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Department of Modern Languages: Placement and Credit by Exam

I am on the Old Gen Ed Program

What is this?

2004-2014: If your catalog term is summer term 2004 through summer 2014, you need to complete the second semester course (102) or higher in a language, complete another approved course that fulfills the requirement, or get the equivalent credit by exam. See the Undergraduate Catalog for your catalog year for details.

Spring 2004 and before: Complete a 101 language course or other approved course that fulfills the requirement, or get the equivalent credit by exam. See the Undergraduate Catalog for your catalog year for details.

I want to continue a language I have already started learning.

What language do you want to continue?

Proper placement according to your previous knowledge is essential to ensuring your academic success. For some languages a placement test is required. Click on your language to read about placement.

     

Arabic

If you wish to register for a course in Arabic, and you already have some knowledge of the language, whether through study or life experience, you must schedule an appointment for an oral and reading interview to assess your correct level. The results of this interview will indicate to you the course level for which you are eligible to register.

 

For more information about Arabic language placement interviews, please email Dr. David DiMeo at david.dimeo@wku.edu.

Chinese

If you wish to register for a course in Chinese, and you already have some knowledge of the language, whether through study or life experience, you must schedule an appointment for an oral and reading interview to assess your correct level. The results of this interview will indicate to you the course level for which you are eligible to register.

 

For more information about Chinese language placement interviews, please email Dr. Ke Peng at ke.peng@wku.edu.

French

Taking a placement test helps ensure that you are set up for success. Being placed correctly is likely to save you time and money, and make your language learning experience more enjoyable.

Avant Language Placement Test

The results of this examination will indicate to you the course level for which you are eligible to register.

  • This is an online placement test that you purchase.
  • You will need listening and recording capability to complete the placement test.
  • You may take it in our Media Center located in FAC 252 or from home.
  • Purchase your placement test ($15) online by clicking here. You will be taken to the AVANT Assessment website to purchase the test.
  • After purchasing, you will need a test code & password. You may 1) bring your receipt to the Department of Modern Languages in FAC 251 and receive a code & password, or 2) email your receipt and your WKU ID (800#) to Modern.Languages@wku.edu to receive a code & password.
  • When you begin taking your placement test you MUST enter your WKU ID (800#).
  • Within 14 days after you complete the placement test, you will receive an email with your score. Your score will appear in TopNet under "Test Scores and Course Eligibility".
  • Your score will be valid for 1 year.
  • If you are not pleased with the results and wish to retake the placement test, you must wait 30 days before doing so.

AVANT Placement Scores

Score

Proficiency

Level

WKU

Equivalent

Placement

Level

2

Novice-Mid

101

102

3

Novice-High

102

201

4

Intermediate-Low

201

202

5

Intermediate-Mid

Intermediate-High

202

300 level

6

Advanced

400 level

See advisor for test-out options &

placement

German

Taking a placement test helps ensure that you are set up for success. Being placed correctly is likely to save you time and money, and make your language learning experience more enjoyable.

Avant Language Placement Test

The results of this examination will indicate to you the course level for which you are eligible to register.

  • This is an online placement test that you purchase.
  • You will need listening and recording capability to complete the placement test.
  • You may take it in our Media Center located in FAC 252 or from home.
  • Purchase your placement test ($15) online by clicking here. You will be taken to the AVANT Assessment website to purchase the test.
  • After purchasing, you will need a test code & password. You may 1) bring your receipt to the Department of Modern Languages in FAC 251 and receive a code & password, or 2) email your receipt and your WKU ID (800#) to Modern.Languages@wku.edu to receive a code & password.
  • When you begin taking your placement test you MUST enter your WKU ID (800#).
  • Within 14 days after you complete the placement test, you will receive an email with your score and a link to the AVANT Placement Score chart (below). Your score will appear in TopNet under "Test Scores and Course Eligibility".
  • Your score will be valid for 1 year.
  • If you are not pleased with the results and wish to retake the placement test, you must wait 30 days before doing so.

