Language Placement Exam Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to commonly asked questions regarding the language placement exam.

What is the language placement exam?

The language placement exam is an assessment tool used to determine which language course at the University of Dayton best matches your current skill level.  The Department of Global Languages and Cultures is a proficiency based program. When students are in a class with others at the same level, they have the best chance to improve their skills and enhance their learning experience.

Who needs to take the language placement exam?

If you have taken language classes or have experience in a language prior to attending the University of Dayton, you are required to take the language placement exam before taking a language class. The language placement exam results will determine which language course you begin taking at the University.

I have not taken a language class before attending the University of Dayton. Do I need to take the language placement exam?

No. If you have not taken a language class and do not have prior experience in a language, then you do not need to take the language placement exam. Since you are new to the language, you would begin by taking a 101 class.

I have taken a language class in high school. Do I need to take the language placement exam?

Yes. Since you have taken language classes prior to attending the University of Dayton, you are required to complete the language placement exam before taking a language class. The results of your language placement exam will indicate which language course you begin taking at the University.

I took a language class in high school but want to learn a new language. What should I do?

If you are new to a language, you would begin by taking a 101 class.

Let’s say you have taken French in high school but decide you want to take Spanish at the University of Dayton. If you have never taken a Spanish class before and do not have experience in the language, then you would begin by taking a SPN 101 class since you are new to Spanish.

If in the future you decide you want to take a course in French, you are required to take the French placement exam before taking a French class since you have taken French classes prior to attending the University. The French placement exam results will indicate which French course you begin taking.

How do I take the language placement exam?

Incoming first-year students: You have access to the language placement exam through the Office of Admission orientation process and should only access it through their site.
 
Currently enrolled students: Learn more about the language placement exam.
 
If you have questions about the language placement exam, you can contact the Department of Global Languages and Cultures by phone at 937-229-2449 or send an email.

I have taken the language placement exam. What do my results mean?

Once you have completed the language placement exam, your course placement will be highlighted. This is the language course you will begin taking at the University of Dayton.

If your highlighted results are 'Phase II', this is an additional exam you will need to complete to determine your course placement.

Placement exam results are only good for one year. If you do not take the language course indicated by your placement exam results within that time, you will need to retake the language placement exam before taking a language course.

My results say ‘Phase II’. What does this mean?

If your language placement exam results are ‘Phase II’, this requires an additional exam you will need to complete to determine your course placement.  The Phase II language placement exam is reviewed by a language faculty member and must be completed for your course placement to be determined. Taking the Phase II placement exam does not necessarily indicate placement into an advanced level course.

How do I take the Phase II exam?

If your highlighted results are 'Phase II', there will be a link to a short tutorial that will provide you with instructions on how to join the Phase II Language Placement Exam site. Once you are on the site, please read the instructions carefully.
 
The Phase II language placement exam for French and Spanish requires you to record your answers so a microphone is needed. You should take the practice exam to confirm your microphone is working properly.

I am not able to record the answers for the Phase II exam on my computer. How do I take the Phase II exam?

The language placement exams can be taken in the Language Learning Center located in the Jesse Philips Humanities Center Room 305. The LLC is open when classes are in session during the fall and spring terms. The hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and on Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The attendant on duty will be able to assist you. The LLC is not open during the summer or when classes are not in session.

I’ve completed the Phase II exam. How do I get my results?

The Phase II exam is reviewed by a language faculty member to determine your course placement. The process can take up to five business days before your results will be available. Phase II results will be emailed to your University email account.

Do my placement exam results expire?

Yes. Language placement exam results are only good for one year.  If you do not take the language course indicated by your placement exam results within that time, you will need to retake the placement exam before taking a language course.

I don’t remember my placement exam results. How can I find them?

The Department of Global Languages and Cultures will have a record of the date you took the language placement exam and your results. You can contact us by phone at 937-229-2449 or send an email.

I feel my placement results have placed me in a more advance class than I am comfortable taking. What should I do?

The language placement exam is designed to determine which language course at the University of Dayton best matches your current skill level. We recommend you attend the first day of class. If at that time you are concerned about your placement, you should address these issues with the instructor of the class. The instructor will be able to discuss the course content and make a recommendation if a change is needed.

Do I receive credit for the language courses I do not take based on my language placement exam results?

No. The language placement exam results indicate which language course you begin taking at the University of Dayton but no credit is awarded for language classes not taken.

I took Advanced Placement classes in high school and have AP credit. Do I need to take the placement exam?

Yes. While the dean’s office will determine the college credit you receive for your Advanced Placement classes, our department requires students who have taken language classes or have experience in a language prior to attending the University of Dayton to complete the language placement exam before taking a language class. The results of your language placement exam will determine which language class you begin taking at the University.

I still have questions. Who should I contact?

If you still have questions regarding the language placement exam, contact the Department of Global Languages and Cultures by phone at 937-229-2449 or you can send an email.

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