BCAS Language Requirement
Foreign Language (FL) Placement
Who needs a placement test:
It is mandatory that all students who have had prior experience in FL learning, and who wish to continue in that language at UA, take a placement test to determine the proper level of French, German, Italian, Latin or Spanish in which to enroll. If placed beyond the first semester of a language, a student may purchase bypass credit at a very modest cost for the courses that were able to be skipped as long as a grade of C or higher was earned in the initial course that is taken.
How long is the placement test valid?
Test results will be valid for one academic year. Once you take the Placement test, we strongly recommend taking the class into which you are place as soon as possible.
Where to take the test:
- For French, German and Spanish, students need to take the WebCape Placement test.
WebCape uses state of the art on-line computer testing techniques to efficiently place students in the first two years of college language classes. Because of its adaptive system, WebCape determines a student’s competency quite accurately. The on-line exam takes about 20 minutes and the feedback is immediate. Using the cutoff numbers for each language, students are able to be placed immediately in the appropriate class.
Cutoffs for WebCAPE placement:
000-159 Elementary French I (3520:101)
160-239 Elementary French II (3520:102)
240-289 Intermediate French I (3520:201)
290-399 Intermediate French II (3520:202)
>400 Students need to contact the French Section Coordinator, Dr. Maria Adamowicz (email@example.com)
000-229 Elementary German I (3530:101)
230-319 Elementary German II (3530:102)
320-369 Intermediate German I (3530:201)
370-499 Intermediate German II (3530:202)
>500 Students need to contact Mrs. Dana Frase (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Department of Modern Languages.
000-159 Elementary Spanish I (3580:101)
160-219 Elementary Spanish II (3580:102)
220-269 Intermediate Spanish I (3580:201)
270-399 Intermediate Spanish II (3580:202)
>400 Students need to contact the Spanish Section Coordinator, Dr. Parizad Dejbord (email@example.com)
- For Italian and Latin, students need to go to the Counseling & Testing Center (304 Simmons Hall, 330-972-7084). Placement testing for Italian and Latin is offered on a walk-in basis.
These tests are administered by the Counseling & Testing Center and then evaluated by the Department of Modern Languages (DML). Once students have taken their test and have the results, they should contact Mrs. Dana Frase (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the DML for an evaluation.
- For placement in Arabic, Chinese or Japanese, contact Mrs. Dana Frase (email@example.com) in the DML.
Students have also an option of taking CLEP (College Level Examination Program) test in French, German and Spanish. Based on the results of the test, students can earn college credits and fulfill their foreign language requirement altogether, or may be placed at the appropriate level and earn credit for preceding courses. The CLEP test is administered by the Counseling & Testing Center in 304 Simmons Hall. Students can learn more about CLEP testing at http://www.uakron.edu/counseling/testing/clep.dot and may register to take a CLEP test at http://clep.collegeboard.org/started. CLEP charges $80 per exam and there is a $25 fee at Counseling & Testing Center for administering. Students can schedule an appointment to take a CLEP test by calling 330-972-7084.
Advanced Placement (AP)
Students interested in receiving foreign language credits based on the AP exam scores may contact Monique Beauvais at 330 972-7034 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Students interested in receiving foreign language credits based on their completion of the IB may contact Greg Dieringer at 330 972-7066 or email@example.com.