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Modern Languages Placement Exam

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The test will be offered on:

February 21, 2019 from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. in Murphy 114
February 22, 2019 from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. in Murphy 114
February 26, 2019 from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. in Murphy 114

Foreign Language Placement Exam will be administered during each semester and prior to registration for fall and spring semesters. It is recommended that you email Dr. Castilla-Ortiz (fcastillaortiz@missouriwestern.edu) if you plan to take the exam; be sure to arrive on time.


Time: 20-30 Minutes. The placement test is done by computer. Contact Dr. Castilla-Ortiz (fcastillaortiz@missouriwestern.edu) if you plan to take the test. You don’t have to bring any materials to the test site.


The Foreign Language Placement Examination helps us to determine your placement in our foreign language program at Missouri Western State University.

If a student has studied Chinese, French, German, or Spanish in high school or college, and wish to receive credit, or if they are unsure which level of Chinese, French, German, or Spanish is the best one for them to continue their language studies, take the free, standardized placement test offered in their language. Depending on the results, the student may be eligible for 3 to 12 hours of credit.

If a student plans to enroll in a modern language course, they should be aware that one-two years of a language in high school is usually equivalent to one semester in college. If the student has already enrolled in a course according to their background, they may still wish to take the placement test to confirm that it is the best class for them.

Students whose high school transcripts show three or more years of French, German, or Spanish (with grades of C or better, and within three years of the semester in question) should attempt the placement exam because they will not receive credit should they enroll in the beginning Chinese, French, German, or Spanish course (CHI/FRE/GER/SPA 100).

The placement test is offered free of charge. Students will receive their results by email. Should they decide to claim the credit, the student must file a test out petition and pay the test fee of $120.00. Students can stop by Eder Hall 212 for instructions on how to claim credit. You must be currently enrolled in a degree seeking program to receive credit.

However, if the student enrolls in the course suggested by the placement test and completes that course with a grade of A, their test fee will be refunded in full! That means students may receive up to twelve hours of free credit!

What does a student save by taking the placement test? Time and money. Rather than spend an entire semester and tuition dollars on material that they already know, they will be able to build on their language studies and make the most of them.

Students who receive credit for CHI, FRE, GER or SPA 100 or higher can satisfy the General Studies Category 4 Humanities requirement for foreign language. 

There is nothing to lose and everything to gain!


Placement in CHI, FRE, GER, SPA 100 If your score is below our cut-off, you should enroll in CHI, FRE, GER or SPA 100. This is a three-credit course which satisfies the General Studies Category 4 Humanities requirement for foreign language.


Placement in CHI, FRE, GER, SPA 101 If your score indicates placement in CHI, FRE, GER or SPA 101, you can claim 3 hours of credit. Students who successfully complete FRE, GER, SPA 101 with a C or better can be reimbursed the test fee of $120.00.


Placement in CHI, FRE, GER, SPA 200 If your score indicates placement in CHI, FRE, GER, or SPA 200, you can claim 6 hours of credit. Students who successfully complete FRE, GER or SPA 200 can be reimbursed the test fee of $120.00.


Placement in CHI, FRE, GER, SPA 201 If your score indicates placement in CHI, FRE, GER, or SPA 201, you can claim 9 hours of credit. Students who successfully complete FRE, GER or SPA 201 can be reimbursed the test fee of $120.00.


Placement in fifth semester or higher If your score indicates fifth semester or higher, you should enroll in FRE, GER or SPA 302 and claim 12 hours of credit. Students who successfully complete FRE, GER or SPA 302 can be reimbursed the test fee of $120.00.


For more information about the Foreign Language placement exam, contact:

Dr. Eduardo Castilla Ortiz
Modern Languages Committee Chair
Eder, Room 222 – H
(816) 271-4317
E-mail: fcastillaortiz@missouriwestern.edu

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