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Placement and Credit by Exam


The language requirement at WKU is demonstrated proficiency at the  Novice High level. That means a student can communicate in phrases and one or two simple sentences about the student’s immediate world and everyday life. The student can understand very simply information on similar themes.

82% of the students who choose to test out are successful.  For the 18% of test-takers who are not able to demonstrate Novice High, the test score will provide placement information. OR a student can start a new language – there are spots available to start most languages every semester.

For students who desire to continue in Spanish, we recommend a placement test (like the AVANT or STAMP), and we recommend a willingness to register early, and/or to consider taking the basic courses in winter or summer.

 

 Explore your options for testing out or placing in.

 

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.

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. Select your language to read about placement:

If you wish to register for a course in Arabic, Chinese, or 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 Arabic language placement interviews, please email Dr. David DiMeo at david.dimeo@wku.edu.

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

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

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

If you wish to register for a course in Japanesse or 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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

 

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.

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. Select your language to read about placement:

If you wish to register for a course in Arabic, Chinese, or 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 Arabic language placement interviews, please email Dr. David DiMeo at david.dimeo@wku.edu.

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

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

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

If you wish to register for a course in Japanesse or 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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

With "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

 

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.   

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

  1. 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-Flatsfor 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Provide other documentation (tests, diplomas, other official documents) that demonstrates language abilities.  Complete a waiver form and submit for review and potential approval.

 

The results of this examination will indicate to you the course level for which you are eligible to register. emember that the your score will be valid for 1 year.

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

 

Placement and Credit by Exam Options Quick Links

AP Test

STAMP Test

AAPPL Test

CLEP Test

Departamental Exam 

What our students are saying about the STAMP Test

"Wow! Truthfully, I walked out of that test feeling very uneasy about it. I had no idea I would even pass let alone do so well on the test. I think that some parts of the test were easy, and some seemed very hard for me.

I obviously had never taken the test so I really did not know what to expect before I took it. I did brush up on some Spanish basics before the test. I looked at the grading rubric for each section and focused on studying the parts that I had forgotten or never learned while taking Spanish in high school. I feel like that helped me a lot and would recommend that to anyone who is taking the test in the future.

Although I think learning a second language is important, I did take this test to fulfill my language requirements. I am glad I did it this was because it was MUCH cheaper than taking the full course and I was able to open up another class on my schedule that could fulfill credit for my major. 

If I had any tips for other students who have yet to take advantage of this opportunity, I would tell them it is definitely worth it! It saves time, money, and lets you focus on classes in your major by fulfilling this language requirement faster. I came in very hesitant and expecting that I would need to retake it multiple times to pass but I only had to take it once and passed. Although WKU does not recommend this, I waited almost 5 years after completing a Spanish course to take the STAMP test and I was still able to pass after brushing up on some basics. So I would definitely tell anyone who hasn’t taken the STAMP test that it is an amazing opportunity that WKU offers with so many benefits that everyone should take advantage of."

Emily (Class of 2019)

 


 

 


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