Santa Clara University

Modern Languages and Literatures department

Language Placement Exam

French or Spanish

Background and purpose of the exam

This exam is used for determining language preparedness and placement at the elementary levels in French or Spanish.

Who should take the exam?

Students who have previously studied either French or Spanish who would like to determine the current strength of their language skills in order to enroll in the course that most closely matches their ability.

Content of the exam

The exam tests reading comprehension through multiple-choice questions based on readings of short paragraphs. The exam modifies the difficulty level of the questions based upon the exam takers right or wrong answers.

Timing of the exam

The exam typically takes from 15 – 30 minutes, depending on how much time is needed for the exam taker to read paragraphs and answer questions.

Printing your exam score

When you complete the exam, you should make a note of your score and placement suggestion.  No email will be sent.  If you need your score at a later time, you simply log into the exam, fill in the top portion of the survey as you did when they took the exam, and then press the resume button. (This process also works if the exam is interrupted--as long as you have answered at least one question.)

On the scoring screen, should also be a recommended course listed, see chart below:

FRENCH

 

SPANISH

 

Score

Placement

Score

Placement

0 – 315

FREN 1

0 – 295

SPAN 1

325 – 368

FREN 2

305 – 355

SPAN 2

377 or higher

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365 – 439

SPAN 3

  

444 or higher

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