Placement & Assessment

What if I already have experience in the language that I wish to study?

If you have not had any prior high school courses in the foreign language you intend to study, or have little or no background, you may enroll in the beginning course without taking a placement exam.

German students are not required to take a placement exam. If you have had two years of high school German, then sign up for GRM 201. If you have had three or more years of high school German, then sign up for GRM 301. If you are not sure which class will work for you, make an appointment with Dr. Laurie McLary, German program director (mclary@up.edu).

French and Spanish students that have taken at least two years of high school French/Spanish should sign up for FRN/SPN 201. Students planning to enroll in French or Spanish 301-302 upper division courses are required to take a placement exam. If you have not yet taken the language placement exam, you must do so during Orientation Weekend. You may take the web-based placement exam anytime by following the instructions below.

Chinese students that have taken at least two years of high school Chinese, can sign up for CHN 103.

ILC recommends that you sign up for language classes in the fall since courses designated 101/102, 201/202, 301/302 are generally two-semester sequences intended to be taken together in the same year. 101/201/301 courses are only offered in the fall. With the exception of Spanish 302, you will not be able to sign up for 102/202/302 courses unless you have completed the fall courses. If you need additional assistance deciding which course to take please contact Matthew Warshawsky, language and assessment specialist.

Instructions to take the placement exam:

1. Follow the link: https://learning.up.edu/moodle/course/view.php?id=1743 **if you are unable to follow the link copy and paste into your search bar.

2. Log in to Moodle with your UP username and password.

3. Click the "Enroll Me" button, which will direct you to the ILC Placement Exam course

Opportunities for third-party language assessment:

International languages and cultures offers opportunities for third-party assessment of student's language skill and proficiency. All students completing the 200 level and graduating with a major in ILC are required to take ACTFL-certified proficiency testing as part of its internal departmental assessment. For more information, contact Matthew Warshawsky, language and assessment specialist.

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