FOREIGN LANGUAGE PLACEMENT EXAMS
The Department of International Studies administers placement exams in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Latin and Russian. Placement exams for Spanish are administered through the Department of Hispanic Studies.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHO SHOULD TAKE THE TEST?
Students who intend to enroll for the first time in any language course at Texas A&M University, who have previous knowledge, however acquired, of the language in which they plan to enroll, and who have no college credit in the language, must take the departmental placement examination to determine the appropriate course for their level of ability. The foreign language placement test also serves as a basis for credit by examination.
WHAT IF I TOOK AP OR IB IN HIGH SCHOOL?
Students who take the Advanced Placement (AP) test or the International Baccalaureate (IB) test or other acceptable tests which grant college-level credit in their foreign language of choice do not have to take the required departmental placement test. In this case, the AP, IB and other test results may be used for placement.
WHEN WILL THE EXAM BE ADMINISTERED?
The placement examination will be administered by the Department of International Studies during freshman conferences along with other credit by exam tests. The test will also be offered during fall and spring semesters.
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE TEST?
Registration is done online at marketplace.tamu.edu. Select the Dept. of International Studies link and then choose the Placement Exam Fee option. There is a $30.00 fee due at the time of registration.
HOW LONG IS THE TEST?
Students are given 90 minutes to complete the exam.
WHAT DOES THE TEST COVER?
All language tests have a grammar and reading component. The structure of the tests can include a combination of multiple-choice and written questions. Some tests include a listening and essay portion.
WHEN WILL I KNOW MY SCORE?
The department will post scores in 3-5 business days. Tests that include a writing portion may take longer. To view scores and credit earned, click on the “My Record” tab on howdy.tamu.edu and select “Credit By Examination” under the “Degree Evaluation” channel.
The page will show the classes that the student has tested out of. For example, if it shows FREN 101 and FREN 102, then the student is eligible to register for the next sequence class, FREN 201. If there is no visible credit, the student did not place out of any classes and he/she is eligible to register for the first sequence, 101.
The maximum number of college credit a student can receive is 14 hours. That includes 101, 102, 201, and 202 language classes.
NEW STUDENT CONFERENCES
All tests will be administered on the Pre-Conference Day of the New Student Conference along with credit by examination tests. The test will also be offered at various times during the fall and spring semesters. For more information about when those tests will be administered, please see an adviser. Students who do not take the placement test on the Pre-Conference Day will not be able to register for a foreign language course during their first semester. (Please note: Seats in language courses are limited; taking the Language Placement Exam does not guarantee the ability to register for a language course during your first semester).