Online Placement Exam-Survey-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. 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.
✓ 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.
✓ Students who have had at LEAST one year of Arabic, Ancient Greek, Italian, or Latin would complete an online survey. After completing the survey students will receive an email from a professor of that language confirming the student's placement.
✓ Students who have NEVER studied Arabic, Ancient Greek, Italian or Latin would register for course level 1001, the elementary language level.
✓ 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.
✓ 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 1003
in the respective language. Level 1003 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.
✓ 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
|Chinese Scores||Chinese Course||French Scores||French Course||German Scores||German Course||Spanish Scores||Spanish Course|
|below 200||1001||below 281||1003||below 301||1003||below 221||1003|
Course level descriptions
1001 - CHNS, elementary level
1003 - FREN, GRMN and SPAN, 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 take the placement exam. Usually those students will place in Spanish 1003. If they place higher than 1003 then the student must take that class.
✓ Spanish 1003 is the equivalent of taking 1001 and 1002, both elementary levels.
✓ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-288-7063 to discuss placement.
✓ 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 [Fall] or 3505 [Spring]. 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
✓ 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 email@example.com or 414-288-7063.
✓ 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