About the Language Placement Test

A language placement test is available on-campus for five of the languages offered at UIS:

Languages: There are five languages offered at UIS.  These languages are Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. The Placement Tests are intended to evaluate students’ language level in order to place them in the appropriate language class.

Prospective students: Incoming students who would like to study a language at UIS must take a placement test.  Students who have received previous college credit or AP credit are also required to take the placement test, should they want to continue in that language at UIS.

Objective: The placement test is designed to better serve your personal academic language goals.  Please keep in mind that this testing is truly a placement device. The score will not become part of your permanent record.

Content: Each language placement test covers a wide variety of material and contains items ranging from the elementary level to the intermediate. The Placement Test covers the four basic language skills: listening comprehension (in some languages), reading, writing and speaking depending on each student’s proficiency.  While a student may take a placement test in more than one of UIS’s languages during a testing period, he/she may not repeat a test in the same language during that testing period.

Time: Students are given an hour to complete each placement test. Summer Language Placement tests are conducted on the first day of each summer orientation session.  Most tests arein an electronic format and will be taken in a computer lab on campus. If you are a current student, please send an email to asanch8@uis.edu with your name, class standing (for example “freshman”), the language you would like to take, and the number of years that you have studied the language. If you have not studied the language, please indicate that in the email.

Score: If your test score places you above the fourth semester level, you will be eligible to take a proficiency test to determine whether your language ability qualifies you to meet the language requirement.  In addition to satisfying the language requirement, a passing score will earn you four credit hours.

Results: We will report your results and your class placement to you via the email address that you provide when logging into the test.  In some cases, students may be asked for additional information to determine the final outcome of placement.

Honor Code: Students are expected to work to their full capability while taking the placement exam.  Finally, remember that by deliberately doing poorly on the test in order to be placed in a course that is below your level of knowledge, you will do a disservice to other UIS students, who, as true beginners, are waiting for a seat in a beginning class.  In addition, your instructor may consider your language level in class when grading your work in class.

Exceptions: Students who have taken two or more years of any foreign language in high School and who will take the exam might be requested to provide additional information to the Program.