Free online placement testing is available on this site in Spanish, French and German. Placements for other languages are also described below. Testing should take 15-30 minutes depending on ability. Please allow at least 3 business days after completion of the test for results to be reflected in your student record. 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. Lastly the online placement tests accessed below 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, on which see below.
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 wth 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 advantage of the Placement Test.
»» To access Spanish, French and German online placement tests start here. The login password is "pirates1". At the next screen, select your language from the drop-down menu, and click "Begin". When prompted to identify yourself, use your Banner ID for the ID Number. After completing the placement test and clicking "Finished," your score will be sent to the placement coordinator, Jason Walker (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will send you an email when results are recorded in Banner.
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.
· ANCIENT GREEK: contact Prof. John Given (email@example.com).
· ITALIAN: contact Prof. Anthony Viltro (firstname.lastname@example.org).
· JAPANESE: contact Prof. Tricia Wilson-Okamura (email@example.com).
· LATIN: contact Prof. John Stevens (firstname.lastname@example.org).
· RUSSIAN: contact Prof. Elena Murenina (email@example.com).
All BA students, and BS students in Biology and Communications, are encouraged to take a placement test in foreign language. Upon satisfactory completion of the course recommended by the placement test, the registrar will award credit without grades for courses by-passed, as follows:
· Placement in 1002: upon passing 1002, 3 sh (no grade) are also earned for 1001
· Placement in 1003: upon passing 1003, 6 sh (no grade) are also earned for 1001-1002
· Placement in 1004, upon passing 1004, 9 sh (no grade) are also earned for 1001-1003
· Placement in 2000+: upon passing 2000+, 12 sh (no grade) are also earned for 1001-1004
Students who disagree with the course suggested by the placement test may ask to be placed one level lower or higher with the permission of the department chair (contact Prof. John Stevens, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Students with college transfer credit, prior credit in the language at ECU from years past, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or CLEP credit from another institution, have already established a college language placement and are not eligible to take the placement test in that language. Students who wish to study a different language from the one taken in high school may earn credit beginning with level 1001. Students who need to review a course for which college credit has already been earned before going on, may register to audit.
Foreign students are not eligible to receive credit for levels 1001-1004 of their native language, but may register for courses level 2000 and even minor or major in the language. When English is a second language, the department chair, after an oral interview, may recommend that it be allowed to substitute for the foreign language requirement, without credit (the 12 sh required for graduation must be made up with electives).
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