World Languages & Cultures

Placement Examinations

Use of dictionary, translation sites or help from other persons, or taking this test in repetition to deliberatly make a certain score constitutes as cheating and is in violation of UNCW Honor Code. Also, You must allow 24 hours for your score to process before you can register for the course.

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 World Languages and Cultures 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 World Languages and Cultures 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, translation sites or help from other persons, or taking this test in repetition to deliberatly make a certain score 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?

For those who have previously taken the placement test in the past, the most recent score is locked into Banner for one year. For those who will be taking the placement test for the first time, that very first score received will be recorded in Banner for one year and cannot be changed or modified. Retaking the test within a year time frame will not affect your first score. After the one year period is over, a student can retake the test and that new score will replace the previous score in Banner.

EXAMPLE A
Jane Doe takes the placement test on January 3, 2016 and places into SPN 120 with a score of 213. She decides to retake the test a week later and places into SPN 201 with a score of 311. Jane's first score of 213 will be recorded into Banner. Any scores after the first attempt are null and void until one year later. Jane will not be able to replace her score until January 4, 2017. If she decides to retake the placement test on or after January 4, 2017, whatever score she receives will replace the previous year, regardless if it is lower, higher, or the same.

EXAMPLE B
Johnny Doe took the placement test October 3, 2015 and places into GER 102 with a score of 189. He retakes the placement test on April 3, 2016 and places into GER 201 with a score of 299. Johnny's first score of 189 is held in Banner. Any scores taken within a year of the score recorded in Banner is null and void until exactly one year later. Johnny will not be able to replace his score until October 4, 2016, whatever score he receives will replace the previous year, regardless if it is lower, higher, or the same.

EXAMPLE C
Sue Lemon was a sophmore when she took the placement test August 14th, 2014. She placed into FRH 202 with a score of 375. She is now a senior and retakes the placement test on March 17th, 2016 (over a year and a half later) and places into FRH 102 with a score a FRH 170. She needs FRH 201 to graduate. In this case, she placed lower and must take FRH 102 and then FRH 201 afterwards in order to graduate. The newest score is recorded in Banner for one year. She can't retake the test until March 18th, 2017 (hopefully, she will have graduated by then).
Don't let what happened to Sue Lemon happen to you!

Be proactive!

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 must allow 24 hours for your score to process before you can register for the 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 level 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 should 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 102.
  • 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?

There is no waiver exam through World Languages and Cultures. However, students with advanced language skills may opt to take a College Level Examination Program (CLEP) which may provide credit and could satisfy the language requirement. Students interested in this option should go to Depaolo Hall 1021 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?

French
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 +

German
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 +

Latin
Level 1 LAT 101 0 - 14
Level 2 LAT 102 15 - 20
Level 3 LAT 201 21 +

Spanish A
Level 1
SPN 120
below 226
Level 2
SPN 201
226-325
Level 3
SPN 202
326-375
Level 4
SPN 302
376-425
Level 5
SPN 303
426 +

Spanish B (bilinguals only)
Level 1
take Spanish Exam A if score
0-25
Level 2
SPN 215
26-79
Level 3
SPN 315
80-89
Level 4
SPN 303
90-100

NOTE: All instructions appear at the top of the question screen. Click on the language of the placement exam that you want to take.

Remember that the purpose of the placement exam is to place you into the appropriate level to continue your language studies from where you left off. All students are required to take the course into which they place.

***WARNING***

Use of dictionary, translation sites or help from other persons, or taking this test in repetition to deliberatly make a certain score constitutes as cheating and is in violation of UNCW Honor Code. You must allow 24 hours for your score to process before you can register for the course.

French German Latin Spanish A Spanish B

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