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2020 – 2021 Foreign Language Placement Process

NOTE: ALL STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE STEP 1. STEPS 2 AND 3 MAY OR MAY NOT BE APPLICABLE BASED ON THE STUDENT’S BACKGROUND AND LANGUAGE PLACEMENT REQUESTS.

 

Step 1: Fill out the online language placement form

  • This is a simple online questionnaire where you can select which language(s) you are requesting placement for and where you can provide information about your background in the language, if applicable.
  • If you have never studied the language in which you are requesting placement, you will be issued beginning level placement.
  • If you do have background in the requested language, you will either be placed based on the background information you provide, or you may be asked to take the Avant placement test to determine your placement (applicable to Spanish and Chinese only).
  • If you have qualifying scores on one of the qualifying tests (AP/IB/SAT II), you will be exempt from the foreign language proficiency exam. Please review the foreign language requirement for qualifying scores.
  • International students who are native speakers of a language other than English and whose primary and secondary education was in a language other than English qualify for an exemption to the foreign language requirement. Those students are automatically identified by Admissions and do not need to fill out the online placement form to request an exemption.

 

Step 2: Avant Placement Test (if applicable)

  • If you request placement in Chinese or Spanish and have previously studied the language, you will be emailed information on taking the Avant placement test.
  • The Avant placement test is a brief (20-40 minute) test which you can take online at any time. The test covers reading and writing. There is no listening or speaking portion of the assessment.
  • You will be issued a placement based on your Avant score.
  • The Avant placement test is $15 and will be charged to your student account.



Step 3: Proficiency Test (if applicable)

  • If your placement (via the online form and/or the Avant placement test) indicates that you may have language ability above the 2030 level, you will receive an email with information about sitting for a departmentally administered proficiency test, which is used to determine if you qualify for a foreign language requirement exemption.
  • If you choose to take the proficiency test and you achieve a passing score, you will have satisfied the 2018-on Newcomb-Tulane College Core Curriculum foreign language requirement. Passing the proficiency exam earns a student four hours of credit by exam for the corresponding 2030 course of the language in which they tested. Credit by exam hours count towards the completion of a student's degree, however, they do not affect a student's GPA as there is no grade attached to the credit hours. 
  • If you choose to take the proficiency test and do not achieve a passing score, you will be assigned placement in 2030 and will need to achieve a passing grade in that course in order to satisfy the foreign language requirement.
  • If you do not choose to take the proficiency test, you will be assigned placement at the level previously indicated. Please note: your original placement may be above the 2030 level, in which case you would need to complete the assigned level course in order to satisfy the foreign language requirement. 
  • The proficiency tests differ by department but typically include reading, writing, and listening and possibly speaking sections. Some are paper testing and some are computer testing.
  • If you choose to sign up for the proficiency test, you will be notified via your Tulane email about the date, time, and location of the exam with any and all necessary information about the test.  If you require testing accommodations, please contact the Language Learning Center. 
  • The proficiency test is $35 and will be charged to your student account should you choose to register for the test.

 

NOTE: ALL STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE STEP 1. STEPS 2 AND 3 MAY OR MAY NOT BE APPLICABLE BASED ON THE STUDENT’S BACKGROUND AND LANGUAGE PLACEMENT REQUESTS.