If you are already on campus or are transferring to Valpo and plan to continue in a language you have previously studied, you need to take the Language Placement Exam.
The purpose of the Language Placement Exam is to determine at what level you should begin your language studies at Valpo. The exam will place you into a specific VU course. You must complete and pass this course in order to receive credit toward a language major or minor or toward a General Education language requirement.
Before taking a placement exam, answer this question:
Have you previously studied this language?
DO NOT TAKE the placement exam in this language if:
- You have never been exposed to this language;
- You have only studied this language independently using software;
- Register for 101 (the first semester course)
TAKE the placement exam in this language if:
– You have taken this language in a traditional high school or junior high/middle school class
– You have studied this language through homeschooling
– You speak this language at home or with family
• Click the link below.
During the regular registration period, the Department of World Languages & Cultures will forward placement scores to the Registrar every few days. If you are unable to register for a course after having taken the on-line exam, you should contact the exam administrator to confirm that your placement score has been forwarded to the Registrar.
Note: Certain language courses may not be available every semester or every year.
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?
May I take an exam in more than one language?
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?
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.