Students who intend to enroll for the first time in a college foreign language course, who have previous knowledge of the language, however acquired, and who have no college credit in the language MUST take a placement test to determine the appropriate course for their level of ability. The foreign language placement test also serves as a basis for credit by examination. Second language learners who take the Advanced Placement (AP) test, the College Board Achievement test, the International Baccalaureate test (IB) or the SAT II Subject Test in their foreign language of choice do not have to take the required foreign language placement tests, as the results of these tests may be used for placement, but it is highly recommended. Heritage language learners must always take the placement test, regardless of their scores on high school tests, because these tests sometimes are not a good reflection of the language abilities of those students.
The Spanish Language Placement Test is administered by Hispanic Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. There is a $20.00 fee that is due at the time of registration. For more information, call (979) 458-0672. Click here to register for this test.
All other Language Placement Tests are administered by International Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. There is a $20.00 fee that is due at the time of registration. For more information, call (979) 845-5144 and to register for this test, please select â€śInternational Studiesâ€ť and then the appropriate language at http://marketplace.tamu.edu.
All tests will be administered on the Pre-Conference Day of the New Student Conference along with credit by examination tests. The test will also be offered at various times during the fall and spring semesters. Students who do not take the placement test on the Pre-Conference Day will not be able to register for a foreign language course during their first semester. (Please note: Seats in language courses are limited; taking the Language Placement Exam does not guarantee the ability to register for a language course during your first semester.)