AVANT Placement Scores

Score

Proficiency

Level

WKU

Equivalent

Placement

Level

2

Novice-Mid

101

102

3

Novice-High

102

201

4

Intermediate-Low

201

202

5

Intermediate-Mid

Intermediate-High

202

300 level

6

Advanced

400 level

See advisor for test-out options &

placement

Japanese

If you wish to register for a course in Japanese, and you already have some knowledge of the language, whether through study or life experience, you must contact the Modern Languages office at modern.languages@wku.edu.

Korean

If you wish to register for a course in Korean, and you already have some knowledge of the language, whether through study or life experience, you must contact the Modern Languages office at modern.languages@wku.edu.

Russian

If you wish to register for a course in Russian, and you already have some knowledge of the language, whether through study or life experience, you must schedule an appointment for an oral and reading interview to assess your correct level. The results of this interview will indicate to you the course level for which you are eligible to register.

 

For more information about Russian language placement interviews, please email Katya Myakshina at ekaterina.myakshina@wku.edu .

Spanish

Taking a placement test helps ensure that you are set up for success. Being placed correctly is likely to save you time and money, and make your language learning experience more enjoyable.

Avant Language Placement Test

The results of this examination will indicate to you the course level for which you are eligible to register.

  • This is an online placement test that you purchase.
  • You will need listening and recording capability to complete the placement test.
  • You may take it in our Media Center located in FAC 252 or from home.
  • Purchase your placement test ($15) online by clicking here. You will be taken to the AVANT Assessment website to purchase the test.
  • After purchasing, you will need a test code & password. You may 1) bring your receipt to the Department of Modern Languages in FAC 251 and receive a code & password, or 2) email your receipt and your WKU ID (800#) to Modern.Languages@wku.edu to receive a code & password.
  • When you begin taking your placement test you MUST enter your WKU ID (800#).
  • Within 14 days after you complete the placement test, you will receive an email with your score and a link to the AVANT Placement Score chart (below). Your score will appear in TopNet under "Test Scores and Course Eligibility".
  • Your score will be valid for 1 year.
  • If you are not pleased with the results and wish to retake the placement test, you must wait 30 days before doing so.

AVANT Placement Scores

Score

Proficiency

Level

WKU

Equivalent

Placement

Level

2

Novice-Mid

101

102

3

Novice-High

102

201

4

Intermediate-Low

201

202

5

Intermediate-Mid

Intermediate-High

202

300 level

6

Advanced

400 level

See advisor for test-out options &

placement

 

I want to start a new language.

The place to start a language you have never studied before is a 101 course. 101 courses are for true beginners. You can study the following languages on the WKU campus:

 

Arabic, Chinese, French and Spanish – Typically offer 101 courses in both fall and spring.

German, Japanese, Korean and Russian – Typically offer 101 courses in fall only.

 

Arabic, Chinese, French and Spanish – Typically offer 101/102 as bi-term courses. This means you enroll in 101 for the 1st half of the semester and you can also enroll in 102 for the 2nd half of the semester. These courses meet daily and allow you to complete a full year of language in a single semester.

I want to test out (demonstrate my skills). I would also like to know how I can get credit.

 

What is your language?

Arabic

If you want to demonstrate your skills and fulfill the requirement, you can take the STAMP test.  If you have taken an AAPPL test, you can submit an official score report.

If you want to receive credit, you can request a departmental examination.

Chinese

If you want to demonstrate your skills and fulfill the requirement, you can take the STAMP test. If you have taken an AAPPL test, you can submit an official score report.

If you want to receive credit, you can request a departmental examination or submit appropriate AP scores.

French

If you want to demonstrate your skills and fulfill the requirement, you can take the STAMP test. If you have taken an AAPPL test, you can submit an official score report.

