Foreign Language Placement Information

The department uses the Computer Adaptive Placement Exam (CAPE) series from Brigham Young University to place students in Chinese, French, German, and Spanish. The exams test the grammatical knowledge, as well as the reading comprehension of the student. The exam adapts to each individual by providing less difficult questions if the preceding question was missed, or more difficult questions if the previous question was answered correctly. This process continues until the student consistently answers questions correctly at one level, and misses three consecutive questions at the higher level. We have had very good success with this program. Most students are placed at the correct level, commensurate with their proficiency. The exam is administered in the CHASS Foreign Language Computing Lab (LAU 214} and requires approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. The Latin placement test is also administered in the Computing Lab but it is not adaptive in nature. No appointment is needed for these five  language placement exams. Exams for other languages vary in format. The appropriate language coordinator can explain the format and contents of the exam.  Contact information for the language coordinators can be found on the undergraduate menu of the FLL web site.

CHASS Labs Foreign Language Placement Information

Score Interpretation


Chinese (S-Cape)
ScorePlaced
0-230

FLC 101

231-324FLC 102
325-371FLC 201
372-400FLC 202
401+

FLC 301


French (F-CAPE)

 ScorePlaced

0-166FLF 101

167-285FLF 110*

286-345FLF 102

346-424FLF 201

425-547FLF 202

548+FLF 3**


German (G-CAPE)

 ScorePlaced


0-315FLG 101

316-397FLG 102

398-501FLG 201

502-667FLG 202

668+FLG 3**


Spanish (S-CAPE)

ScorePlaced

0-166FLS 101

167-285FLS 110*

286-345FLS 102

346-424FLS 201

425-547FLS 202

548+FLS 3**


Latin
ScorePlaced
0-16LAT 101
17-21LAT 102
22-27LAT 201
28-34LAT 202
35-40FL 298


* FLS 110 / FLF 110 are accelerated courses which fulfill the FL 102 requirement. These courses are for the student who has had at least 1-2 years of previous study and would like a refresher of the FLS 101 / FLF 101 material before completing the FLS 102 / FLF 102 material. They are not for the student who has not previously studied Spanish or FrenchThe time commitment outside of class is significant.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS) and Poole College of Management (PCOM)

University General Education Requirement: Upon admission to NC State, all students who have earned a grade of C (77) or better in each of two years of high-school study of the same language are notified during New Student Orientation and will receive a notation on their Degree Audits stating that they have met the university foreign language proficiency requirement – as “FL* 100 High School *** PF.” This notation does not mean that students may enroll directly into FL 201, which is the minimum college requirement for CHASS and PCOM since high-school proficiency is not equivalent to FL 102 completed at NC State or at another accredited college or university. In order to be sure that students have the prerequisite knowledge for FL 201 or above, students in these colleges are required to take the FL placement test during New Student Orientation if they have not taken the SAT II FL, the AP, or IB test in foreign languages. Note: B.S. in CHASS follows FL 102 Proficiency.

Students who receive a notation of proficient in FL at the high school level, and then place into the FL 101 level on the NC State placement exam, can continue in the same language as the one studied in high school, but will receive no credit towards graduation for FL 101. Credit hours toward graduation will be given for FL101 if: 1) the language was not taken by the student in high school, 2) the student has met high school proficiency in another language, and 3) the language is not the student's native language. The department offers 15 languages from which to choose.

Please note that students may take the placement test in a given foreign language only once. They may not take the test in a given language if they have already taken a course in that language at NC State. If students try to take the exam a second time, or try to take the exam after they have taken an FL course, or misrepresent their placement information in any way, it is a violation of NC State's Code of Student Conduct. If a student feels that s/he has placed too low or too high, please direct this concern to the Associate Department Head, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Native and heritage speakers of languages other than English do not take the NC State Placement Test and do not receive credit for FL 101-202 in their native language. They do, however, fulfill the foreign language proficiency requirement, as well as the foreign language requirement for CHASS and PCOM and can receive certification [no credit awarded] by contacting the Associate Department Head during the fall and spring semesters. The student will then need to consult with his/her advisor to choose a course that replaces the three credits required on the Degree Audit for FL 201.

The Department does not offer Credit by Exam for one-hundred or two-hundred level FL courses.

Students interested in other languages taught by the department (Arabic, Ancient Greek, Farsi, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, or Urdu) should consult the FLL undergraduate web site in order to arrange a meeting with the appropriate language instructor. A non-computerized placement test will be administered. For students beginning a new language, they should register for FL* 101.

