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Placement Exams

Modern Languages

Students who have previously studied a modern foreign language and intend to register for a course in that same language should use the following guidelines:

  • 1-2 years of high school language - Students take the placement exam to determine appropriate level (typically 101 or 102, possibly higher). Instructors may recommend placement above 101 based on student performance during the drop/add period.
  • 3 years of high school language - Students register for 102. No placement exam is required.
  • 4 years of high school language - Students register for 102 or higher, according to placement exam.

If you do not have previous experience with a modern foreign language, you should enroll in a 101 level class.

The placement exams for French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish are given in January, July and August, during FAST and Freshman Orientation. Your advisor will notify you of the exact dates and times of other exam sessions.

Students may earn up to 3 credits retroactively for previous language study if they enter a foreign language course beyond 101 and complete the course with a B or better. For further information, please contact the department at 412-396-6415.