 If you want to receive credit, you can request a departmental examination, submit appropriate AP scores or take a CLEP test.

German

If you want to demonstrate your skills and fulfill the requirement, you can take the STAMP test. If you have taken an AAPPL test, you can submit an official score report.

 If you want to receive credit, you can request a departmental examination, submit appropriate AP scores or take a CLEP test.

Japanese

If you want to demonstrate your skills and fulfill the requirement, you can take the STAMP test.

If you want to receive credit, you can request a departmental examination or submit appropriate AP scores.

Korean

If you want to demonstrate your skills, fulfill the requirement and receive credit, you can request a departmental examination.

Russian

If you want to demonstrate your skills, fulfill the requirement and receive credit, you can request a departmental examination.

Spanish

If you want to demonstrate your skills and fulfill the requirement, you can take the STAMP test. If you have taken an AAPPL test, you can submit an official score report.

If you want to receive credit, you can request a departmental examination, submit appropriate AP scores or take a CLEP test.

 I am on the Colonnade Program

What is this?

If you catalog year is Fall 2014 and thereafter, you will complete the Colonnade Plan requirement of demonstrated proficiency at the Novice High level or higher.

I want to continue a language I have already started learning.

What language do you want to continue?

Proper placement according to your previous knowledge is essential to ensuring your academic success. For some languages a placement test is required. Click on your language to read about placement.

Arabic

If you wish to register for a course in Arabic, and you already have some knowledge of the language, whether through study or life experience, you must schedule an appointment for an oral and reading interview to assess your correct level. The results of this interview will indicate to you the course level for which you are eligible to register.

For more information about Arabic language placement interviews, please email Dr. David DiMeo at david.dimeo@wku.edu

Chinese

If you wish to register for a course in Chinese, and you already have some knowledge of the language, whether through study or life experience, you must schedule an appointment for an oral and reading interview to assess your correct level. The results of this interview will indicate to you the course level for which you are eligible to register.

For more information about Chinese language placement interviews, please email Dr. Ke Peng at ke.peng@wku.edu

French

Taking a placement test helps ensure that you are set up for success. Being placed correctly is likely to save you time and money, and make your language learning experience more enjoyable.

Avant Language Placement Test

The results of this examination will indicate to you the course level for which you are eligible to register.

  • This is an online placement test that you purchase.
  • You will need listening and recording capability to complete the placement test.
  • You may take it in our Media Center located in FAC 252 or from home.
  • Purchase your placement test ($15) online by clicking here. You will be taken to the AVANT Assessment website to purchase the test.
  • After purchasing, you will need a test code & password. You may 1) bring your receipt to the Department of Modern Languages in FAC 251 and receive a code & password, or 2) email your receipt and your WKU ID (800#) to Modern.Languages@wku.edu to receive a code & password.
  • When you begin taking your placement test you MUST enter your WKU ID (800#).
  • Within 14 days after you complete the placement test, you will receive an email with your score. Your score will appear in TopNet under "Test Scores and Course Eligibility".
  • Your score will be valid for 1 year.
  • If you are not pleased with the results and wish to retake the placement test, you must wait 30 days before doing so.

AVANT Placement Scores

Score

Proficiency

Level

WKU

Equivalent

Placement

Level

2

Novice-Mid

101

102

3

Novice-High

102

201

4

Intermediate-Low

201

202

5

Intermediate-Mid

Intermediate-High

202

300 level

6

Advanced

400 level

See advisor for test-out options &

placement

German

Taking a placement test helps ensure that you are set up for success. Being placed correctly is likely to save you time and money, and make your language learning experience more enjoyable.

Avant Language Placement Test

The results of this examination will indicate to you the course level for which you are eligible to register.

