Placement Policy

How do I take a placement test?

Depending on which language you want to study, you'll follow a different procedure for the placement test:

Do I need to take a placement test?

If you're an incoming student who plans on taking a language class and has had at least some exposure to the language (from coursework or self-study, or from your family or community), you need to take a placement test. Why? We need to make sure that you're taking a course at the right level: if you take a class that's too easy for you, you're slowing down your path to graduation, while if you take a class that's too hard for you, you run the risk of having to repeat it.

How will a placement exam help me graduate faster?

If you take the placement exam, enroll in the right class, and earn an A or a B in it, you can earn up to 12 credits for all the courses you skipped. That's almost as many credits as you could earn in an entire semester! To purchase these back credits, go to the Registrar's Departmental Challenge Credit website and click on Departmental Challenge Exams—Modern Languages to claim them. With your new credits, you may find that you're only a few classes away from earning a Certificate or Minor in your language.

How do the French/German/Spanish tests work?

Go to the test website, create an account, select your language and take the test. When you've finished, the system will show you your score (and will also send us a copy). Here's how you'll interpret your score:

On the French test:

  • with a score of 0-249, enroll in FRE 101
  • with a score of 250-310, enroll in FRE 102
  • with a score of 311-364, enroll in FRE 201
  • with a score of 365-399, enroll in FRE 202
  • with a score of 400 or higher, enroll in FRE 301
  • if you have questions about your score, email Dr. Thérèse Saint Paul (tsaintpaul@murraystate.edu) for more information.

On the German test:

  • with a score of 0-249, enroll in GER 101
  • with a score of 250-310, enroll in GER 102
  • with a score of 311-364, enroll in GER 201
  • with a score of 365-399, enroll in GER 202
  • with a score of 400 or higher, enroll in GER 301
  • if you have questions about your score, email Dr. Roxane Riegler (rriegler@murraystate.edu) for more information.

On the Spanish test:

  • with a score of 0-249, enroll in SPA 101
  • with a score of 250-345, enroll in SPA 102
  • with a score of 346-390, enroll in SPA 201
  • with a score of 391-429, enroll in SPA 202
  • with a score of 430 or higher, enroll in SPA 301
  • if you have questions about your score, email Dr. Tanya Romero González (tromerogonzalez@murraystate.edu) for more information.

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