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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the French and German Placement Tests like?

The online tests consist of multiple-choice questions on grammar, vocabulary and reading comprehension. If your score indicates that you belong in one of the first four semesters of a language course at College of Charleston, your exam will end here and a "placement level" (1st semester, 2nd semester, 3rd semester, 4th semester) will be immediately indicated. The information will be available to your advisor, with whom you will meet at orientation. 

What is the Latin Placement Test like?

This exam consists of 40 multiple-choice questions testing your knowledge of Latin word forms and grammatical constructions as well as your ability to translate Latin sentences into English. The online test through OAKS normally takes 30 to 45 minutes to complete. You may not use any supplemental resources to assist you with completing the Latin placement exam.

Please contact Dr. Tim Johnson if you have any additional questions about the Latin placement examination.

How am I placed in Spanish?

The Department of Hispanic Studies places you according to the number of years of high school Spanish that you have taken. You can find more information about placement testing at the Department of Hispanic Studies website.

Please contact the Department of Hispanic Studies at spanish@cofc.edu if you have any additional questions about the Spanish placement program.

How much time do I need for the test?

French and German Online Foreign Language Placement Testing
Set aside 45 minutes so that you can take all parts of this test uninterrupted. But depending on your language level, you may be finished in as few as 20 minutes. Most students complete the multiple-choice test in fewer than 25 minutes. The exam does not have a time limit, so students' exam times vary.

Latin Online Foreign Language Placement Testing
The online test normally takes 30 to 45 minutes to complete. You may not use any supplemental resources to assist you with completing the Latin placement exam.

Is it OK to get "help" during the exam?

No. There is no advantage to receiving help from others (including grammar books, native-speaking friends for help with writing, etc.), and we expect you to receive no such help. If you are placed into a class that is harder than you can handle, you may hurt your GPA and jeopardize scholarships by earning a low grade. 

What are the placement credit policies?

As an incoming freshman, you are required to show proficiency to the 202 level as a graduation requirement. For clarification on foreign language placement policies, please consult the College of Charleston catalog or contact the Office of the Registrar

Can I take more than one placement test?

Yes! We want students to study multiple foreign languages at College of Charleston. Students should complete the placement exam for each language that was studied in high school.

Should I take the exam again to better my score?

No, there is no advantage to this. We process your first score and use it to reliably determine at what level you belong. Just do your best during your test session and you'll be placed into the right class.

If I have a disability and cannot access the test, what should I do?

If you have a disability, please contact the Center for Disability Services at 843.953.1431.