Free online placement testing is available on this site in Spanish, French and German. Testing should take 15-30 minutes depending on ability. Your test results do not go automatically in your record. Please allow at least 3 business days after completion of the test for results to be reflected in your student record. Please plan to take a placement test before the registration week! Guessing or cheating on a placement test will only lead to placement in a course that is too hard for you. Just answer what you know with confidence.  You should plan to continue foreign language study right away as a freshman. If you put it off, you may feel you need to go down a level to review, which only wastes time, money, and effort, and may delay graduation.

Please know that you won’t receive any credit until you take and complete a class at ECU – the placement test itself does not result in credit. You are not allowed to take a placement test multiple times within the same year.

Students exercising the option to take the foreign language placement test may enroll in a course one level lower than the placement indication without departmental approval or one level higher with permission of the chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures either during the course adjustment period or by the fifth day of class. After successful completion of the course, students will, upon request, receive bypass credit for the course(s) sequentially preceding the one completed. This policy is to be applied to all students regardless of the date of their entry to the university.

SPANISH PLACEMENT TEST -- required to enroll in Spanish, even level 1001. We apologize for the inconvenience to those new to the language, but we must require a placement test of all students enrolling in Spanish, to restrict those with previous experience -- who properly belong at a higher level -- from enrolling in level 1001.

FRENCH and GERMAN PLACEMENT TESTS -- are NOT a pre-requisite for enrolling in French or German. However, students with previous experience should take a test in order to be able start at a higher level.

»» access Spanish, French and German online placement tests here.

The login password is "pirates1". At the next screen, select your language from the drop-down menu, and click "Begin". It is important when prompted to identify yourself, use your full name, Banner ID (starts with B then eight numbers) for the ID Number, and your ECU e-mail address. Not identifying your Banner ID will result in the score NOT being recorded! After completing the placement test and clicking "Finished," your score will be sent to the placement coordinator, Sharon Peterson (, who will send you an e-mail when results are recorded in Banner.

The online placement tests are only written tests. They will not measure speaking or listening ability. If you are coming from a program in which class was not conducted predominately in the foreign language and you did not practice speaking and listening regularly (college classes are taught almost entirely in the foreign language), you may wish to request an adjusted placement from the language coordinator referenced in the e-mail from Sharon Peterson.

We do not offer automated online placement tests in other languages, and do not require them for enrollment, but students with prior experience may contact faculty below for a placement interview.

Foreign Language Requirement

Courses with prefix CHIN, FREN, GERM, GRK, ITAL, JAPN, LATN, RUSS, and SPAN satisfy the Foreign Language Requirement.  Courses with prefix CLAS, FORL, and RUSI, which are taught in English, do not satisfy the Foreign Language Requirement.  

Students must demonstrate foreign language proficiency through level 2004 (12 sh) to meet BA degree requirements and BS Communication Journalism Concentration requirements. They must demonstrate foreign language proficiency through level 1002 (6 sh) to meet BS degree requirements in other BS Communication Concentrations. Students who transfer in a higher level of foreign language proficiency such as SPAN 1002, will have the lower levels waived (no credits awarded).

Students who already have AP, IB, CLEP, or college transfer credit in a language should continue with the next level and are not eligible for placement testing in that language.  BA students and BS Communication students who have only high school credit in the language are strongly encouraged to take a placement test and continue study as freshmen.

Students who wish to study a language in which they have no prior experience may enroll in level 1001, but all students enrolling in Spanish are required to take a placement test.

Foreign students or native speakers of a language other than English may have the foreign language requirement waived after meeting with the Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Students are not eligible to take a placement test in their native language to receive bypass credit for basic elementary and intermediate level courses in that language, though they may still major in that language and consult with coordinators about placement above the 2004 level. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures defines a native speaker as a person who has graduated from high school in a language other than English or has the equivalent proficiency. In order to determine if students meet this definition, students should have transcripts on file with the Office of Admissions, and then contact the Chair of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Students who think that other life experiences have given them the proficiency to read, write, speak, and listen to a language other than English at a level comparable to 2004 may provide evidence, such as foreign language proficiency test results from an authoritative source, to the chair for evaluation. If the requirement is waived, the chair will submit a petition in Degree Works. In this case, no credit is given for 1001-2004; and students must still satisfy the total hours required for graduation by their major, which may mean taking up to 12 sh of electives in place of the FL requirement.

Students who take the placement test receive bypass credit without a grade, only upon successful completion of the course into which they place, as follows:

·  Upon passing 1002, students receive bypass credit for 1001.

·  Upon passing 2003, students receive bypass credit for 1001, 1002.

·  Upon passing 2004, students receive bypass credit for 1001, 1002, 2003.

·  Upon passing a course above level 2004, students receive bypass credit for 1001, 1002, 2003, 2004.

Students who think that the placement test has placed them incorrectly may enroll one level lower than indicated without departmental approval, or one level higher with permission of the Chair, either prior to the start of classes or during the drop/add period. After successful completion of the course, upon request, students may receive bypass credit for the course(s) preceding the one completed.

In languages offered by ECU for which placement testing is not available, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers placement interviews. Students who plan to take languages not offered by ECU should consult the Chair for placement, course evaluation, and advice prior to enrollment.

Sign Language courses do not count for the Foreign Language Requirement

Admissions information on AP, IB, and CLEP credit

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