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Exams

Students seeking to take French, German or Spanish, including 100 or 101 courses, must take the placement exam online. Those with previous knowledge of Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Latin or Russian wishing to continue studying these languages must contact the appropriate language coordinator for course placement. 

Transfer students with previous language credits should contact an advisor in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics in Chitwood 205. 

Students may enroll at a higher level than the placement test indicates with coordinator approval. However, a student may not enroll at a lower level than that indicated by the placement test without written coordinator permission. Placement exams are designed to place you in a class where you have an excellent chance at success. Taking a course lower than your placement may have an effect on your eligibility for back credit.

Students with extensive language experience as a result of prior study, informal contact with the language or for other reasons that took place more than five years prior to admission may take the placement test or may start with the beginning course in that language without taking the placement test.

Students who already speak a language other than English, and are literate in their home language, should discuss the foreign language requirement with their academic advisors.

Students who transfer credit for language courses taken at another institution are not required to take the placement test, provided there is evidence that their work is comparable to that required at WVU. Transfer students must take the placement test if course equivalency cannot be established.

Credit by placement

To be eligible for the free back credit, you must complete a placement exam before enrolling in a language class. You must have completed the course in which you were placed (or higher) with a grade of A or B  to receive the back credit. Please complete this form to request back credit.

How to take a placement exam

To view your placement results at a later time:

Language  Course Number  Cutoff

French       French 101            0-278
                  French 102            279-339
                  French 203            340-393
                  French 204            394-492
                  French 301*           493-and higher

German     German 101          0-288
                  German 102          289-378
                  German 203          379-476
                  German 204          477-556
                  German 301*         557-and higher

Spanish     Spanish 101          0-263
                  Spanish 102          264-324
                  Spanish 203          325-403
                  Spanish 204          404-493
                  Spanish 311*         494-and higher

*You may be eligible to take classes beyond those listed here. Please call the department for more information or if you have additional questions.