Chinese Placement Test (October 16, 2017)

From Marianne Gupta, Senior Academic Advisor, School of Languages and Cultures:

This is to let you know that the next placement test in CHINESE will be

  • Monday, October 16
  • 7-9pm
  • SC G030

What to bring:

  • Permission Form (from their advisor, signed by their advisor)
  • Photo ID card

There is NO FEE at this time. Yay!

You will get your results immediately after the placement test.  You’ll receive a (usually yellow) card on which exam results and the suggested next course(s) will be written. You should return this card to your advisor for safekeeping.

Heritage speakers (those who learned Chinese at home, from parents, not in a structured classroom environment) should take this placement test.

Native speakers (those who lived in a Mandarin – speaking environment at least to the age of 14 – or beyond) may NOT take the placement test. The language of instruction in their high school does not matter.

Final Grades Post Tomorrow (May 10)

Spring Grades will be posted Wednesday, May 10 after midnight on myPurdue > Academic Tab > Grades (Final Grades or Grade Detail).   Watch your Purdue e-mail for information concerning unmet pre-requisites, honor roll congrats, or academic probation.

Here are some things to keep in mind as you view your grades:

  • If you feel that the grade you earned was mis-calculated and you have sufficient proof (i.e. Blackboard, your personal records, returned tests or scantrons, etc.), please contact your professor immediately.  Their contact information should be on the syllabus.  Be polite, patient, and persistent!
  • Unless you gave your parents’ permission to view myPurdue, they will not receive notification of your grades.  It is your responsibility to talk them about it.  Your advisor cannot answer their questions concerning your grades, as it is a FERPA violation (the national law that protects your educational records).

After grades are posted, MyPurdue is likely to be relatively slow as students change their schedules in response to final grades.  Here are some tips for changing courses:

  • MyPurdue is currently open to all students for schedule modifications through June 9th at noon.  Then MyPurdue will close until July 24th at 9:00 a.m.  So, if you need to make schedule changes, make them soon!
  • If you have lost your PIN, recover it at myPurdue > Academic Tab > Registration PIN.
  • Contact your academic advisor if you have questions about what to retake.

Have or Need Financial Aid? FAFSA Deadline coming up April 15!

Purdue’s Division of Financial Aid reminds you:

The FAFSA must be filed annually to be considered for aid each academic year with a April 15th priority filing deadline (this is an extension of the original March 1st deadline). To apply for federal, state, and Purdue University student aid programs, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Purdue University – West Lafayette Federal School Code for the FAFSA is 001825.

The DFA website just keeps getting better and better every time we look at it!  Not only does it have practical Tips for Filing your FASFA, but also an Aid Estimator, a Student Employment database, a great listing of Scholarships,  and information about how your financial aid might be affected if you add or drop a class.

Summer 2017 financial aid is applied for separately.  Look for the summer aid form under the Financial tab of MyPurdue.  For more information about the workings of summer financial aid, check out the Division of Financial Aid’s Details page.

Practice Your Interview Skills with Live Feedback (sign-up due April 1)

Undergraduate students – from any major – are needed to participate in mock interviews as part of The Interviewing Practicum.  The Interviewing Practicum is an experiential course for Krannert graduate students in Human Resources Management.  You can help these graduate students learning interviewer skills by being their interviewee!   It’s a great way to practice your interviewing skills and get on-the-spot feedback from people training in the HR field. 

Interested?  Sign up for your mock interview by April 1 by sending an email with name and contact info to Pris Gerde (   Interviews will be held sometime between April 5th and April 20the at a time and location convenient for both interviewer and interviewee. 


Finding Private Scholarships

The Division of Financial Aid (DFA) strongly recommends that students visit to set up a personal private scholarship search account.  Fastweb is a nationally known scholarship company that does not charge students to provide a scholarship match service.  By entering your personal profile, Fastweb will do a search to see if you match the eligibility requirements for over 600,000 private scholarships listed in their database. 

In fact, to help make more scholarships available to Purdue students, the DFA sends all private scholarship eligibility criteria that they receive from outside agencies directly to Fastweb. 

Here’s how the process works (it can be completed in 15 minutes or less):

  • Go to and set up your account and personal data profile.  Be sure to list Purdue University as your current school in order to be eligible for Purdue-only private scholarships.
  • As scholarships come in that match your profile, you’ll be alerted via e-mail with contact information for that scholarship. 
  • You must then follow up with the scholarship agency via paper application or email as instructed.

Foreign Language Placement Testing (for Spring 2017)

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: .