Placement

Do you want to continue in a language you have already studied or begin a new one? If you are beginning a language you have not studied before, placement is easy: you should enroll in elementary I, ie., FREN 151, PORT 141, or SPAN 171.

 If you want to build on the language proficiency you have already gained in high school or through other means, we place you in the right course for you based on several factors that have proven to be good predictors of success in our foreign language courses: the number of years you have previously studied the language, your high school GPA and composite ACT score, and your score on the online WebCAPE language placement test. WebCAPE is a computer-adaptive test that takes most students about 20 minutes.  

You will be asked for a password. The password is "password." Don't type the quotation marks. The score report at the end will tell you which course is appropriate for you. Please print out the page with the score. This placement is based on past experience of Ashland University students. Please remember to print out your score report as documentation. 

CRITICAL CULTURAL INQUIRY REQUIREMENT
AU students may fulfill their CCI institutional graduation requirement through the value-added study of a foreign language. Successful completion of the foreign language course into which the student was placed meets the CCI requirement.

PLACEMENT
Students who continue from high school their study of a foreign language at AU undergo placement. Placement is determined by the number of years of high school study and two of the following three factors: GPA, ACT and WebCape score. All students with prior study of French or Spanish in high school should complete the WebCape to ensure proper placement. Below are the criteria for placement into each level of study.

FREN 151 and SPAN 171 – Elementary I
Prerequisite: Placement or no prior study of French or Spanish.
Note: Not open to students who placed into other levels.
Completed 0-2 years of high school FL ACT below 24 GPA below 3.25 WebCape score:
FREN: 0-155
SPAN: 0-174

FREN 152 and SPAN 172 – Elementary II
Prerequisite: Placement, FREN 151 or SPAN 171 or transfer equivalent.
Note: Not open to students who placed into other levels.
Completed 2-3 years of high school FL ACT below 24 GPA below 3.25 WebCape score:
FREN: 156-200
SPAN: 175-234

FREN 251 and SPAN 271 – Intermediate I
Prerequisite: Placement, FREN 152 or SPAN 172 or transfer equivalent.
Note: Not open to students who placed into other levels.
Completed 3-4 years or more of high school FL ACT 24 or higher GPA 3.25 or higher WebCape score:
FREN: 201-280
SPAN: 235-299

FREN 252 and SPAN 272 – Intermediate II
Prerequisite: Placement, FREN 251 or SPAN 271 or transfer equivalent.
Note: Not open to students who placed into other levels.
Completed 3-4 years or more of high school FL ACT 24 or higher GPA 3.25 or higher WebCape score:
FREN: 281-400
SPAN: 300-449

See Department for placement beyond Intermediate II, questions about your placement, placement if three or more years have passed since you studied the language, and permission to study a language course below your level of proficiency.

CLEP CREDIT
Ashland University accepts CLEP credit but does not administer CLEP tests. You may take the test at any CLEP testing center. Go to the CLEP website. Have your scores sent to Ashland University for credit and placement. http://apps.collegeboard.com/cbsearch_clep/searchCLEPTestCenter.jsp

French A CLEP score of 50 earns 6 hours credit for Elementary I and II; begin in Intermediate I. A CLEP score of 62 earns 12 hours of credit and satisfies the prerequisites for 300-level FL courses.
German A CLEP score of 50 earns 6 hours credit for Elementary I and II; begin in Intermediate I. A CLEP score of 63 earns 12 hours of credit.
Spanish A CLEP score of 50 earns 6 hours credit for Elementary I and II; begin in Intermediate I. A CLEP score of 66 earns 12 hours of credit and satisfies the prerequisites for 300-level FL courses.

Note: CLEP credit does not meet the CCI requirement.

AP CREDIT
Ashland University accepts AP credit. An AP score of 3 or higher earns credit for Intermediate I and II and satisfies the prerequisites for 300-level FL courses.
Note: AP credit does not meet the CCI requirement.