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Language Placement

 Online Placement Test for French, German and Spanish

Latin and Greek

Students who have studied two or more years of Latin in high school are required to take a written placement test offered during the On-Campus Information Sessions in June or New Student Orientation in August. Students who have studied ancient Greek should contact the Chair of the Classical Studies Department.

Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian

Advanced placement in these languages is done through consultation with the corresponding language professor during New Student Orientation in August. See the Orientation schedule for times and locations.

French, German, and Spanish

These languages have an online placement test for students who have previously studied the language. It serves two purposes:

  • to identify the appropriate level course for students continuing to study the language
  • to determine if a student's prior language study is sufficient to fulfill DePauw's language requirement - second-semester ability in a language other than English

The online placement test may be taken off campus or at a placement testing session offered during the On-Campus Information Sessions in June or New Student Orientation in August. Placement tests taken off campus are to assist students as they make course requests. Only tests that are proctored on campus can count toward language placement.

Online Placement Test for French, German and Spanish

When completing the online test, students are provided immediate feedback about their scores and which French, German or Spanish course would be best suited to their level of proficiency. Students may not register for a course lower than the one indicated by their placement score, but they may, with the department's and instructor's approval, attempt a course at one level higher level than the level of placement.

Level One

  • FREN 101 - Elementary French I
  • GER 111 - Elementary German I
  • SPAN 131 - Elementary Spanish I

This is the beginning level of language study. Courses at this level are open only to students who have taken no more than two years of classes in the language in grades 9-12.

Level Two

  • FREN 110 - Review of Elementary French
  • GER 112 - Elementary German II
  • SPAN 140 - Intensive Elementary Spanish

These courses are designed for students who have studied the language but need some review in order to attain a second-semester level of proficiency. Many first-year students with high school language experience test into this level. These courses are offered in both fall and spring semesters. Successful completion of one of these courses fulfills the language requirement. Testing out of a first-semester foreign language course gives no DePauw course credit.

Level Three

  • FREN 201 - Intermediate French I
  • GER 211 - Intermediate German I
  • SPAN 231 - Intermediate Spanish I

Students who place into any one of these courses through a test taken on campus have fulfilled the language requirement by demonstrating the required proficiency through the test. Level three courses do not offer any retroactive credit for lower level courses.

Level Four

  • FREN 202 - Intermediate French II
  • GER 212 - Intermediate German II
  • SPAN 232 - Intermediate Spanish II

Students who place into any one of these courses through a test taken on campus have fulfilled the language requirement by demonstrating the required proficiency through the test. Upon completion of one of these courses with a grade of C or better, the student will receive 1.0 additional (retroactive) course credit.

Level Five

  • FREN 305 - French Conversation & Phonetics *
  • GER 300+ - Any 300-level German course
  • SPAN 330 - Spanish Conversation & Phonetics *
  • SPAN 332—Spanish Reading and Grammar

Students who place into any one of these courses through a test taken on campus have fulfilled the language requirement by demonstrating the required proficiency through the test. Upon completion of one of these courses with a grade of C or better, the student will receive 2.0 additional (retroactive) course credits.

* Heritage speakers of these languages (students who regularly speak them at home with their families) are NOT eligible to take FREN 305 or SPAN 330. They should consult with Prof. Art Evans (French) or Prof. Maria Luque (Spanish) before registering. Two additional course credits will be awarded only after successful completion of three 300-level courses with a grade of C or better.