Placement Exam, Survey and FAQs
✓ 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. For requirements go to http//www.marquette.edu/nextstep or the university bulletin.
✓ 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.
✓ Incoming freshmen who have earned high school credit in Chinese, French, German, or Spanish (1 or 2 years), and who plan to continue with the study of that language
✓ Heritage learners of Spanish or native Spanish speakers*
*Heritage learners 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
*Native speakers of Spanish have been primarily educated in Spanish and consider Spanish their first language. Heritage or Native speaking students who will continue to study the language for a major or minor must take the exam. After taking the exam -
✓ If placed in SPAN 3001 the course is not open to heritage or native speakers: instead register for SPAN 3005 (offered in the Fall), or (SPAN 3505 offered in the Spring). SPAN 3005 and 3505 are courses specially designed to meet the needs of Heritage and Native speakers†
✓ If you are placed below SPAN 3001: contact the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures for guidance on which class to register for. firstname.lastname@example.org (414) 288-7063
Who needs to satisfy the Foreign Language requirement?
✓ Students who have NEVER studied Chinese, French, German or Spanish and wish to do so, would register for course level 1001, the elementary language level.
✓ Students with AP credits.
✓ Students who are interested in taking Arabic, Italian, or Latin would complete an online survey see (question 14). After completing the survey, students will register for the following course level depending on the number of years they’ve studied that language
0-2 years of the language enroll in course level 1001
3-4 years of the language enroll in course level 2001
✓ Classical languages nor do they need to complete a survey.
✓ After high school graduation It is important to take the exam as soon as possible in order to obtain the most accurate placement level possible
✓ Before attending Preview
✓ Instructions for the placement exam question 6
✓ Immediately after the exam you’ll receive your placement and score (example
✓ Bring your placement results score and placement level to Preview or when you meet with your academic advisor question 10
✓ 20 – 30 minutes depending on skill level of the language
✓ The exam is online see question 6 for instructions
✓ 1 or more years in Chinese, French, German or Spanish in high school
✓ 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 exam
✓ 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
✓ Click on Placement Exam
✓ password; contact the Foreign Language Department 414-288-7063
✓ When registering you will need your MU ID number
✓ 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 on survey
✓ The exam takes about 20 – 30 minutes depending on your skill level
|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|
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:
✓ Students who have studied less than 2 years of the Spanish language in high
school must register for Spanish 1001, an elementary level course
✓ Students who are placed in Spanish 1001, but have studied 2 years or more of
the language in high school; must register for Spanish 1003, an Intensive Elementary
✓ Span 1003 is the equivalent of taking 1001 and 1002, both elementary levels.
✓ There is no placement in Span 1002 since it’s the continuation of Span 1001
✓ 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 offered in the fall, or 3505 offered in the
✓ 3005 and 3505 courses are specially designed to meet the needs of native and
✓ If you placed below 3001, contact the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at 414-288-7063 for guidance
✓ Contact the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures 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
✓ 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
✓ Students who have taken the Advanced Placement Exam can take the
placement exam but can only accept either the AP or the placement score. Refer to the Foreign Language website link AP Credit and International Baccalaureate or the Undergraduate Bulletin for AP scores and recommended class placements.
✓ Students who have college credit for a foreign language level from another university
(including CAPP levels in high school)
If you are a native or near-native speaker of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, or Spanish, and plan to continue advanced study of that language, you must first take the placement exam in that language to determine your level of proficiency. After taking the exam and obtaining the results, you must consult with the Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures before registering for an advanced foreign language level.
Native speakers of other languages should consult with the records office in their college regarding possible exemption from the foreign language requirement.
Students who are in the College of Arts & Sciences must go to Sensenbrenner Hall 004 and
complete a waiver or substitution form.
Questions contact Katie Hemmer
Klingler College of Arts and Sciences
Sensenbrenner Hall 004
✓ Students who are heritage or native speakers of Arabic or Italian and would like to receive a language waiver, see page 13 for instructions.
Students with no experience in the language do not have to complete the survey and would place themselves in course level 1001.
✓ Students who have had experience in Arabic, Latin or Italian need to complete a 5 minute survey,
✓ The completed survey will be forwarded to the language professor and they will send you an email with your placement:
✓ Greek and Classical / Classical language students do not need to complete a survey
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Lalumiere Language Hall, Room 254