Go Global! - How the Placement Exam can work for YOU!

 1) What is the Placement Exam?

It is a 20-30 minute exam followed by a brief conversation with a professor from your language (French, German, or Spanish). We use the results to make sure you are placed at the correct level.

 2) Why take the exam?

It is a great way to build on the work you have done in high school and, if you decide to take a course, to globalize your degree, whatever that may be. Studying a foreign language gives you access to exciting study abroad programs, makes you more attractive to employers, and is a great complement to ANY degree program. Taking the exam can also help save you a lot of TIME and MONEY (see below for details)!

 3)  Who should take the exam?

Generally we advise anyone who has had 3 or more years of a foreign language in high school, or who has a significant background in French, German or Spanish, to take the exam.

 4)  What if I am not planning on majoring in a foreign language?

You should still take the exam! Only a small percentage of the students who take the exam or enroll in a FL class are majoring in a language. Language courses are requirements for some degrees, and can count towards the Core Curriculum or as electives for any student.

5)  How much does it cost?

Nothing. It’s FREE!

 6)  How do I prepare for it?

NO preparation is necessary. You just need to show up for the exam.

7)  What if I take the exam but do not perform well?

The exam is not for a grade and has no impact on your academic record. It is just a way to see where you should begin in our sequence.

8)  Does taking the exam mean I have to take a foreign language class?

NO! The exam just tells you where you would begin in our sequence.

9)  How do I take the exam?

For Spanish, refer to the locations, dates, and times listed at the bottom of this page.

For French, come to Cobb 107 during business hours (office is closed 12-1), Monday - Friday, to take the paper placement exam.

For German, or if you have any questions, contact foreignlang@westga.edu.

10) After the Placement Exam

Taking the placement exam can save you time and money: Depending on the results, you could place into a second-year or even third-year course. Then, if you earn at least a B in the course you take you can purchase the credits for ALL lower-level courses in the sequence for just $6/credit hour. Some students have been able to get 15 hours of college credit by taking just one course. That is a full semester of college!!!

Here’s a breakdown of how the system works (*student must earn a B in a UWG course to purchase credits- transfer or eCore credits will not allow you to do so):

Credit by Exam Breakdown
Placed into Buy Credits For Cost of Credits Total College Credit Hours Earned
FREN/GRMN/SPAN 1002 1001 $18 6
FREN/GRMN/SPAN 2001 1001,1002 $36 9
FREN/GRMN/SPAN 2002 1001, 1002, 2001 $54 12
Any 3000-level course 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002 $72 15

Credit by Exam Breakdown

  • Placed into: FREN/GRMN/SPAN 1002
    Buy Credits For: 1001
    Cost of Credits: $18
    Total College Credit Hours Earned: 6

  • Placed into: FREN/GRMN/SPAN 2001
    Buy Credits For: 1001,1002
    Cost of Credits: $36
    Total College Credit Hours Earned: 9

  • Placed into: FREN/GRMN/SPAN 2002
    Buy Credits For: 1001, 1002, 2001
    Cost of Credits: $54
    Total College Credit Hours Earned: 12

  • Placed into: Any 3000-level course
    Buy Credits For: 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002
    Cost of Credits: $72
    Total College Credit Hours Earned: 15

11) What is the process for purchasing my credits?

The credit by exam form is available in International Languages and Cultures main office, located in Cobb Hall 107 (on Front Campus Drive).

After you acquire the form, you will need to fill it out with all your relevant information, then get it signed by the instructor of the foreign language course you took, and finally get it signed by the chair of the department.

You will then take this form to Aycock Hall where you will pay for the credits. 

Summer 2019 Placement Exam Dates

Friday, August 9th from 8:00 to 9:30 am in TLC 1116

Wednesday, August 14th from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in Cobb 131

Thursday, August 15th from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm in Cobb 131

Friday, August 16th from 10:30 to 11:30 am in Cobb 131 

Monday, August  19th from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in Cobb 131 

Tuesday, August 20th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm in Cobb 131