CAS Language Requirement & Placement Test
All CAS students are required to complete a modern language through the 102 level. In order to determine placement, most students take a test.
Placement tests are offered in French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
Students MUST take a placement exam if they have prior experience in high school with the language they plan to study at QU.
If a student does not take the placement test and registers for a 101 course in a language previously studied in high school, the student can be de-registered from the course.
If students have NO prior experience with a language they plan to study at QU, they can simply register for a section of 101.
For more information on accessing or interpreting the placement exam, click the view the resource button below.
About Language Placement Tests
- Placement tests are offered in French, German, Italian, and Spanish. (For languages not listed, please email the department chair to schedule oral interviews: Aileen.Dever@quinnipiac.edu).
- The language placement test is available throughout the year.
- Students MUST take a placement exam if they have prior experience in high school with the language they plan to study at QU.
- If a student does not take the placement test and registers for a 101 course in a language previously studied in high school, the student can be de-registered from the course.
- Students with no prior experience with a language can simply register for a section of 101.
- Students who are native speakers of another language should contact the chair of the Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Department (Aileen.Dever@quinnipiac.edu) for evaluation to have the CAS language competency potentially waived.
- Students with a documented disability that may impede successful learning of a modern language should speak to the department chair (Aileen.Dever@quinnipiac.edu) for a possible exemption.
How to interpret the Language Placement Test Results
Language placement results will be available on Self Service approximately two business days after students have taken the placement test:
- Click on the “Test Scores” Tab
- Scroll down to “Placement Tests”
Instead of a numerical score, students will see a course number such as:
- FR 101, FR 102, FR 201, FR 202, FR 301
- GR 101, GR 102, GR 201, GR 202, GR 301
- IT 101, IT 102, IT 201, IT 202 or IT 301
- SP 101, SP 102, SP 201, SP 202 or SP 301
The course number indicates the level at which students have placed based on their numerical score. Therefore, this is the course for which students should register.
If students need test results more quickly, contact Prof. Aileen Dever (Aileen.Dever@quinnipiac.edu).
Placement into 201 or higher
Students who place into 201 or higher have fulfilled the CAS language requirement. Any student who passes out of the language requirement will need to request that another 3-credit class be moved to the Modern Language section of the degree evaluation. The course cannot be in the student’s major.Passing out of the language requirement is an accomplishment and students who succeed in this regard are encouraged to consider further coursework in that language or to begin a different language to add to their skill sets.
How to Access Language Placement Tests
- Students should see the language placement test in their list of courses in Blackboard.
- When students click on the course, students will see the questionnaire and information. After they click Placement Exam in the left menu, they will see all the placement tests offered in the different languages.
- Only if students do not see the placement test in their course list should they submit a Technology Help Request (see below).
How to Submit a Technology Help Request
(ONLY IF students can not see the placement test in Blackboard)
- Click on the link for “Technology Help Request” on the bottom left-hand side of the MyQ homepage (http://techhelp.quinnipiac.edu/TrackItWeb/SelfService/Application/Main)
- Click “Add a New Work Order.”
- Complete the electronic form, specifying which placement test you wish to complete. (The example below uses Spanish.) You may also use this form to report being locked out of a test.
Summary: Spanish Placement Access
Call Back Number: type in your contact number
From the pull-down menus, select the following (see screenshot, below):
Priority: Access request or new need
Type: Placement Test
Subtype: Language Test Access (Access to the Math placement test can also be found here. Choose “Language Test Locked” to report being locked out of the test.)
Fill in the Note box: “I request access to the Spanish Placement Test.”
- Click “Submit Work Order.”
- An email confirmation of your request will arrive in your inbox within a minute or so. Notification that you have been given access will arrive within 24 hours.