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Foreign Language Placement Exam FAQs

What tests are offered?

The placement test is offered in French, German, and Spanish. For all other languages students should contact the department of Modern Languages and Cultures. The test is a multiple-choice format with questions on grammar and reading comprehension. It takes one hour, and students must come to the test with their photo I.D.

Who should take the test?

Students who wish to continue the study of a language and who do not meet the requirements for a waiver should take the test. Requirements for a waiver include a score of 85 on the Regents exam, college credit for foreign language or AP/CLEP credit.  

All students who are planning to continue their French and Spanish language studies at The College at Brockport and have prior experience with these languages are advised to take the placement test even if they have already received a waiver from the General Education language requirement.

While the General Education requirement is currently one semester of a language (111 level), students should be aware that there are some majors/programs that require more than the minimum language coursework (international business, international studies, BA degrees, and teacher certification).  Taking the placement test early helps us determine the level at which students should begin if they decide to continue language study. 

Who should NOT take the test?

Students who have never studied a language or who wish to begin a new language should not take the test.

Students who meet the requirements for a waiver should not take the test. Requirements for a waiver include a score of 85 on the Regents exam, college credit for foreign language or AP/CLEP credit. A waiver does in itself does not have any credits associated with it.

Please note that students who waive courses through Regents, AP, or CLEP, or who have transfer credit may NOT enroll in and receive credit for the courses for which they received a waiver, since they have technically fulfilled that level. Students may audit courses with the permission of the instructor.

How will students receive the results of the Foreign Language Placement Test?

The Office for Assessment and Testing will update the DARS report of any student who qualifies for a waiver. Students who successfully place above the 111 level through testing will waive the 111 level course. If the DARS report does not indicate that the requirement has been fulfilled, the student should consult with his/her academic advisor.

If a student does not waive or test out of the foreign language requirement, can that student take a language during the first semester?

Students who indicate a major or area of interest will be placed in one or two courses recommended for that major. For some majors there are no recommended freshman courses. If that is the case, students complete General Education courses in the first year which could include a foreign language.

If students do not take the Foreign Language Placement Test during summer orientation, what should they do?

Students who do not meet the requirements for a waiver or do not wish to study a new language, should register for the test during the first semester. See to register. Students should complete the placement test as soon as possible.

Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
The College at Brockport, State University of New York
350 New Campus Drive
Brockport, NY 14420-2977

Director of Language Placement:
Donna Wilkerson-Barker

Last Updated 5/9/13