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Requirements for Taking the Foreign Language Placement Exam

Who Must Take the Exam

  • Students who took two or more years of a foreign language in high school or junior high school within the past five years and
  • Wish to continue in that language at Purdue.

Who May Not Take the Exam

  • Students with college credit in the language (Purdue or transfer). Review the transfer students with foreign language credit page for details.
  • Native speakers: Those who have graduated from a secondary school where the main language of instruction was in their native language.
      • Native speakers are not to enroll in any language skills course (101-402, 424) in their language.
      • They may be placed into CONTENT courses (literature, civilization, or culture) in their language (241 and above) by either the language chair or the FLL advisor.
      • To fulfill the CLA other language core requirement, native speakers may take either 1) a course in English or American literature or 2) a literature, civilization, or culture course in their native language.
  • Near-native speakers should be referred to the language chair for proper placement. 
  • Please refer to the Chinese placement policies for details about native speakers of Chinese.

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