  • This is an online placement test that you purchase.
  • You will need listening and recording capability to complete the placement test.
  • You may take it in our Media Center located in FAC 252 or from home.
  • Purchase your placement test ($15) online by clicking here. You will be taken to the AVANT Assessment website to purchase the test.
  • After purchasing, you will need a test code & password. You may 1) bring your receipt to the Department of Modern Languages in FAC 251 and receive a code & password, or 2) email your receipt and your WKU ID (800#) to Modern.Languages@wku.edu to receive a code & password.
  • When you begin taking your placement test you MUST enter your WKU ID (800#).
  • Within 14 days after you complete the placement test, you will receive an email with your score and a link to the AVANT Placement Score chart (below). Your score will appear in TopNet under "Test Scores and Course Eligibility".
  • Your score will be valid for 1 year.
  • If you are not pleased with the results and wish to retake the placement test, you must wait 30 days before doing so.

AVANT Placement Scores

Score

Proficiency

Level

WKU

Equivalent

Placement

Level

2

Novice-Mid

101

102

3

Novice-High

102

201

4

Intermediate-Low

201

202

5

Intermediate-Mid

Intermediate-High

202

300 level

6

Advanced

400 level

See advisor for test-out options &

placement

Japanese

If you wish to register for a course in Japanese, and you already have some knowledge of the language, whether through study or life experience, you must contact the Modern Languages office at modern.languages@wku.edu.

Korean

If you wish to register for a course in Korean, and you already have some knowledge of the language, whether through study or life experience, you must contact the Modern Languages office at modern.languages@wku.edu.

Russian

If you wish to register for a course in Russian, and you already have some knowledge of the language, whether through study or life experience, you must schedule an appointment for an oral and reading interview to assess your correct level. The results of this interview will indicate to you the course level for which you are eligible to register.

For more information about Russian language placement interviews, please email Katya Myakshina at ekaterina.myakshina@wku.edu .

Spanish

Taking a placement test helps ensure that you are set up for success. Being placed correctly is likely to save you time and money, and make your language learning experience more enjoyable.

Avant Language Placement Test

The results of this examination will indicate to you the course level for which you are eligible to register.

  • This is an online placement test that you purchase.
  • You will need listening and recording capability to complete the placement test.
  • You may take it in our Media Center located in FAC 252 or from home.
  • Purchase your placement test ($15) online by clicking here. You will be taken to the AVANT Assessment website to purchase the test.
  • After purchasing, you will need a test code & password. You may 1) bring your receipt to the Department of Modern Languages in FAC 251 and receive a code & password, or 2) email your receipt and your WKU ID (800#) to Modern.Languages@wku.edu to receive a code & password.
  • When you begin taking your placement test you MUST enter your WKU ID (800#).
  • Within 14 days after you complete the placement test, you will receive an email with your score and a link to the AVANT Placement Score chart (below). Your score will appear in TopNet under "Test Scores and Course Eligibility".
  • Your score will be valid for 1 year.
  • If you are not pleased with the results and wish to retake the placement test, you must wait 30 days before doing so.

AVANT Placement Scores

Score

Proficiency

Level

WKU

Equivalent

Placement

Level

2

Novice-Mid

101

102

3

Novice-High

102

201

4

Intermediate-Low

201

202

5

Intermediate-Mid

Intermediate-High

202

300 level

6

Advanced

400 level

See advisor for test-out options &

placement.

 

 

I want to start a new language.

The place to start a language you have never studied before is a 101 course. 101 courses are for true beginners. You can study the following languages on the WKU campus:

 

Arabic, Chinese, French and Spanish – Typically offer 101 courses in both fall and spring.

German, Japanese, Korean and Russian – Typically offer 101 courses in fall only.

 

Arabic, Chinese, French and Spanish – Typically offer 101/102 as bi-term courses. This means you enroll in 101 for the 1st half of the semester and you can also enroll in 102 for the 2nd half of the semester. These courses meet daily and allow you to complete a full year of language in a single semester.

I want to test out (demonstrate my skills). I would also like to know how I can get credit.

 

What is your language?

