I. Placement Guidelines

    A.  High School Coursework

Students are placed into 100-level language courses according to the number of years they have studied the language in high school:
 

Number of years student has studied language in high school

Placement in 100-level courses

Less than two years in high school or two years in 9th & 10th grades only

105, Elementary

Two or three years in high school

106, Elementary/Intermediate

Four or more years in high school

107, Intermediate

Completion of the 107 course fulfills the foreign language requirement in the College of Arts and Science.

Latin placement is as follows:
 

Number of years student has studied Latin in high school

Placement in Latin courses

One year in high school, or two years in 9th & 10th grades only

LATN 101, Elementary I

Two years in high school

LATN 102, Elementary II

Three to four years in high school

LATN 213, Cicero

More than four years in high school

LATN 214, Vergil

Completion of LATN 214 fulfills the foreign language requirement in the College of Arts and Science.

For placement purposes, we do not count the years in high school in which a student received D's or F's.
 

    B. Credit for Advanced Placement

            I. AP Literature Examination

LANGUAGE

SCORE

CREDIT AWARD

French

3

(0) Placement in FREN 211*

 

4

(3) FREN 211

 

5

(6): FREN 205 (3)
and FREN 211 (3)

Spanish

3

(3) SPAN 200

 

4

(3) SPAN 200

 

5

(6): SPAN 200 (3) 
and SPAN 201 (3)

German

3

(0) Placement in GRMN 211*

 

4

(3) GRMN 211

 

5

(6): GRMN 205 (3)
and GRMN 211 (3)

Italian

3

(0) Placement in ITAL 211*

 

4

(3) ITAL 211

 

5

(6): ITAL205 (3)

and ITAL 211 (3)

Latin - Lyric

3, 4 or 5

(3) LATN 403

Latin - Vergil

3, 4 or 5

(3) LATN 404

NOTE: Students scoring a 3, 4 or 5 on the AP exam in these languages are exempted from the Arts and Science foreign language requirement.

*Student is exempted from Arts and Science foreign language requirement and may choose to take FREN 211, GRMN 211 or ITAL 211.
 

     II. AP Language Examination

LANGUAGE

SCORE

CREDIT AWARD

Chinese

3

(0) Placement in CHIN 200*

 

4

(3) CHIN200

 

5

(6): CHIN 200 (3) and CHIN 205 (3)

French

3

(0) Placement in FREN 200*

 

4

(3) FREN 200

 

5

(6): FREN 200 (3)
and FREN 205 (3)

Spanish

3

(3) SPAN 200

 

4

(3) SPAN 200

 

5

(6): SPAN 200 (3) 
and SPAN 205 (3)

German

3

(0) Placement in GRMN 200*

 

4

(3) GRMN 200

 

5

(6): GRMN 200(3)
and GRMN 205 (3)

Italian

3

(0) Placement in ITAL 200*

 

4

(3) ITAL 200

 

5

(6): ITAL 200 (3)

and ITAL 205 (3)

Japanese / Chinese

3

(0) Placement in JAPN 200*

 

4

(3) JAPN 200

 

5

(6): JAPN200 (3) and JAPN205 (3)

NOTE: Students scoring a 3, 4 or 5 on the AP exam in these languages are exempted from the Arts and Science foreign language requirement.

*Student is exempted from Arts and Science foreign language requirement and may choose to take CHIN 200, FREN 200, GRMN 200, ITAL 200 or JAPN 200.


II. Auditor Option

The University's computer system will block students from registering for a language course for which they are overqualified.  The system will not permit a student to enroll in Spanish 105, for example, after having had three years of the language in high school and having been placed in 106.

Students who are deemed overqualified for 105 or 106 but who do not feel comfortable at the level where they are placed may enroll in the course with auditor status.


III. Skipping Courses

Students cannot skip or go backwards in the sequence of language courses (105 to 107; 106 to 105).


IV. Taking Courses Pass/Fail

Students cannot take 100-level language courses (or Latin 213 or 214) as pass/fail courses if they intend to apply the courses towards their language requirement.


V. Exemptions

Students who have studied a language for four or more years and  have excelled academically, or those who have some native-speaker ability or study abroad experience, may wish to take the exemption exam (only for French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish).  Passing the exemption exam yields no credit; however, it does exempt students from their foreign language requirement in the College of Arts and Science.  Passing the exam also enables students to advance to the 200-level if they wish.  They may not advance beyond the 107 level without passing the exemption exam or obtaining AP credit.

The exemption exam can be taken only once.  It cannot be taken once the student has begun or completed 105, 106, or 107.

Students who demonstrate proficiency (in reading, writing, speaking, and comprehending) in languages other than French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish should contact the Foreign Language Placement Advisor to discuss their exemption.
 


VI. Questions?

Students who have questions about foreign language placement should contact Crista Johnson, Foreign Language Placement Advisor, in 320 Jastak-Burgess Hall, at (302) 831-4667.


Last edited July 6, 2006

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
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(302) 831-6882