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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 the completion of the second language requirement. Some language placement tests are available online while others must be completed in-person.  

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.

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 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 requirements.

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 2019 semester (see dates and times below). Students who wish to take a language proficiency exam are required to submit a proficiency test request application at least two weeks before the desired exam date. Please email silcadvising@asu.edu or call the SILC Front Office at (480) 965-6281.

 

Language Proficiency Exam dates for Spring 2020* 

DayDateTime
FridayFebruary 7, 20209:30am – 12:30pm
MondayFebruary 10, 202010:00am – 1:00pm
FridayApril 3, 20209:30am – 12:30pm
MondayApril 10, 202010:00am – 1:00pm

 

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

Note:

  • Students must submit a proficiency exam application and receive a testing confirmation email to test on these dates.
  • *Students must register to take the test at least one week in advance of the chosen testing date and bring their confirmation email to the test.

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

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

Spanish Language LearnerLow score in rangeHigh Score in range
SPA101
SPA110
0249
SPA102250369
SPA201370420
SPA202421520
SPA313521>521
Spanish Heritage Learner (Español)Low score in rangeHigh score in range
SPA2030369
SPA204370520
SPA315521>521
FrenchLow score in rangeHigh score in range
FRE101
FRE110
0280
FRE102281340
FRE201341394
FRE202
FRE210
395476
FRE311477>477
GermanLow score in rangeHigh score in range
GER101
GER110
0230
GER102231328
GER201329407
GER201
GER210
408443
GER210
GER202
444469
GER202470547

Milestone Information (PeopleSoft)

CourseTest IDDescriptionShort DescTest ComponentMilestoneMilestone DescMilestone LevelDesc & Formal Desc
FRE101
FRE110
WC_FrenchWebCAPE French Placement TestWebCAPE FrWC_FRLPT_FREFrench Language Placement10Score of 0 - 280
FRE102WC_FrenchWebCAPE French Placement TestWebCAPE FrWC_FRLPT_FREFrench Language Placement20Score of 281 - 340
FRE201WC_FrenchWebCAPE French Placement TestWebCAPE FrWC_FRLPT_FREFrench Language Placement30Score of 341 - 394
FRE202
FRE210
WC_FrenchWebCAPE French Placement TestWebCAPE FrWC_FRLPT_FREFrench Language Placement40Score of 395 - 476
FRE311WC_FrenchWebCAPE French Placement TestWebCAPE FrWC_FRLPT_FREFrench Language Placement50Score of 477+
GER101
GER110
WC_GermanWebCAPE German Placement TestWebCAPE GrWC_GRLPT_GERGerman Language Placement10Score of 0 - 230
GER102WC_GermanWebCAPE German Placement TestWebCAPE GrWC_GRLPT_GERGerman Language Placement20Score of 231 - 328
GER201WC_GermanWebCAPE German Placement TestWebCAPE GrWC_GRLPT_GERGerman Language Placement30Score of 329 - 407
GER201
GER210
WC_GermanWebCAPE German Placement TestWebCAPE GrWC_GRLPT_GERGerman Language Placement40Score of 408 - 443
GER202
GER210
WC_GermanWebCAPE German Placement TestWebCAPE GrWC_GRLPT_GERGerman Language Placement50Score of 444 - 469
GER202WC_GermanWebCAPE German Placement TestWebCAPE GrWC_GRLPT_GERGerman Language Placement60Score of 470 - 547
GER310
GER311
WC_GermanWebCAPE German Placement TestWebCAPE GrWC_GRLPT_GERGerman Language Placement70Score of 547+
SPA101
SPA110
WC_SpanishWebCAPE Spanish Placement TestWebCAPE SpWC_SPLPT_SPASpanish Language Placement10Score of 0 - 249
SPA102WC_SpanishWebCAPE Spanish Placement TestWebCAPE SpWC_SPLPT_SPASpanish Language Placement20Score of 250 - 369
SPA201WC_SpanishWebCAPE Spanish Placement TestWebCAPE SpWC_SPLPT_SPASpanish Language Placement30Score of 370 - 420
SPA202WC_SpanishWebCAPE Spanish Placement TestWebCAPE SpWC_SPLPT_SPASpanish Language Placement40Score of 421 - 520
SPA313WC_SpanishWebCAPE Spanish Placement TestWebCAPE SpWC_SPLPT_SPASpanish Language Placement50Score of 521+
SPA203WC_EspanolWebCAPE Espanol Placement TestWebCAPE SSWC_SSLPT_SSPAEspanol Language Placement10Score of 0 - 369
SPA204WC_EspanolWebCAPE Espanol Placement TestWebCAPE SSWC_SSLPT_SSPAEspanol Language Placement20Score of 370 - 520
SPA315WC_EspanolWebCAPE Espanol Placement TestWebCAPE SSWC_SSLPT_SSPAEspanol Language Placement30Score of 521+