If you want to take a foreign language class at Purdue, and have already studied the language for two or more years in high school (but not in college), you must take the placement test before you can register for the class.
Foreign language placement tests (for French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish) will be offered on April 5th, 6th, & 7th at 6:00 pm in Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 231. This is in a computer lab. The test generally takes under 30 minutes and your placement results are given to you before you leave. The test covers vocabulary knowledge, sentence structure, and includes both listening and writing exercises.
To take the foreign language placement test, you will need a signed copy of the exam authorization form to be permitted to take the placement test, plus TWO forms of picture identification (your Purdue ID card AND a drivers’ license or passport will work). Pre-registration for this exam is NOT required – just show up about 10 – 15 minutes before 6:00 pm on either April 5th, 6th, or 7th.
Please e-mail your advisor in advance to let them know that you’d like an exam authorization form. Then he or she can leave the form out with the EXPL secretary on the 8th floor of Young Hall for you to pick up during business hours (M-F 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm).
The way placement and credit attainment works in foreign language has changed. All students are required to take and pass (with a C- or better) the foreign language class they are placed into before earning any lower-level language credits. For example, if a student is placed into SPAN 201, they would need to take SPAN 201 and pass with a C- or better before credit for SPAN 101, 102, and 201 appears on their transcript.
Other placement tests, such as ASL and Chinese, are given at special days and times. Check here for more information about the placement tests: https://www.cla.purdue.edu/academic/slc/placement/index.html .