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Placement & Testing: Undergraduates

Language placement and proficiency tests for undergraduates

Whether you want to determine which level language course to take or you’d like to test out of your second language requirement completely, the School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University offers a variety of placement and proficiency tests to meet your individual needs as an undergraduate student.

PLEASE NOTE: Unless otherwise indicated, the School of International Letters and Cultures language courses are designed for second language learners. Native speakers of the target language may not register for language courses in their native language, but are welcome to take content courses (culture, film, literature) taught in their native language. The School of International Letters and Cultures defines a native speaker as someone who has completed secondary school in the target language.

 

The results do not constitute completion of the second language requirement. Some language placement tests are available online while others require you to schedule an in-person test. Students are permitted to take a language placement test no more than two times per academic year. 

Placement tests will provide a recommended course level for an ASU language course (101, 202, etc.).

The results do not constitute completion of the second language requirement. Some language placement tests are available online while others require you to schedule an in-person test.

Please select the language for which you wish to take a placement test from the list below.

After you have taken the placement test, please enroll in the recommended level. If your score places you at the 300+ level, please complete the request for course override form.

Languages offered for placement include:



 

A proficiency examination can satisfy a student’s foreign language graduation requirement.

The student must demonstrate proficiency at the fourth semester intermediate level in order to test out of the requirement.

Students who wish to test for French, German, or Spanish proficiency must take a CLEP test (see link below). For all other languages, please complete the Proficiency Examination Application. Only one opportunity to test out of the language requirement is allowed.

If you don’t earn a “C” or better on the proficiency exam, you must register for and complete the appropriate language courses to meet your graduation requirement.

Native speakers who completed secondary education (high school or college) in the language to be tested may not need to take an exam. Please contact your academic advisor or language proficiency coordinator for more information.

 

Language proficiency test proctoring is closed for summer but will resume during the Fall 2018 semester (see dates and times below). Students who wish to take a proficiency exam are required to submit a proficiency test request application at least 2 weeks before the desired language proficiency test exam date. Please email silctesting@asu.edu or call the SILC Front Office at (480) 965-6281.

Language Proficiency Exam dates for Fall 2018

Friday, September 14, 2018        11:30am – 3:30pm

Monday, September 17, 2018         8:30am – 11:30am

Friday, November 2, 2018        11:30am – 3:30pm

Monday, November 5, 2018         8:30am – 11:30am

The location for the tests is LL 61 (in the lower-level of the LL building on the Tempe campus).

Students must submit a proficiency exam application and receive a testing confirmation email in order to test on these dates.

Proficiency Examination Application | CLEP® for Spanish, German, French 

Language Placement Milestones & Scores

Placement in French, German, and Spanish has been automated to produce milestones in PeopleSoft that correlate to student scores on the WebCAPE exam.  Students will be eligible to enroll in the course that their score indicates to be the correct one for their level of language ability.  Note: there are two placement tests in the Spanish language -- one (Spanish) is for second language learners; the other (Español) is for heritage learners as identified through the questionnaire at https://silc.asu.edu/content/placement-exams-spanish

Below are listed the finalized and approved cutoff scores for placement exams in Spanish, French, and German.

Spanish Language Learner Low score in range High Score in range
SPA101
SPA110
0 249
SPA102 250 369
SPA201 370 420
SPA202 421 520
SPA313 521 >521
Spanish Heritage Learner (Español) Low score in range High score in range
SPA203 0 369
SPA204 370 520
SPA315 521 >521
French Low score in range High score in range
FRE101
FRE110
0 280
FRE102 281 340
FRE201 341 394
FRE202
FRE210
395 476
FRE311 477 >477
German Low score in range High score in range
GER101
GER110
0 230
GER102 231 328
GER201 329 407
GER201
GER210
408 443
GER210
GER202
444 469
GER202 470 547

Milestone Information (PeopleSoft)

Course Test ID Description Short Desc Test Component Milestone Milestone Desc Milestone Level Desc & Formal Desc
FRE101
FRE110
WC_French WebCAPE French Placement Test WebCAPE Fr WC_FR LPT_FRE French Language Placement 10 Score of 0 - 280
FRE102 WC_French WebCAPE French Placement Test WebCAPE Fr WC_FR LPT_FRE French Language Placement 20 Score of 281 - 340
FRE201 WC_French WebCAPE French Placement Test WebCAPE Fr WC_FR LPT_FRE French Language Placement 30 Score of 341 - 394
FRE202
FRE210
WC_French WebCAPE French Placement Test WebCAPE Fr WC_FR LPT_FRE French Language Placement 40 Score of 395 - 476
FRE311 WC_French WebCAPE French Placement Test WebCAPE Fr WC_FR LPT_FRE French Language Placement 50 Score of 477+
GER101
GER110
WC_German WebCAPE German Placement Test WebCAPE Gr WC_GR LPT_GER German Language Placement 10 Score of 0 - 230
GER102 WC_German WebCAPE German Placement Test WebCAPE Gr WC_GR LPT_GER German Language Placement 20 Score of 231 - 328
GER201 WC_German WebCAPE German Placement Test WebCAPE Gr WC_GR LPT_GER German Language Placement 30 Score of 329 - 407
GER201
GER210
WC_German WebCAPE German Placement Test WebCAPE Gr WC_GR LPT_GER German Language Placement 40 Score of 408 - 443
GER202
GER210
WC_German WebCAPE German Placement Test WebCAPE Gr WC_GR LPT_GER German Language Placement 50 Score of 444 - 469
GER202 WC_German WebCAPE German Placement Test WebCAPE Gr WC_GR LPT_GER German Language Placement 60 Score of 470 - 547
GER310
GER311
WC_German WebCAPE German Placement Test WebCAPE Gr WC_GR LPT_GER German Language Placement 70 Score of 547+
SPA101
SPA110
WC_Spanish WebCAPE Spanish Placement Test WebCAPE Sp WC_SP LPT_SPA Spanish Language Placement 10 Score of 0 - 249
SPA102 WC_Spanish WebCAPE Spanish Placement Test WebCAPE Sp WC_SP LPT_SPA Spanish Language Placement 20 Score of 250 - 369
SPA201 WC_Spanish WebCAPE Spanish Placement Test WebCAPE Sp WC_SP LPT_SPA Spanish Language Placement 30 Score of 370 - 420
SPA202 WC_Spanish WebCAPE Spanish Placement Test WebCAPE Sp WC_SP LPT_SPA Spanish Language Placement 40 Score of 421 - 520
SPA313 WC_Spanish WebCAPE Spanish Placement Test WebCAPE Sp WC_SP LPT_SPA Spanish Language Placement 50 Score of 521+
SPA203 WC_Espanol WebCAPE Espanol Placement Test WebCAPE SS WC_SS LPT_SSPA Espanol Language Placement 10 Score of 0 - 369
SPA204 WC_Espanol WebCAPE Espanol Placement Test WebCAPE SS WC_SS LPT_SSPA Espanol Language Placement 20 Score of 370 - 520
SPA315 WC_Espanol WebCAPE Espanol Placement Test WebCAPE SS WC_SS LPT_SSPA Espanol Language Placement 30 Score of 521+