How to Register for an Italian Class

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; for the most accurate placement recommendation, take it just before the semester you actually 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:

  • Take Part I of the Placement Exam if you have had 1-2 years of Italian instructionand/or you have spent at least 2 months in Italy, or if you are seeking permission to register for Italian Intermediate I.
  • Take Parts 1 and 2 of the Placement Exam if you have had 3-4 years of Italian instructionand/or you have spent at least 6 months in Italy, or if you are seeking permission to register for Italian Intermediate II or Italian Advanced I.
  • Take Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the Placement Exam if you have had 5 or more years of Italian instructionand/or you have spent 1+ years in Italy, or if you are seeking permission to register for Italian Advanced II or for the Corso di Perfezionamento.

If you have little or no previous exposure to Italian, register for Italian Elements 1 (210.151); there is no need to take the exam.

If you want to register for an Italian class:

  1. Print these instructions so that you can refer to them later.
  2. Follow the link below and take the departmental placement test online.
  3. You will receive your exam score and enrollment recommendation within 7 working days after taking the exam. You may to register for a Italian class at the approved level as soon as registration opens for your cohort.
  4. Questions regarding the exam or your score should be sent to Professor Alessandro Zannirato (alessandro1@jhu.edu).

To access the online placement exam:

  • Go to http://blackboard.jhu.edu  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. Note: Please contact the Language Program Director (zannirato@jhu.edu) if you need a guest account.  
  • Once inside Blackboard, click the following link to be added to the Italian Language Placement Exam site: https://blackboard.jhu.edu/webapps/blackboard/execute/enrollCourse?context=Org&course_id=_5965_1
  • Once the enrollment screen pops up, hit the Submit button and then press OK
  • 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.
  • Click the ‘Take placement exam’ link in the menu (upper left) to access the exam. Choose “Take Placement Exam”
  • Choose “Take Placement Exam – Part 1”
  • If appropriate, continue on to parts 2 and 3 of the Exam.
  • Important: Once you are finished taking the exam, please e-mail Dr. Zannirato (zannirato@jhu.edu )and let him know that you have taken the exam.

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
You are allowed to take this test only once. If you start the test, you will have to complete all the applicable parts without taking a break. You should allow for at least 45 minutes per part (e,g, if you are required to take parts 1 and 2, you will need about 1 hour and 40 minutes). The maximum time that is allowed for each part is 60 minutes.

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 Italian placement exam.

You must take this test without receiving assistance from anyone else and without the help of any document (no notes, no book, no dictionary, no Internet materials). You are allowed to take this test ONLY ONCE.

Reproduction of the material on this test is a violation of ethical standards. You should not discuss the questions on these tests with others nor may you provide others with the questions on these tests. Violations of ethical standards may be grounds for disciplinary action which may include dismissal or expulsion from the University.