Foreign Language Placement and Placement Tests

Foreign Language Placement Tests (FLPT) for French, German, and Spanish

Everyone coming in with foreign language experience and planning to take a foreign language class needs to read the following:

  1. If you already have background knowledge, that is, high school courses, of French, German, or Spanish and you wish to take a class higher than the beginning level, you must take the placement test.
  2. If you have had two years or more of one of these languages in high school, you may not take the first semester course in that language. Therefore, you must take the placement test.
  3. If your high school background of one of these languages is from ten (or more) years ago, you may enroll in a beginning or introductory level of that language and do not need the test.
  4. If you don’t have a background in a foreign language, you may register for the first level and do not need the test.
  5. If you are a Native Speaker, and did not graduate from an American high school, you may not take the placement exam for credit.
  6. If you qualified and had a PNC Dual Credit Language Course in high school for French, German, or Spanish, for the 20100-20200 levels, you may not take the placement exam. Credits are processed through the Dual Credit program, which should provide all your qualifying credits and you will be eligible to enroll in higher levels of that language.

Tests may be taken only once per foreign language.No fee is required.  You can qualify to receive credit for up to four levels, or a total of 12 credits; that is, 3 credits each for French German, or Spanish, Levels I, II, III, IV. You will need your PUID, your student login and password information. The tests are electronic and the definitive results are within five minutes.All placement tests will take place in the Modern Languages Lab, TECH 359. Walk-ins are welcome or appointments may be made by phoning extension 5683, or stopping by the lab. If you get a voicemail response, please leave your name, phone number including area code, the date and time you wish to schedule your placement test, and what language test you wish to take, and someone will return your call as soon as possible.

American Sign Language Placement

American Sign Language is not considered a foreign language; however, as a modern language in the Department of English & Modern Languages, American Sign Language does fulfill the foreign language requirement and in most disciplines. If you have a background in American Sign Language and wish to test into a higher level, or you have questions regarding American Sign Language, you should contact:

Prof. Karen Donah
Continuing Lecturer and Coordinator of American Sign Language
Department of English & Modern Languages
Phone: (219) 785-5432
Voice/VP (219) 785-8892
E-mail: kdonah@pnc.edu

Modern Languages Lab Hours:

Generally the ML Lab is closed through June and July, except for specific scheduled testing date or dates TBA. The ML Lab re-opens the first week of classes and is generally open during posted hours for all students in ASL, French, German, and Spanish. Seating is limited.If you have further questions, please contact the Department of English & Modern Languages, TECH 353, Ext. 5202.

All placement tests will take place in the Modern Languages Lab, TECH 353. Appointments are not necessary when the lab is open.  If you would like to make an appointment, contact Ext. 5683 or 5202.

To make an appointment, please leave your name, phone number, and the date and time you wish to take a placement test. You will be contacted ONLY if your request cannot be accommodated.

If you have questions, contact:
Department of English and Modern Languages
Phone: (219) 785-5202