Transfer students are required to take the placement exam if they have not fulfilled their language requirement to ensure the appropriate level of study.

Advanced / Retroactive Credit:

  • A score of AP 3 places students into FL 201. All students who place into FL 201 will be awarded three hours of advanced placement credit for FL 102 upon completion of FL 201 with a grade of C- or better on the first attempt. A score AP 4 [IB 6] places students into FL 202. All students who place into FL 202 will be awarded three hours of advanced placement credit for FL 201 upon completion of FL 202 with a grade of C- or better on the first attempt. Registration and Records processes this credit automatically at the end of each semester. Students earning a score of 5 on the Advanced Placement Foreign Language Test [IB 7] can obtain six hours of advanced placement credit for FL 201 and 202 upon completion of a 300-level course with a grade of C- or better on the first attempt. Students otherwise placing into a 300-level course will receive three hours of advanced placement credit for FL 202 upon completion of the 300-level course on the first attempt with a C- or better. [For the 300-level scenarios students need to contact the Associate Department Head after the course is completed; he will process the necessary paperwork and forward it to Records and Registration].  These transactions do not occur automatically.
  • For Placement Waivers – Students need to see the Associate Department Head if they place out of a course – he will process the necessary paperwork and forward it to Registration & Records. This transaction does not occur automatically and there is no credit awarded for a placement waiver.
  • SAT Subject Test cut-off scores: 200-310 --> FL 101;  320-420 --> FL 110;  430-500 --> FL 102 ;  510-600 --> FL 201;  610-700 --> FL 202; 710 or above --> FL 300 level.

Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) | Design (DSN) | Education (EDU) | Engineering (ENG) | Natural Resources (CNR) | Sciences (COS) | Textiles (TEX)

Foreign Language Requirement for Students in CALS, CNR, COS, DSN, EDU, ENG, TEX:

University General Education Requirement: All students are required to demonstrate proficiency at the FL 102 / Elementary II level.

Freshmen may satisfy this requirement before entering NC State in one of the following ways:

  • Score of 510 or above on the College Board Foreign Language Achievement Test (SAT Subject Test)
  • Advanced placement score of 3 or above (College Entrance Examination Board AP Test)
  • A grade of C (77) or better in each of two years of high-school study of the same language.
  • Students are notified during New Student Orientation and will receive a notation on their Degree Audits stating that they have met the university foreign language proficiency requirement – the administrative “equivalent” of FL 102 / FL Elementary II - as “FL* 100 High School *** PF.”

Proficiency at the FL 102 level after entering NC State may be demonstrated as follows:

  • Completion of a FL 102 course with a passing letter grade
  • Transfer credit equivalent to FL 102 from an accredited institution or university-approved study abroad program
  • Placement into FL 201 or higher on the placement tests in the languages offered by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Freshmen are notified during New Student Orientation and will receive a notation on their ADA whether or not they have met the university foreign language proficiency requirement. The student who has not met the university proficiency requirement must take the placement exam. If the student places into FL 101 s/he will not receive credit towards graduation for FL 101. If a student has received the notation of proficient in a foreign language at the high school level and has thus fulfilled the university requirement, but wishes to continue studying the language, s/he still needs to take the placement test to ensure proper placement. Students who receive a notation of proficient in FL at the high school level, and then place into the FL 101 level on the NC State placement exam, can continue in the same language as the one studied in high school, but will receive no credit towards graduation for FL 101. Credit hours toward graduation will be given for FL 101 if: 1) the language was not taken by the student in high school, 2) the student has met high school proficiency in another language, and 3) the language is not the student's native language. The department offers fifteen languages from which to choose.

Please note that students may take the placement test in a given foreign language only once. They may not take the test in a given language if they have already taken a course in that language at NC State. If students try to take the exam a second time, or try to take the exam after they have taken an FL course, or misrepresent their placement information in any way, it is a violation of NC State's Code of Student Conduct. If a student feels that s/he has placed too low or too high, please direct this concern to the Associate Department Head, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Native and heritage speakers of languages other than English do not take the NC State Placement Test and do not receive credit for FL 101-202 in their native language. They do, however, fulfill the foreign language proficiency requirement, as well as the foreign language requirement for CHASS and PCOM and can receive certification [no credit awarded] by contacting the Associate Department Head during the fall and spring semesters. The student will then need to consult with his/her advisor to choose a course that replaces the three credits required on the Degree Audit for FL 201.

