Have you completed at least two years of a language in high school? Have you never taken a college credit course in that language? If so, you are required to complete the online foreign language placement examination.
Not all majors specifically require you to complete a foreign language, but completing a two-course sequence of a foreign language at the intermediate level will fulfill one of your General Education requirements ("Cultures & Civilizations," to be precise). Completing and doing well on the online foreign language placement exam gives you a boost before you even take your first college course! It means you can skip the beginner language courses and move directly to the intermediate level, and therefore closer to completing your Gen Ed requirements.
The online placement exam is a series of multiple-choice questions focusing on vocabulary, grammar and reading comprehension. It should take you approximately 10 – 40 minutes to finish the exam. The introductory survey must be completed in order for the exam to be evaluated.
It is important to note that there is no advantage to using anything other than your own brain power to complete the language examination. If you place at a level above your actual knowledge, you'll find yourself out of your league in a class that's beyond your abilities—perhaps even risking a failing grade. Save yourself some future stress, be honest with yourself, and don't try to exceed your limits!
Your exam score will determine your placement in the appropriate course. If you place into a 200-level course, you will receive 6 hours of elementary language credit upon successful completion of a 200-level course in the same language, provided you do not enroll and receive credit for any 100-level courses in the same language. If you place into a 300-level course, you will receive 6 hours of intermediate language credit upon successful completion of a 300-level course in the same language, provided you do not enroll and receive credit for any 200-level courses in the same language.
Placement test scores expire after one year. This means you have one year from the date you take the placement to register for the course you place into or to take the proctored exam if you place out of the language requirement and do not wish to continue to the next course. After that point, you will have to re-take the placement test. Keep in mind that your score is likely to drop the longer it has been since you studied the language, so you should take your language requirement as soon as possible.
If you place into 200- or 300-level courses and do not wish to continue in the language but wish to receive 6 hours of 100- or 200-level credit for your online exam, you may do so by completing a proctored exam during the next 12 months and confirming the results of your online placement examination. For information about how and where to take this confirmation exam, click here.
...it means there is not an online placement examination for your language. Please consult your advisor, and he or she will guide you through the next step in testing for your language.
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