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Who needs to take it?

Students who are interested in taking Spanish or French or German AND have studied/or are proficient in Spanish, French or German. At this time, Japanese courses do not require a placement test.

When should I take the test?
Sometime before you sign up for your first language class at SOU.

Can I buy back credit for language courses below my placement?

If you earn a B or better in the course you placed into, you can apply to buy credit ($100 per course) from the language department within one term of finishing the language course. For example, if you place into and pass Spanish 202 with a B or better and go to the language department within a term, you can pay to have Spanish 101, 102, 103, 201 transcripted for a total of $400 for 16 credits.

When and where is testing offered?
Online Foreign Language Placement Testing is available. Log on to:

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Placement scores are good for one year. If you feel you did not place into the level you thought you should you can go to the Foreign Language Department in Central Hall and ask for an oral assessment.

NOTE: This is a free service to all SOU students

If you experience difficulty, please contact Barbara Rains at 541-552-6738.

Computers are available in the Foreign Language Lab in Central Hall, Room 270 for students to take the placement exam. Hours for Language Lab are 9:30-4:30p.m. Monday through Thursday.