Go Global! - How the Foreign Language Placement Exam can work for YOU!

 1) What is the Foreign Language Placement Exam?

It is a 20-30 minute exam followed by a brief conversation with a professor from your language (French, German, or Spanish). We use the results to make sure you are placed at the correct level.

 2) Why take the exam?

It is a great way to build on the work you have done in high school and, if you decide to take a course, to globalize your degree, whatever that may be. Studying a foreign language gives you access to exciting study abroad programs, makes you more attractive to employers, and is a great complement to ANY degree program. Taking the exam can also help save you a lot of TIME and MONEY (see below for details)!

 3)  Who should take the exam?

Generally we advise anyone who has had 3 or more years of a foreign language in high school, or who has a significant background in French, German or Spanish, to take the exam.

 4)  What if I am not planning on majoring in a foreign language?

You should still take the exam! Only a small percentage of the students who take the exam or enroll in a FL class are majoring in a language. Language courses are requirements for some degrees, and can count towards the Core Curriculum or as electives for any student.

5)  How much does it cost?

Nothing. It’s FREE!

 6)  How do I prepare for it?

NO preparation is necessary. You just need to show up for the exam.

7)  What if I take the exam but do not perform well?

The exam is not for a grade and has no impact on your academic record. It is just a way to see where you should begin in our sequence.

8)  Does taking the exam mean I have to take a foreign language class?

NO! The exam just tells you where you would begin in our sequence.

9)  How do I take the exam?

 Please see the list of dates and times at the bottom of this page and contact foreignlang@westga.edu if you have any questions.

10) After the Placement Exam

Taking the placement exam can save you time and money: Depending on the results, you could place into a second-year or even third-year course. Then, if you earn at least a B in the course you take you can purchase the credits for ALL lower-level courses in the sequence for just $6/credit hour. Some students have been able to get 15 hours of college credit by taking just one course. That is a full semester of college!!!

Here’s a breakdown of how the system works (*student must earn a B in a UWG course to purchase credits- transfer or eCore credits will not allow you to do so):

Credit by Exam Breakdown
Placed into Buy Credits For Cost of Credits Total College Credit Hours Earned
FREN/GRMN/SPAN 1002 1001 $18 6
FREN/GRMN/SPAN 2001 1001,1002 $36 9
FREN/GRMN/SPAN 2002 1001, 1002, 2001 $54 12
Any 3000-level course 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002 $72 15

Credit by Exam Breakdown

  • Placed into: FREN/GRMN/SPAN 1002
    Buy Credits For: 1001
    Cost of Credits: $18
    Total College Credit Hours Earned: 6

  • Placed into: FREN/GRMN/SPAN 2001
    Buy Credits For: 1001,1002
    Cost of Credits: $36
    Total College Credit Hours Earned: 9

  • Placed into: FREN/GRMN/SPAN 2002
    Buy Credits For: 1001, 1002, 2001
    Cost of Credits: $54
    Total College Credit Hours Earned: 12

  • Placed into: Any 3000-level course
    Buy Credits For: 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002
    Cost of Credits: $72
    Total College Credit Hours Earned: 15

11) What is the process for purchasing my credits?

The credit by exam form is available in Foreign Languages and Literatures main office, located in Cobb Hall 107 (on Front Campus Drive).

After you acquire the form, you will need to fill it out with all your relevant information, then get it signed by the instructor of the foreign language course you took, and finally get it signed by the chair of the department.

You will then take this form to Aycock Hall where you will pay for the credits. 

Winter 2018/2019 Placement Exam Dates

To take the exam on one of these dates, come to the Orientation Registration Desk in the TLC at 8:00 a.m. and inform the orientation team that you would like to take the exam. No prior registration is necessary and the exam doesn't cost anything. 

Friday, December 7th at the 8:00 am orientation in TLC 1106 (French, German and Spanish tests available)

Tuesday, January 4th at 8:00 am orientation in TLC 1106 (French, German and Spanish tests available)

Monday, January 7th at 4:00 pm in Cobb Hall 131 (Spanish Placement Test Only, contact foreignlang@westga.edu for French and German)

Tuesday, January 8th at 5:00 pm in Cobb Hall 131 (Spanish Placement Test Only, contact foreignlang@westga.edu for French and German)

Wednesday, January 9th at 4:00 pm in Cobb Hall 131 (Spanish Placement Test Only, contact foreignlang@westga.edu for French and German)

Thursday, January 10th at 10:00 am in Cobb Hall 131 (Spanish Placement Test Only, contact foreignlang@westga.edu for French and German)

Friday, January 11th at 1:00 pm in Cobb Hall 131 (Spanish Placement Test Only, contact foreignlang@westga.edu for French and German)

Monday. January 14th at 12:00 pm in Cobb Hall 131 (Spanish Placement Test Only, contact foreignlang@westga.edu for French and German)