The foreign language placement test helps students to register for the appropriate level course for a foreign language.
The unproctored placement test does NOT exempt a student from any language requirements. The College of Arts and Letters, and the James Madison College have language exit requirements that must be fulfilled separately from the placement test. The placement test merely informs students where they should begin their language study at Michigan State University. Placing beyond the intro (101) level does NOT grant credit for any levels that the student places beyond. The placement test does NOT grant any university credits.
Placing out of 200-level language in a proctored environment (at AOP, or in the MSU Testing Office) can satisfy the language requirement for the College of Arts and Letters and the James Madison College, but again, no college credits are earned by taking the test.
A student who took a foreign language prior to entering Michigan State University, and who is continuing study in that language, must take the placement test.
The Department of Art offers two types of undergraduate degrees, the Bachelor of Arts, for which there is a two year language requirement, and the Bachelor of Fine Arts. The Bachelor of Fine Arts does not have a language requirement. The School of Music offers two types of Bachelors degrees, a Bachelor of Music, for which there is no language requirement and a Bachelor of Arts in Music, for which there is a two year language requirement. The Department of Theatre offers the Bachelor of Arts, for which there is a two year language requirement.
The placement test can be taken online at http://flplacement.cal.msu.edu from any location with a high-speed internet connection.
To take the test, your computer must be able to play MP3 audio files. The Quicktime 4 plugin does a good job of handling MP3 files. Check if your computer can play MP3 audio files. If you can hear music, your computer is configured correctly.
To take the test, follow these steps:
If you need to take a proctored test, contact the MSU Testing Office at 517-355-8385 http://www.testingoffice.msu.edu/placement-exams.
The placement test makes an enrollment recommendation for the immediate semester. If there is a time lag between taking the test and enrolling in a course, you should take the test again before enrolling.
The test may be repeated, but there is a mandatory 6-week waiting period between testing sessions (there are no exceptions to this restriction). The mandatory 6-week waiting period applies whether you are taking the proctored or unproctored version. (i.e., if you take the test at home and then wish to take a proctored version, you must wait 6 weeks before the system will allow you to do so).
How much time should I allow to take the test?
There are 39 items on the test. Taking the test should require anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on how fast you work.