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Online Placement Exam-Survey-FAQs

1) What is the online placement exam?


✓ The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures wants to place students at the most appropriate course level, based on their previous exposure to Chinese, French, German or Spanish. Language requirements

✓ To place students at the appropriate level the department uses the results of the placement exam along with other information, such as the number of years that the language was studied, grades earned, etc.

✓ The department reserves the right to change the studentís placement if it believes that the student has not been placed at the most appropriate level.

✓ Students who believe they were misplaced on the basis of the placement test score should consult The Department Foreign Languages and Literatures. Students may not place themselves, or change their placement without departmental approval.

email: foreignlang@mu.edu
(414) 288-7063


2) Who needs to take the online placement exam and what are the language requirement?

  Incoming freshmen who have earned high school credits in Chinese, French, German, or Spanish and are in one of the colleges that require a language must take the placement exam.

Language requirements by college

Undergraduate Bulletin
email: foreignlang@mu.edu
(414) 288-7063


3) LANGUAGE SURVEY for students who studied Arabic, Italian or Latin.

✓ Students who have had at LEAST one year of Arabic, Italian, or Latin would complete an online survey. After completing the survey students will receive an email from the professor of that language confirming the students placement which will be either;

0-2 years of the language course level 1001
3-4 years of the language course level 2001

✓ Classical languages do not need to complete a survey instead email Dr. Stephen Beall stephen.beall@marquette.edu.

✓ Students who have NEVER studied Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin or Spanish and wish to do so, would register for course level 1001, the elementary language level.


4) When should I take the online placement exam?

✓  After high school graduation.

✓  Before attending Preview.

✓  Immediately after the exam you’ll receive your placement and score.

✓  Bring your placement results score and placement level to Preview or when you meet with your academic advisor.


5) What do I need to take the online placement exam?

✓  20 – 30 minutes depending on your skill level of the language.

✓  1 or more years in Chinese, French, German or Spanish in high school.

✓  Your Marquette University (MU) ID number.

✓  If you do not have your MU ID number when registering for the exam use your last
name and then first name.

✓ If you have not studied Chinese, French, German or Spanish, register for course level 1001 in the respective language. Level 1001 is an elementary level and you do not have
to take the placement exam.

✓ Take the exam only once.

DO NOT STUDY for the exam. The exam is designed to measure your language skills. Studying for the exam may place you in a higher level course which you may not be prepared for.


6) ONLINE PLACEMENT EXAM for students who studied Chinese, French, German or Spanish.

✓  Click on Placement Exam

✓  password; eagles1

✓  Enter your MU ID number starting with 00

✓ If you do not have a MU ID number use last name, first name

✓ Complete the brief survey and sample questions

✓ Choose high school applicant

✓  Exam takes about 20 – 30 minutes depending on your skill level

  • Immediately after you complete the exam you will receive your score and placement course level.
  • Important know your placement score and course level, you will need this information during the registration process.

Take the exam only once

  • If you take the exam a second time without permission your placement may be recorded incorrectly.
  • Students who believe they are misplaced in a course level must contact the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at 414-288-7063 to discuss placement.

7) What does the online placement results page look like?

WebCape example


8) How are course levels and scores broken-down?

Course placement scores and levels

Chinese Scores Chinese Course French Scores French Course German Scores German Course Spanish Scores Spanish Course
below 200 1001 below 281 1001 below 301 1001 below 221 1001
200-399 2001 281-300 2001 301-440 2001 221-300 1003
400-600 3001* 301-425 3001 441-550 2003 301-425 2001
        above 551 3001 426-550 2003
            above 551 3001

Course level descriptions

1001 - CHNS, FREN, GRMN, SPAN, elementary level
1003 - SPAN ONLY, intensive elementary level
2001 - CHNS, FREN, GRMN, SPAN, intermediate level
2003 - FREN, GRMN, SPAN, intensive intermediate level
3001 - FREN, writing skills
3001 - GRMN, composition and conversation
3001 - SPAN, Advanced Communication in Spanish
*3001 - CHNS, offered occasionally

See a complete list of major/minors and language courses:


9) What are the Spanish placement exceptions?

✓  Students who have studied LESS than 2 years of the Spanish language in high
school must take the placement exam. Usually those students will place in Spanish 1001. If they place higher than 1001 then the student must take that class.

✓  Students who have studied MORE than 2 years of the Spanish language in high school and place in Spanish 1001, must register for Spanish 1003, an Intensive Elementary
level.

✓  Spanish 1003 is the equivalent of taking 1001 and 1002, both elementary levels.

✓  There is no placement in Span 1002 since it is the continuation of Span 1001.

✓ Students must not place themselves in a languge course.

✓ Students who believe they are misplaced in a course level must contact the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures foreignlang@marquette.edu or 414-288-7063 to discuss placement.


10) What if I am a native or heritage speaker of Spanish?

✓  Spanish native or heritage speakers who will continue to study Spanish for a major or
minor must take the placement exam


✓  If you placed in 3001 register for SPAN 3005 or 3505 these courses are specially designed to meet the needs of native and heritage speakers


✓  If you placed below 3001 contact the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at 414-288-7063 for guidance

*Native speakers of Spanish have been primarily educated in Spanish and consider Spanish their first language

*Heritage speakers of Spanish are students of Hispanic background who have been educated in the United States and have been exposed to Spanish in their homes or communities from an early age, but who consider English their primary language. Also students who may speak the language but need to learn to read and write


11) What if I am a native or heritage speaker of French or German?

✓  Students who plan to continue advanced study of that language must first take the placement exam in that language to determine the level of proficiency.

✓ After taking the exam and obtaining their results, students must consult with the Chair
of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures before registering for an
advanced foreign language level foreignlang@marquette.edu or 414-288-7063.


12) What are the Advance Placement, Capp or Retroactive credits?

✓ See Undergraduate bulletin for AP scores and more.

Note: "Placement into" FREN 2001 means the student must take that course.

✓  Students who have college credit for a foreign language level from another university
(including CAPP levels in high school)


 


 


 





Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Lalumiere Language Hall, Room 254