Department of English and Modern Languages

Foreign Language Placement Test

Modern Language Placement Exam Schedule

Monday, March 23, 2015 – 11:00 am

Thursday, March 26, 2015 – 1:00 pm

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 – 10:00 am

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 – 2:00 pm

All tests will be given in Murphy Hall 114.

Foreign Language Placement Exam will be administered during each semester and prior to registration for fall and spring semesters. Contact the English & Modern Languages Department at 271-4310 for the next scheduled exam.


Time: 20-30 Minutes. The placement test is done by computer. You do not need to sign up in advance or bring any materials to the test site.


The Modern Language Placement Examination helps us to determine your placement in our programs at Missouri Western State University.

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

If you plan to enroll in a foreign language course, you should be aware that one-two years of a language in high school is usually equivalent to one semester in college. If you have already enrolled in a course according to your background, you may still wish to take the placement test to confirm that it is the best class for you.

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 French, Spanish, or German course (FRE/GER/SPA 102).

The placement test is offered free of charge. You will receive your results by email. Should you decide to claim your credit, you must file a test out petition and pay the test fee of $85.00. Stop by Eder Hall 212 for instructions on how to claim credit.

However, if you enroll in the course suggested by the placement test and complete that course with a grade of C or better, your test fee will be refunded in full! That means that you may receive up to twelve hours of free credit!

What do you save by taking the placement test? Time and money. Rather than spend an entire semester and tuition dollars on material that you already know, you’ll be able to build on your language studies and make the most of them.

Students who receive credit for 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 FRE, GER, SPA 100 If your score is below our cut-off, you should enroll in 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 FRE, GER, SPA 101 If your score indicates placement in 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 $85.00.


Placement in FRE, GER, SPA 200 If your score indicates placement in 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 $85.00.


Placement in FRE, GER, SPA 201 If your score indicates placement in 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 $85.00.


Placement in fifth semester or higher If your score indicates fifth semester or higher, you should enroll in FRE or SPA 302 and claim 12 hours of credit. Students who successfully complete FRE or SPA 302 can be reimbursed the test fee of $85.00.


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