Assessment and placement


Placement information and instructions

If you have an ITAL 30 qualification, you will be placed in ITAL 203 by the Registrar's Office.

We recommend that students with high-school or university qualifications in Italian from other provinces contact the Italian Undergraduate Advisor to ensure appropriate placement.

If you have acquired a knowledge of Italian in a non-academic environment (e.g. through a trip to Italy or in an Italian-speaking home environment) and you are are unsure of your proficiency, take one of the placement tests below.

Placement test instructions

  • Please find your appropriate test below (see Placement Test drop down menu).

  • Complete the test electronically and submit it via e-mail at, or print it out and complete it manually. If you complete the test manually, you can scan it and e-mail it to or hand it in personally to the SLLLC main office (we are in Craigie Hall D310). 

After three working days, you can contact the School at 403.220.5300 to inquire about your results. Electronic approval will then be posted for the appropriate course/s.

You can self-register through PeopleSoft.

  1. Fill out an Open Studies Student form

  2. Take your form to the School for a signature of authorization

  3. Take your signed form to the Registrar's office for registration

Placement tests

This course is designed for those students who can hold and follow a basic conversation; write simple sentences; comprehend uncomplicated texts; express themselves orally and in writing using the simple present (presente) and the present perfect (passato prossimo).

ITAL 301 is an intensive course aiming at the improvement of grammar and vocabulary alongside the development of spoken and written skills. ITAL 309 deals with aspects of Italian civilization and contemporary cultural issues in Italian studies. The student must be able to use, for example, reflexive verbs, double pronouns, the future tense, and the past continuous (imperfetto).

TAL 303 is the continuation of ITAL 301. ITAL 305 aims at developing critical thinking and communicative skills through text analysis. ITAL 307 studies different types of means of communication. Students are expected to show a wide lexical ability and be confident with, for instance, possessive, relative and combined pronouns, impersonal verbs, and the conditional mood.

Our 400-level courses cover a wide range of topics: ITAL 401(composition and conversation); ITAL 405 (Introduction to Italian Literature); ITAL 407 (study of Italian theatre, opera and drama); ITAL 409 (Italian culture through cinema); and ITAL 499 (selected topics in Italian language, literature or civilization). These courses presuppose a high degree of oral and written fluency.