Language Placement Exam

The World Languages Department is prepared to evaluate proficiency for French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, and Spanish for placement purposes.

All students who have had two or more years of a modern language in high school and wish to study that language at Stetson must take a placement exam.

If they have taken four years of that language in high school, they will be placed in a 102 level or above, depending on placement test results. Students with fewer than four years of high school modern language will be placed into an appropriate level of that language based on individual case evaluations of their placement scores and years of previous exposure.

For additional details on placement and credit, contact the Chair of the World Languages and Cultures Department in Sampson Hall.

If you have less than two years of prior experience in the language you intend to study at Stetson University, you are not required to take the placement test. If you entered Stetson in fall 2017 or later, you should be able to register for the 101-level through the normal registration process. If you entered Stetson before fall 2017, contact the department’s Administrative Specialist, Ms. Cathy Burke at cburke@stetson.edu. She will arrange for you to register for a 101-level class.

Online placement will only be used for level placement in language courses.

For French, German, Spanish, or Mandarin Chinese:

  • During the academic year, you can also take the exam in the Language Commons (Room 129 Sampson Hall on the DeLand campus). Check opening hours.
  • During the summer, you may take the placement test online. Please follow these instructions to do so:

Note: The test should take no longer than 20-25 minutes. If you exceed the allocated time, your results may be disqualified. You may only take the test once, so make sure you have the time and ability to work uninterrupted.

Placement exam instructions

  • Copy and paste this link: http://bit.ly/32xrhP0
  • Sign in with your Stetson email and create a password.
  • Complete the Pre-Test Survey.
  • Take the exam.

For Russian, you must schedule an interview with the head of Stetson's Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Michael Denner, Ph.D.; please email him at michaeladenner@gmail.com to do so.

The number of questions is not fixed: in order to determine your ability, the exam will ask as many (or few) questions as necessary. As soon as the exam is completed, you will see your results, and they will be immediately transmitted to the Department of World Languages & Cultures for evaluation and processing. Please allow up to three business days for processing. Once processed, your placement will appear at the bottom of your degree audit & you will be able to register for any open class at that level.

Note: Consulting a print or online source (e.g., dictionary) or a speaker of the language for which you are testing, using a smartphone, or otherwise getting assistance while you are taking the test is not allowed. These acts are a violation of Stetson’s Honor Pledge. If you are found to have violated this Honor Code, your score will be disqualified and you will be referred to the Honor Council. Similarly, testing purposefully below your abilities is considered a violation of the Honor Pledge.