Students who have had two or more years of a foreign language in high school must take Purdue's placement exam before they can enroll in a class in that language at Purdue. There is no charge for taking an exam. If students have taken the foreign language Advance Placement (AP) exam, their score will indicate placement into the proper Purdue language course and they don't need to take Purdue's placement exam. The Office of Admissions website has information about how AP exam scores translate into Purdue courses and credit.
NOTE: Native speakers are not eligible to be tested in their native language. Also, students who have college credit in a foreign language on their transcript may not take the placement exam in that language.
Click on any of the links below for more information about the following placement exams:
*For more information about these placement exams, visit the Language Placement Testing webpage and/or contact the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures at (765) 494-3828.
Placement exams in French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish, and Spanish for Heritage Speakerswill be given at 6:00 p.m. in Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 231 on the following dates:
January 7 & 8, 2013
April 10, 11 & 12, 2013
IMPORTANT!! Required for these exams: Two forms of identification (your Purdue ID and a current passport or U.S. state driver's license) and a signed Form 231. Contact your USP Academic Advisor for a signed, completed Form 231.
The Chinese Placement Exam will be offered on March 18, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in Stanley Coulter Hall, room G-030. A signed Form 231 from your advisor is required.
Heritage Speakers are students who have acquired some oral language skills from home or other sources, but have graduated from a secondary school where the main language of instruction was English.
Arabic - contact the Arabic Language Coordinator, Prof. A. Idrissi Alami (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Greek (Ancient), Hebrew (Biblical and Modern), Italian & Portuguese - placement exams in these languages are available during Fall and Spring semesters. Contact the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures at (765) 494-3828 for more information or to arrange an exam.
The ASL Challenge Test for placement (and NOT credit) in Purdue American Sign Language classes is generally given at least once each Fall & Spring semester. Contact Raymond Olson, Challenge Test Coordinator (email@example.com) for more information.
Other Languages NOT Taught at Purdue
Students who are proficient in languages that are not taught at Purdue may be able to receive Purdue credit and/or have certain degree requirements met depending on the college/school they CODO into when they leave USP. As an example, the College of Science gives students the opportunity to fulfill all or part of its "Language and Culture" requirement by taking a test in Hindi. For more information, contact an academic advisor in a specific Purdue college/school.