

Johns Hopkins University believes strongly that every member of its community should hold the highest standard of integrity for their work and avoid academic dishonesty. You are expected to behave in an ethical manner while taking the online language placement exam.

You must take this exam without assistance from anyone and without the help of any document (notes, book, dictionary, etc.). You are allowed to take this test only once. Reproduction of the material on this test is a violation of ethical standards. Therefore, you should not discuss the questions on these tests with others nor may you provide others with the questions on these tests.

By taking the online placement test, you accept the following statements:

  • I will do my own work on this test. I will not receive assistance from another person nor from books or other documents.
  • I will not discuss this test with others or reproduce test questions in any format.
  • I will take this test online only once.

Take the Exam

You are allowed to take this exam only once. If you start the exam, you will have to complete all applicable parts without taking a break. You should allow for at least 45 minutes per part. (For example, if you are required to take parts I and II, you will need about 1 hour and 40 minutes.) The maximum time allowed for each part is 60 minutes.

  1. Go to and login.
    • If you are a JHU student, use the JHU Enterprise Authentication link (left side) and login with your JHED ID and password.
    • If you are not a JHU student, use the Non-JHED login link (right side) to login with a guest account.
    • Contact if you need a guest account.
  2. Once in Blackboard, click the following link to be added to the Italian Language Placement Exam site.
  3. Once the enrollment screen appears, hit the Submit button and then press OK.
  4. Return to Blackboard and locate the My Organizations module on the My Institution page. (You may have to refresh the page.) Click the link for the Italian Language Placement Exam.
  5. Click the Take Placement Exam link in the menu (upper left) to access the exam. Choose Take Placement Exam.
  6. Choose Take Placement Exam – Part 1.
  7. If appropriate, continue to parts II and III of the exam.
  8. Email Dr. Zannirato to let him know that you have taken the exam.