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.
When and where to take the test:
Placement testing should be done prior to your NSO appointment. Where you take the test and the type of test depends on the language. Regardless of which test you take, when you take your placement test it is important to be prepared to do your best in order to get an accurate placement.
- For placement in 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 WebCape placement test can be found on your "My Experience" page of your MyAkron. There will be a "Placement Test" icon in the column on the left side of the screen. The on-line exam takes about 20 minutes and the feedback is immediate. It is done in your home or other quiet setting and must be done in one session. Your score will show on the screen immediately upon completion of the tesst. Once students have taken their test and have the results, they should discuss them with their advisor at NSO so he/she can place the student into the appropriate class.
The exam can only be taken once. Using the cutoff numbers for each language, students are able to be placed accurately in the appropriate class.
Cutoffs for WebCAPE placement in French, German and Spanish:
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. Jeanne-Helene Roy (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)
100-200 Intensive First Year Spanish (35880:103)
*Contact Mrs. Dana Frase (email@example.com) to register for 103*
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. Matthew Wyszynski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- For placement in Italian and Latin, students need to go to the UA Counseling and Testing Center (304 Simmons Hall, 330-972-7084). Please call the office to schedule an appointment. These tests are administered by the Counseling and 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 (email@example.com) in the DML for an evaluation.
- For placement in Arabic, contact Eihab Abousena (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- For placement in Japanese, contact Mrs. Dana Frase (email@example.com) in the Department of Modern Languages.
- For Chinese there is no placement test available. Please use this guide based on previous course history:
- 2 years or less: 101
- 3 years and a C student: 102
- 3 years and an A-B student: 201
- 4 years and an A-B student: 202
- 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 uakron.edu/counseling/testing 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 330 972-7034.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Language Requirement Waiver Information
If you believe you are eligible to receive a waiver of your language requirement, please see the following options to determine if you are able to do so:
1. Native speakers
If you are a native speaker, you must provide a high school transcript from your country showing that you were educated in that language. The transcript should be in English, or a translation must be provided if no one in the Department can interpret same. The Modern Languages’ department chair will review the transcript and, if approved, you may receive a waiver of your language requirement.
2. Oral Proficiency Interview
An oral proficiency interview may be taken through ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). You may contact ACTFL at their website at: http://www.actfl.org/ to arrange a telephone interview. The fee is $134.00. The University of Akron does not proctor this test. Cleveland State University is the nearest proctor location. Please contact Helda Zana, Cleveland State University Testing Director, via email at email@example.com for instructions. Cleveland State requires a photo ID and pre-paid phone card, along with $40 cash, check or money order. ACTFL will provide testing results directly to you. If you receive a rating of intermediate mid or better, please bring your test score to the Department and we will provide a language requirement waiver.
This information is also provided on the Department of Modern Languages’ website:
Please note that if your language requirement is waived, you must still make up the number of language credits as required by your major. Your academic advisor will be able to provide guidance on the appropriate alternate classes to take, preferably classes toward your major or minor.