Arabic

If you want to demonstrate your skills and fulfill the requirement, you can take the STAMP test.  If you have taken an AAPPL test, you can submit an official score report.

If you want to receive credit, you can request a departmental examination.

Chinese

If you want to demonstrate your skills and fulfill the requirement, you can take the STAMP test. If you have taken an AAPPL test, you can submit an official score report.

If you want to receive credit, you can request a departmental examination or submit appropriate AP scores.

French

If you want to demonstrate your skills and fulfill the requirement, you can take the STAMP test. If you have taken an AAPPL test, you can submit an official score report.

 If you want to receive credit, you can request a departmental examination, submit appropriate AP scores or take a CLEP test.

German

If you want to demonstrate your skills and fulfill the requirement, you can take the STAMP test. If you have taken an AAPPL test, you can submit an official score report.

 If you want to receive credit, you can request a departmental examination, submit appropriate AP scores or take a CLEP test.

Japanese

If you want to demonstrate your skills and fulfill the requirement, you can take the STAMP test.

If you want to receive credit, you can request a departmental examination or submit appropriate AP scores.

Korean

If you want to demonstrate your skills and fulfill the requirement, you can take the departmental examination. Passing a departmental examination will also award you credit.

Russian

If you want to demonstrate your skills and fulfill the requirement and you have taken an AAPPL test, you can submit an official score report.

If you want to receive credit, you can request a departmental examination.

 Spanish

If you want to demonstrate your skills and fulfill the requirement, you can take the STAMP test. If you have taken an AAPPL test, you can submit an official score report.

If you want to receive credit, you can request a departmental examination, submit appropriate AP scores or take a CLEP test.

I took a higher level course and would like credit for previous courses.

Verified Credit

The Department of Modern Languages grants up to 6 hours of university credit for a fee of $25 per credit for previous knowledge of a language if you enroll at a higher level than 101 and earn a C or better. For example, if based on 2 years of high school language you are ready for a 102 course and you earn a C or better, you come to the department, fill out a "Verified Credit" form, take it to the Registrar where you pay the fee, and credit will be issued for previous language courses. If based on 3 years of high school language you are ready for a 201, and you earn a C or better, you could get credit for 101 and 102 in that language

I am an International Student or a Baccalaureate Degree-Seeking Student whose first language is not English.

Policy for International Students

International students from non-English speaking countries can receive the waiver from the International Student Office (request at: https://istart.wku.edu/istart/controllers/start/start.cfm). More information can be found here.   

Policy for Baccalaureate Degree-Seeking Students whose first language is not English.

Domestic students (non-international) whose first language is not English have the following options:

A. Submit test scores indicating at least Novice High proficiency or its equivalent. Examples of options include: Avant STAMP for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. Exam Score of 3 in 3 skills for French, German, Italian, & Spanish; Score of 3 in 2 skills for Arabic, Chines & Japanese. BYU-Flats for Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Greek, Russian and other languages as noted on the Testing website.   Exam Score = Pass.  WKU awards credit on the basis of scores from the following: College Level Program of the College Board (CLEP exam) exams for French, German, and Spanish.  CLEP score of 50 or above. Find out how to take the STAMP, BYU-FLATS, and CLEP exam on WKU's campus.

B. Provide evidence of the completion of the 8th grade, or equivalent, or higher in which the primary language of instruction was not English.  Complete the second page of this waiver form and submit for review and potential approval.

C. Provide other documentation (tests, diplomas, other official documents) that demonstrates language abilities.  Complete a waiver form and submit for review and potential approval.

I have already taken the AVANT Placement Test.

AVANT Placement Scores

Score

Proficiency

Level

WKU

Equivalent

Placement

Level

2

Novice-Mid

101

102

3

Novice-High

102

201

4

Intermediate-Low

201

202

5

Intermediate-Mid

Intermediate-High

202

300 level

6

Advanced

400 level

See advisor for test-out options &

placement.

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