The foreign language placement test helps students register for the appropriate level course for a foreign language.
The unproctored placement test does NOT exempt a student from any language requirements. The College of Arts and Letters and the James Madison College have language exit requirements that must be fulfilled separately from the placement test. The placement test merely informs students where they should begin their language study at Michigan State University. Placing beyond the intro (101) level does NOT grant credit for any levels that the student places beyond. The placement test does NOT grant any university credits.
Placing out of 200-level language in a proctored environment (at AOP or in the MSU Testing Office) can satisfy the language requirement for the College of Arts and Letters and the James Madison College, but again, no college credits are earned by taking the test.
A student who took a foreign language prior to entering Michigan State University, and who is continuing study in that language (and is not bringing in AP, IB Higher Level (HL) or transferable credit), must take the placement test. Students that have taken or are taking the AP or IB HL exam do not have to take the FL placement test.
The current language-related graduation requirements in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) are:
Please select the language below and it will redirect you to the appropriate test.
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If you need to take a proctored test, contact the MSU Testing Office at 517-355-8385,
For placements in languages other than Chinese, French, German, and Spanish, please contact the appropriate department. You can find contact information under Partners.
The placement test makes an enrollment recommendation for the upcoming semester. If you take the test and will not enroll into the recommended course immediately (e.g., taking a semester off from foreign languages), then you should take the test again before enrolling for that semester. If you have any questions, contact your advisor.
The test may be repeated. However, you are encouraged to not take the test more than once in a 6-week period. This applies whether you are taking the proctored or unproctored version. (i.e., if you take the test at home and then wish to take a proctored version, you are encouraged to wait 6 weeks).
There are 39 multiple-choice questions each on the French, German, and Spanish placement tests, covering vocabulary, grammar, listening, and reading. Taking the test should require anywhere from 25 minutes to an hour, depending on how fast you work.
The Chinese placement test has 32 multiple-choice listening and reading questions. You will also be prompted to respond in writing (in Chinese) to two questions, and you will be asked to record your voice (in Chinese) in response to a speaking task. The test should take no more than two hours to complete.