Frequently Asked Questions
Before you begin taking the placement exam, there are a few
things that you should keep in mind. Please read over these questions before
taking the exam. You may want to print out a copy of this page to refer to once
you have loaded the exam.
A link to the exam is at the bottom of this page.
WHO SHOULD TAKE THE PLACEMENT TEST?
- students who are continuing in the language they took in high school, as long as they took two or more courses in that language in high school
- students who are transferring foreign language credit from another institution may choose to take the placement exam if they feel that they can perform at a higher level than the courses that they are transferring
- students whose home language is French, German, or Spanish, and who wish to take courses in that language.
WHO SHOULD NOT TAKE THE PLACEMENT TEST?
- students who never took a high school course in the language that they
intend to study at the university (this does not apply to Hispanic students
enrolling in Spanish for Bilinguals)
- students who only took one course of that language in high school (this does
not apply to Hispanic students enrolling in Spanish for Bilinguals)
- students who are transferring foreign language credit from another
institution for that language, unless they feel that they can perform at a
higher level than the courses that they are transferring
NOTE 1: Students whose high school foreign
language study was in a language other than French, German, Latin, or Spanish
(e. g., Italian, Japanese, Russian, etc.) should see the chair of the Department
of Foreign Languages and Literatures in Leutze 275.
NOTE 2: Native speakers of languages offered at the
intermediate level and for which no placement test exists will take the
International Business/Language Proficiency Exam. These students should see the
chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in Leutze 275 to
make the appropriate arrangements.
WHAT MATERIALS DO I NEED TO TAKE THE PLACEMENT TEST?
You will need a computer with internet capability. Use of dictionary or translation sites, or help from other persons consitutes as cheating and is in violation of UNCW Honor Code.
WHAT IS MY STUDENT ID NUMBER?
Your student ID number is a 9-digit number that begins with 85. It is the
number on your UNCW ID card. If you are a new student and have been accepted to
UNCW and paid your deposit, you can access your student ID number by going to
this page: https://appserv02.uncw.edu/dasapps/getid/.
WHEN SHOULD I TAKE THE PLACEMENT TEST?
We strongly encourage students who are continuing in the foreign language they studied in high school to fulfill their foreign language requirement as soon as possible. This will maximize their chances of success in university language study.
CAN I RETAKE THE PLACEMENT TEST?
While you can currently retake the placement test as many times as you like, the highest score prevails and the highest score is read into the UNCW registration system. The placement
test score is valid for 2 years from the date in which it was taken. After 2
years have passed, a student can retake the placement exam and a lower score can
be read into the UNCW registration system.
WHAT HAPPENS TO MY SCORE ONCE I TAKE THE EXAM?
Your score and identifying information are automatically entered into UNCW’s registration system daily. You need to allow 24 hours for your score to appear in the system before you can register for your course. Additionally, your score will appear on the screen, telling you your raw score, as well as the level of the course you placed into. Please print this page for your own records.
WHICH CLASS IS RIGHT FOR ME?
The placement exam will ensure that you choose the correct language class at UNCW. The exam is challenging and you should not expect to get every answer correct.
Remember that the purpose of the placement exam is to place you into the appropriate to continue your language studies from where you left off. All students are required to take the course into which they place.
Keep in mind that you may not take an introductory class if you have already
had two units of that language in high school. For example, a student who has
taken two or more units of high school Spanish may not enroll for credit in
Spanish 101 and 102, Introductory Spanish. These classes are reserved for true
beginners and students whose only language is English and who have had less than
one unit of high school Spanish. Most students who have had two units of high
school Spanish will place into Spanish 120, Fundamentals of Spanish.
Please note that courses numbered 209 through 212 are taught in English and
do not have the placement test as a prerequisite. These courses are not offered
for foreign language credit.
WHY SHOULD I TRY TO DO WELL ON THIS EXAM?
- you may earn additional credits.
- if a student places into a second-year language class (excluding classes
numbered 209, 210, 211, and 212) and completes that course with a grade of "C"
(2.00) or better, the student will receive three hours credit for the prior
course in the sequence, in addition to the credit for the second-year language
class. For example, if a student places into French 201 and completes that
course with a B+, she or he will also receive three hours of credit for French
for completion of a 300-level course in French, German or Latin, the student will receive 6 credit hours for 201 and 202. For completion of SPN 302, 303, or 315, the student will receive 6 credit hours for the two previous courses in the sequence unless the student already has AP, CLEP, or transfer credit for those courses
- supplemental credit may be used to fulfill university basic studies requirements.
HOW CAN I PLACE OUT OF THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT?
Students with advanced language skills may waive the foreign language requirement by taking a proctored exam. Students interested in this option should see the chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in 275 Leutze Hall to make appropriate arrangements.
FOR SPANISH ONLY:
WHICH SPANISH EXAM IS RIGHT FOR ME?
There are two Spanish placement exams. Answer the following questions in
order to determine which exam you need to take.
Please answer yes or no:
- When I was a child, Spanish was spoken in my home.
- I lived in a Spanish-speaking country for two years or longer.
- My first language was Spanish
- I speak Spanish, or both Spanish and English, with my family and/or friends.
- My parents and/or grandparents often speak/spoke to me in Spanish.
If you answered NO to all of the questions above, take Spanish
A placement exam. If you answered YES to any of the questions,
take Spanish B placement exam.
WHAT ARE THE PLACEMENT TEST SCORE RANGES?
|Level 1||FRH 102/120||0 - 175|
|Level 2||FRH 201||176 - 275|
|Level 3||FRH 202||276 - 349|
|Level 4||FRH 301, 302, 303 or 308||350 +|
|Level 1||GER 102||0 - 200|
|Level 2||GER 201||201 - 300|
|Level 3||GER 202||301 - 390|
|Level 4||GER 301||391 - 470|
|Level 5||GER 307||471 +|
|Level 1||LAT 101||0 - 14|
|Level 2||LAT 102||15 - 20|
|Level 3||LAT 201||21 +|
Spanish B (bilinguals only)
take Spanish Exam A if score
NOTE: All instructions appear at the top of the question screen. Click on the language of the placement exam that you want to take.
- Warning: Use of dictionary, translation sites, or help from other persons constitutes as cheating and is in violation of UNCW Honor Code. Also, You need to allow 24 hours for your score to appear in the system before you can register for your course.