The initial entry point for foreign language coursework is an elementary language course, generally with the course number 1010. However, the department of Modern & Classical Languages and Literatures recognizes that students may be fluent in a language other than English or may have a skill level more appropriate for a higher-level course. To account for this, the department offers two options for students in both Spanish and French: the placement test and a proficiency exam.
The placement test allows students to demonstrate their knowledge in order to determine the most appropriate course or level for them to begin. It does not allow students to “test out” of foreign language or receive credit. The proficiency exam, completed after the placement test, is the student’s opportunity to “test out” of Spanish or French by demonstrating a particular level of fluency. Unlike the placement test, based on your results, you can fulfill graduation requirements (either one- or two-year requirements).
Note that you do not receive any credit hours based on your performance or results on either exam.
How to Take the Placement Test
To take the placement test, you will need to be added to the Canvas course for it. Just email Dr. Jorge Correa or [email protected] to be added.
Purpose and effect of the proficiency exam
The proficiency exam is designed for you demonstrate a particular level of fluency in a given language. Unlike the placement test, based on your results, you can fulfill graduation requirements (either one- or two-year requirements). Note that you do not receive any credit hours based on your performance on the exam
How to take a proficiency exam (Spanish & French)
You should first take the placement test which is automated. If you are placed into third semester or higher, you can request to take the proficiency exam. We will review your placement test responses and, if appropriate, arrange with you to have an oral proficiency interview. To arrange this, please contact Dr. Jorge Correa ([email protected]) for Spanish. French and Latin proficiency exams are not yet available.
How to take a proficiency exam (All others)
If you wish to demonstrate knowledge in any other language, please contact Dr. Lynn Purkey directly to arrange for testing. Depending on your situation there are a variety of approaches we may take, including external testing (which require a nominal fee).