Who needs to take it?
Students who are interested in taking Spanish or French or German AND have studied/or are proficient in Spanish, French or German. At this time, Japanese courses do not require a placement test. Students completing a BA degree are required to have two years of a foreign language. Foreign language study will enhance any major and open doors to study abroad, international internships and employment.
When should I take the test?
Sometime before you sign up for your first language class at SOU. New students for fall term should take the placement test prior to coming to Raider Registration during the summer.
Can I buy back credit for language courses below my placement?
If you earn a B or better in the course you placed into, you can apply to buy credit ($100 per course) from the language department within one term of finishing the language course. For example, if you place into and pass Spanish 202 with a B or better and go to the language department within a term, you can pay to have Spanish 101, 102, 103, 201 transcripted for a total of $400 for 16 credits.
When and where is testing offered?
Foreign language testing is available online. You can take it any time, anywhere, if you have a computer and internet connection. The test generally takes about 30-40 minutes and does not include an oral component. NOTE: This is a free service to all SOU students.
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Placement scores are good for one year. If you feel you did not place into the level you thought you should you can go to the Foreign Language Department in Central Hall and ask for an oral assessment.
If you experience difficulty, please contact Barbara Henson at 541-552-6182 or email her at email@example.com.
Computers are available in the Foreign Language Lab in Central Hall, Room 270 for students to take the placement exam. Hours for Language Lab are 9:30-4:30p.m. Monday through Thursday.
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