For students in the class of 2023 or later: No, you will be allowed to take a language placement exam only once for the purpose of fulfilling the language requirement.
For students in the class of 2022 or before: Beginning in June 2019, if you are taking a language placement exam for the first time you will be allowed to take the exam only once for the purpose of fulfilling the language requirement. If you took a placement exam before June 2019 and qualified to retake the exam, you will still be allowed to do so.
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) and non-FAS graduate students may take a language placement exam to receive a placement recommendation.
GSAS students may register to take the French or Spanish online exams in June or January using the Online Placement Exams Registration (OPER) application. Once they have registered to take the exam, the exam may be accessed at https://onlineplacement.fas.harvard.edu.
Non-FAS graduate students should email firstname.lastname@example.org to be registered to take the online exams. Please include which language exam you would like to take and your Harvard email address in your email.
Students who plan to take a placement exam in another language may consult the On Campus language exam schedule or be in touch directly with the relevant department.
In order to receive the results of these exams students will need to contact email@example.com no earlier than one day following completion of the exam.
It is not necessary to retake the Writing Exam, neither is it required for you to retake any of the other exams. However, if you feel it would be helpful to retake either the Math Exam or a Language Exam, you may do so. Students will have the opportunity to consult with both Math and Language Advisers to discuss time away from these subjects and course recommendations.
Students are only eligible to take a Language Exam once for the purposes of fulfilling the language requirement.