Go Global! - How the Placement Exam can work for YOU!
1) What is the Placement Exam?
It is a 20-30 minute exam followed by a brief conversation with a professor from your language (French, German, or Spanish). We use the results to make sure you are placed at the correct level.
2) Why take the exam?
It is a great way to build on the work you have done in high school and, if you decide to take a course, to globalize your degree, whatever that may be. Studying a foreign language gives you access to exciting study abroad programs, makes you more attractive to employers, and is a great complement to ANY degree program. Taking the exam can also help save you a lot of TIME and MONEY (see below for details)!
3) Who should take the exam?
Generally we advise anyone who has had 3 or more years of a foreign language in high school, or who has a significant background in French, German or Spanish, to take the exam.
4) What if I am not planning on majoring in a foreign language?
You should still take the exam! Only a small percentage of the students who take the exam or enroll in a FL class are majoring in a language. Language courses are requirements for some degrees, and can count towards the Core Curriculum or as electives for any student.
5) How much does it cost?
Nothing. It’s FREE!
6) How do I prepare for it?
NO preparation is necessary. You just need to show up for the exam.
7) What if I take the exam but do not perform well?
The exam is not for a grade and has no impact on your academic record. It is just a way to see where you should begin in our sequence.
8) Does taking the exam mean I have to take a foreign language class?
NO! The exam just tells you where you would begin in our sequence.
9) How do I take the exam?
For Spanish, contact email@example.com.
For French, come to Cobb 107 during business hours (office is closed 12-1), Monday - Friday, to take the paper placement exam.
For German, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
10) After the Placement Exam
Taking the placement exam can save you time and money: Depending on the results, you could place into a second-year or even third-year course. Then, if you earn at least a B in the course you take you can purchase the credits for ALL lower-level courses in the sequence for just $6/credit hour. Some students have been able to get 15 hours of college credit by taking just one course. That is a full semester of college!!!
Here’s a breakdown of how the system works (*student must earn a B in a UWG course to purchase credits- transfer or eCore credits will not allow you to do so):
|Placed into||Buy Credits For||Cost of Credits||Total College Credit Hours Earned|
|FREN/GRMN/SPAN 2002||1001, 1002, 2001||$54||12|
|Any 3000-level course||1001, 1002, 2001, 2002||$72||15|
Credit by Exam Breakdown
Placed into: FREN/GRMN/SPAN 1002
Buy Credits For: 1001
Cost of Credits: $18
Total College Credit Hours Earned: 6
Placed into: FREN/GRMN/SPAN 2001
Buy Credits For: 1001,1002
Cost of Credits: $36
Total College Credit Hours Earned: 9
Placed into: FREN/GRMN/SPAN 2002
Buy Credits For: 1001, 1002, 2001
Cost of Credits: $54
Total College Credit Hours Earned: 12
Placed into: Any 3000-level course
Buy Credits For: 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002
Cost of Credits: $72
Total College Credit Hours Earned: 15
11) What is the process for purchasing my credits?
The credit by exam form is available in International Languages and Cultures main office, located in Cobb Hall 107 (on Front Campus Drive).
After you acquire the form, you will need to fill it out with all your relevant information, then get it signed by the instructor of the foreign language course you took, and finally get it signed by the chair of the department.
You will then take this form to Aycock Hall where you will pay for the credits.
Spring 2020 Placement Exam Dates
Monday, January 27th at 12:00 pm in Cobb 131
Tuesday, February 11th at 2:30 pm in Cobb 131
Wednesday, February 26th at 3:30 pm in Cobb 131
Monday, March 2nd at 4:00 pm in Cobb 131
Monday, March 23rd at 3:30 pm in Cobb 131
Wednesday, March 25th at 4:00 pm in Cobb 131
Friday, March 27th at 2:30 pm in Cobb 131
Monday, March 30th at 12:00 pm in Cobb 131
Tuesday, March 31st at 10:00 am in Cobb 131
Wednesday, April 1st at 4:00 pm in Cobb 131
Thursday, April 2nd at 4:00 pm in Cobb 131
Friday, April 3rd at 2:30 pm in Cobb 131
Monday, April 6th at 4:00 pm in Cobb 131
Monday, April 13th, at 10:00 am in Cobb 131
Wednesday, April 15th at 12:00 pm in Cobb 131