Placement Exams & Online Course Policies

Find out if you need to take a placement exam, as well as when and where it is taking place. This document provides procedures for taking placement exams and the online course policy.

Who needs to take the Placement Exam?

  • Students who have taken more than two years of a language in high school and who intend to take the same language at AU must take the exam
  • Students who are bilingual or native speakers of the language they wish to take or who have spoken the language at home
  • Students do not need to take the exam if they did not study a language previously or if they are planning to take a different language in college

Exams are given in French, German and Spanish. Results will be posted for the Advisors only on Banner under Test Scores. Students cannot access their own scores.

Foreign Language Placement Exam Dates for the 2018 - 2019 Year:

  • Friday, August 24th @ 3:30 – 4:30 in Room Lecture Hall, 247 Science Center
  • Monday, August 27th @ 7:00 -- 8:00 in Room Lecture Hall, 247 Science Center
  • Tuesday, October 30th @ 7:30 – 8:30 in 112 Perlman Hall
  • Tuesday, January 22nd @6:00 – 7:00 in 112 Perlman Hall
  • Wednesday, April 3rd @7:00 – 8:00 in 112 Perlman Hall

Procedure to Demonstrate Proficiency in a Language other than French, German and Spanish:

Once you have obtained test scores from Banner, please use the following guidelines for registration:

  • 0 - 40% Student should register for 101
  • 41 - 60% Student should register for 102
  • 61 - 100% Student has completed the foreign language requirement
  • Students who have completed the foreign language requirement are encouraged to continue their foreign language studies. Please contact any faculty member or the office of Modern Languages for guidance choosing which level would be most appropriate.
  • Please Note: To be considered for membership in Phi Beta Kappa, students must have, among other qualifications, demonstrated intermediate proficiency in a foreign language through 200-level coursework or scoring 80% on the language placement exam.

International Students:

Foreign Language Requirement Waiver Request Policy and Form

Modern Languages - Online Course Policy

General Education Foreign Language Competency (III)

The Division of Modern Languages does not accept courses taken online for transfer credit in fulfillment of the General Education Foreign Language Competency (III). The position of the Division of Modern Languages regarding courses taken online is based upon the National Standards for Language Learning as delineated by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). In exceptional circumstances, the Division of Modern Languages may choose to review this policy on a case by case basis.

World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages