The first step to studying a language at Valpo is to take the Language Placement Exam.

FOCUS 2017 students will take the Language Placement Exam on-line, before coming to campus for their FOCUS session.  Students will take the exam from home before June 1, 2017.  

NOTE: If you plan to study a NEW language at VU (one that you did not study in high school), you should NOT need to take the exam for that language.


Chinese

Japanese

French

Latin

German

Spanish


The purpose of the Language Placement Exam is to determine which Valpo language course you should take, for a language that you have previously studied in high school.  The exam will place you into a specific Valpo language course. After completing the course you will earn academic credit for this course. After completing the course you may also earn extra credits (retroactive credit) for some of the courses you skipped over with a high placement score.

The use of outside assistance of any kind is prohibited when taking the Language Placement Exam. This includes assistance obtained through electronic or other means such as websites, dictionaries, textbooks, other individuals, etc. It would be to your disadvantage to use outside assistance since doing so might place you into a higher class for which you would not be properly prepared. Moreover, using outside assistance would also be a violation of the Valparaiso University Honor Code:

“I have neither given or received nor have I tolerated others’ use of unauthorized aid.”

Who should take the exam?

Any student who is thinking of studying a language previously studied in high school should take the exam, regardless of the language requirements for the student’s chosen major.

Is there a fee to take the exam?

No.

May I take an exam in more than one language?

Yes.

May I take the exam more than once in a given language?

Yes. We will look at any available scores when determining your placement. We generally use your highest score when determining your placement.

May I use outside assistance when taking the exam?

The use of outside assistance of any kind is prohibited when taking the placement exam. This includes assistance obtained through electronic or other means such as websites, dictionaries, textbooks, other individuals, etc. It would be to your disadvantage to use outside assistance since doing so might place you into a higher course for which you would not be properly prepared. Moreover, using outside assistance would also be a violation of the Valparaiso University Honor Code: “I have neither given or received nor have I tolerated others’ use of unauthorized aid.”

What if I plan to start a new language at VU?

If you plan to study a new language at VU (one that you did not study in high school), you do not need to take the exam for that language. You should consult with a faculty member within your major or the General Catalog to find out the General Education requirements for your degree program

I want to take a language class for elective credit (just for fun!) and not because my degree has a language requirement. Do I still need to take the exam?

Yes.

What if I experience technical difficulties or have additional questions?

Contact the exam administrator.

How can I find out if my major has a language requirement?

You should consult with a faculty member within your major to find out the General Education requirements for your degree program.

Is it possible to earn retroactive credit?

Yes! If you place into 203 and then take and pass the course, you will earn 4 credits for 203 & 4 additional retroactive credits for 102. If you place into 204 or higher & then take and pass the course, you will earn 4 credits for the course & 8 retroactive additional credits for 102 & 203. More details available in the Undergraduate Catalog.

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