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World Languages Placement

 

WHAT LANGUAGES ARE OFFERED?

Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish

WHAT PLACEMENT AND WAIVER TESTS ARE AVAILABLE?

The online placement test is offered in French, German, Italian, and Spanish and simply places a student to the appropriate level of language.

The STAMP Test or the ACTFL Oral and Written Test may be taken to waive the language requirement.  The STAMP Test is offered in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Russian, and Spanish.  Native speakers and heritage learners of languages not offered by the STAMP Test may utilize the ACTFL Oral and Written Test.  Both of these tests are proctored by the World Language Department.  The STAMP Test can be purchased in the SCSU Bookstore and the ACTFL Test can be purchased online.

Students may also earn world language credits by taking a CLEP Exam at local test centers.

WHAT IS THE WORLD LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT?

Beginning in Fall 2011, Southern students will be required to reach an Intermediate Low Proficiency level in a foreign language by completing the third level of a foreign language or demonstrate knowledge via a STAMP test (Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency) or an equivalent.

Students admitted prior to Fall 2011 are required to take at least three credits in a foreign language as part of the general education requirements to prove a defined written and oral proficiency in a world language, a level II proficiency for students in a bachelor of science program and a level-IV proficiency for students in a bachelor of arts program.  Students can prove their proficiency by taking the world language placement and taking the appropriate courses or by taking the waiver exam. 

Beginning Fall 2017 world language requirement policies for transfer students were established.

Transfer students with:

  • 60 or more transfer credits or an associate's degree at the time of transfer are waived from the Multilingual Communication requirement.
  • 30-59 transfer credits at the time of transfer and with completion of Level 3 high school or Level 2 college world language are waived from the Multilingual Communication.

DO I NEED TO TAKE THE PLACEMENT/WAIVER TEST?

Students who have studied two years or more of a foreign language in high school must take the online placement unless already proficient in a foreign language.  Students who are already proficient in a foreign language, are native speakers or heritage learners are encouraged to waive the Multilingual Communication requirement by taking a waiver test (STAMP Test, ACTFL Test, CLEP Exam).

Students with a certified language learning disability are provided substitution courses through the Disability Resource Center which may be contacted by calling 203.392.6829.

HOW DO I TAKE THE online PLACEMENT TEST?

You will have 90-minutes to complete the placement with only one opportunity to take it. You may not stop and come back to it; you must complete it in one sitting. All devices (computers, smartphones, and handhelds) and browsers (Firefox, Safari, Chrome, etc) are compatible with the placement. However, while you can use smartphones and handhelds, it is highly recommended that you use a computer.  Also, some browsers will offer you the option to translate the language, selecting that option will undermine the validity of your results and may place you unfavorably.

When you’re ready to take the placement make sure you have your Southern email address (i.e. acad1@owls.southernct.edu) and student ID number (8 digit number that begins with a 7) in front of you before beginning it. Simply click on the language you wish to take and begin.

Below are world language placement options that begin as soon as you click on the link, so please do not click a link until you are ready to begin. 

WARNING:  SELECTING TRANSLATION OPTIONS WILL IMPAIR THE VALIDITY OF YOUR RESULTS

  

If you have further questions regarding the World Language requirement or placement you may contact the Chairperson, Dr. Resha Cardone at cardoner1@southernct.edu.