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?

Contact foreignlang@westga.edu to register for the online exam

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):

Credit by Exam Breakdown      
Placed intoBuy Credits ForCost of CreditsTotal College Credit Hours Earned
FREN/GRMN/SPAN 10021001$186
FREN/GRMN/SPAN 20011001, 1002$369
FREN/GRMN/SPAN 20021001, 1002, 2001$5412
Any 3000-level course1001, 1002, 2001, 2002$7215

11) What is the process for purchasing my credits?

Please contact Dr. Robert Kilpatrick via email at rkilpatr@westga.edu to initiate the credit buyback procedure. In that email, be sure to include your 917 and the courses you would like to buy credit for. 

Fall 2020 Placement Exam Dates: To Be Announced