The Department does not offer Credit by Exam for one-hundred or two-hundred level FL courses

Students interested in other languages taught by the department (Arabic, Ancient Greek, Farsi, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, or Urdu) should consult the FLL undergraduate web site in order to arrange a meeting with the appropriate language instructor. A non-computerized placement test will be administered. For students beginning a new language, they should register for FL* 101.

Transfer students are required to take the placement exam if they have not fulfilled their foreign-language requirement to ensure the appropriate level of study.

The student who wishes to continue a foreign language begun in high school should take the placement exam.

Students who receive a notation as proficient in FL at the high-school level and who then place at the FL 101 or 102 level on the NC State placement exam can do one of the following:

  • enroll in FL 101 (or 102) of the same language that they took in high school (in preparation for FL 201), thereby receiving no credit toward graduation for FL 101.

or

  • enroll in a different language from the one they took in high school thereby receiving free elective credit toward graduation for both FL 101 - FL 102 of the new language.

Advanced / Retroactive Credit:

  • A score of AP 3 places students into FL 201. All students who place into FL 201 will be awarded three hours of advanced placement credit for FL 102 upon completion of FL 201 with a grade of C- or better on the first attempt. A score AP 4 [IB 6] places students into FL 202. All students who place into FL 202 will be awarded three hours of advanced placement credit for FL 201 upon completion of FL 202 with a grade of C- or better on the first attempt. Registration and Records processes this credit automatically at the end of each semester. Students earning a score of 5 on the Advanced Placement Foreign Language Test [IB 7] can obtain six hours of advanced placement credit for FL 201 and 202 upon completion of a 300-level course with a grade of C- or better on the first attempt. Students otherwise placing into a 300-level course will receive three hours of advanced placement credit for FL 202 upon completion of the 300-level course on the first attempt with a C- or better. [For the 300-level scenarios students need to contact the Associate Department Head after the course is completed; he will process the necessary paperwork and forward it to Records and Registration].  These transactions do not occur automatically.
  • For Placement Waivers – Students need to see the Associate Department Head if they place out of a course – he will process the necessary paperwork and forward it to Records and Registration.  This transaction does not occur automatically and there is no credit awarded for a placement waiver.
  • SAT Subject Test cut-off scores: 200-310 --> FL 101;  320-420 --> FL 110;  430-500 --> FL 102 ;  510-600 --> FL 201;  610-700 --> FL 202; 710 or above --> FL 300 level.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I need to take the foreign language placement test?

If you have taken the SAT - II Subject Test and know your score, no. If you have taken the College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement Foreign Language Test and know your score, no. For students in the colleges of CALS, CNR, COS, DSN, EDU, COE, and TEX– if you have fulfilled the university 102 proficiency requirement (see placement information above) and do not wish to take foreign language courses at NC State, no. If you have fulfilled the requirement, but do wish to continue to study a foreign language, yes. For students in CHASS and Management who have a 201 requirement, even if they have fulfilled the university proficiency requirement, yes.

2. All the sections of the language course I want are full.

During the add/drop period at the beginning of the semester, spaces sometimes open up in classes.
Some courses will have wait lists.

Note: First and second year Spanish courses are often filled to capacity. But if you have fulfilled the university FL 102 proficiency requirement based on your high-school FL courses, you may begin another language for which you will receive free elective credit. The other language classes (Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, German,
Hindi-Urdu, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian) normally have space available.

3. I placed slightly below the next level on the placement test. I've studied the language for at least two years in high-school and think I could do well in the next level. May I register for the course?

Contact the Associate Department Head who will discuss with you your foreign language experience and interest in continuing to study a foreign language.  He will advise you accordingly.

4. I believe I have fulfilled my foreign language proficiency based on my high-school courses, but this is not showing up on my degree audit. What should I do?

For students during New Student Orientation: it will take until the fall semester for your high-school transcript to be fully processed by Records and Registration staff who verify your high-school foreign language grades. Your degree report should show the correct information by the fall advising session. For all other students: check with Records and Registration - the records staff can double check your transcript. The Department does not handle high-school transcripts and the determination of FL 102 proficiency.

After classes begin . . .

5. I placed into a course that is either too difficult or too easy for me. What should I do?

Contact the Associate Department Head. The Department’s goal is to have students in the course that is at the right level for them. There are exceptions and students should see the Associate Head during the first week of the semester; he who will advise them accordingly.