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, Irina Swain (, who will send you an e-mail when results are recorded in Banner.

Lastly 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 Irina Swain.

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.

All BA students, and BS students in Communication, 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 2003: upon passing 2003, 6 sh (no grade) are also earned for 1001-1002
· Placement in 2004, upon passing 2004, 9 sh (no grade) are also earned for 1001-2003
· Placement in 3000+: upon passing 3000+, 12 sh (no grade) are also earned for 1001-2004

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 1001-2004 of their native language, but may register for courses level 3000 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).

Admissions information on AP, IB, and CLEP credit

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