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Why is there a placement test?

High school programs differ a great deal; your grades or the number of years you have studied may not be a good guide to the course that will be best for you. The placement test helps determine the UVM language course level appropriate to your abilities.

Incoming Students

If you plan on enrolling in French, German, or Spanish at any level, you must take the placement test within three months of enrolling in a class. If you do not meet this prerequisite, you will be disenrolled from the course automatically.

You must take the test even if you've never formally studied the language.

When you come to Orientation you can discuss your score with an advisor from one of the language departments, and that score in conjunction with your grades and the number of years of study will help determine your placement.

If you have studied a language in high school and have plans to continue, our advice is not to put it off. Foreign language knowledge, like musical or sports training, needs to be maintained.

Placement Test Instructions and Link

Please read all of the instructions below prior to accessing the placement test.

Important:

  • Allow 15-30 minutes to complete the test.
  • The test site requires creating a separate account, you must remember this account information so that you can access your score in the future, take additional tests, or continue an incomplete test.
  • Please use a different password for this account from your UVM or other personal accounts.
  • You must use a computer (not an iPhone or iPad) and either the Google Chrome or the Mozilla Firefox web browsers. At this time the test does not support Apple's Safari web browser.
  • The test requests a "Student ID" as part of the account registration.  Enter your UVM netID in this location. Please do not use any other identification number (e.g. your "95 number").

After clicking "Access the Foreign Language Placement Test" below:

If you are continuing an earlier exam, or want to access your exam report click “I already have an account,” and login with the account and password you created previously.

Otherwise;

  1. Enter First name, Last name, Email, Student ID (UVM netID!), and a password (different from your UVM email password).
  2. Click the checkbox next to "I agree to the Privacy Policy"
  3. Click "Create Account."
  4. On the "Account Created Successfully" screen, click "Sign In."
  5. Log in again using the account and password you just created.
  6. Click "Take Test" under the desired language test and follow the on screen instructions.
  7. Complete the pre-test survey, then click "Begin Test."
  8. When completed, click "See Score Report" to view your test score. Print this page for your records and bring the information with you to your June orientation or advising appointment.
  9. Click the "Exit to Dashboard"to leave the test.

Access the Foreign Language Placement Test (via webcape.trunorthtest.com)

Placement Test Scores and Levels

French Score Ranges and Course Levels

Score Recommended Level
Below 226 FREN 001
226-300 FREN 002
301-370 FREN 051
371-440 FREN 052
Above 440 FREN 100 level*

​* We recommend that students scoring above 440 and considering a major/minor in French enroll in FREN 101. Another option is FREN 107. Students with superior preparation may qualify for higher-numbered courses with permission of instructor.

German Score Ranges and Course Levels

Score Recommended Level
Below 416 GERM 001*
417-548 GERM 051
Above 548 GERM 052** or higher

* GERM 001 is only offered in the fall. If you'd like to start taking GERM in the spring semester, please consult with the German & Russian Department.
** GERM 052 is only offered in the spring semester.

Spanish Score Ranges and Course Levels

Score Recommended Level
Below 226 SPAN 001
226-300 SPAN 002
301-370 SPAN 051
371-440 SPAN 052/095
Above 440 SPAN 100 level*

* We recommend that students scoring above 440 and considering a major/minor in Spanish enroll in SPAN 101. Other options are SPAN 109 or SPAN 111. Students with superior preparation may qualify for higher-numbered courses with permission of instructor.

Placement Test FAQs

Why have I been disenrolled from my class?

  • You enrolled in a course below the level into which you tested. You can register for a course at the correct level, or contact us and we can help.
  • You did not fully complete and/or submit your placement test, or you did not take the appropriate test. You can log in to the exam again, and continue where you left off. (This process also works if the exam is interrupted, as long as at least one question was answered). Then finish the exam and/or submit it, and register for a course at the correct level.
  • You did not enter your netID in the "Student ID" field OR the name you entered does not match how you are listed in the registration system. If you took the appropriate test and submitted it, but can’t access your results to verify your placement because of a discrepancy, contact us and we can help.
  • You have not taken the necessary prerequisite course(s). Check your Degree Audit report in myUVM or speak with your advisor if you have questions about prerequisite courses.

What if I need to retake a test?

If you need to retake a test, please contact us.  We will send an email invitiation that will allow you to retake the test.

What if I don’t believe the test score placed me at the right level?

If you don’t think that the placement test accurately reflects your language ability, please contact us and we can help.

What if I want to enroll in a different level course than where I was placed?

Depending on your test score, this may not be possible. We recommend that you speak with an instructor to determine the best option for you. Contact us and we can help.

Questions or Issues

If you have questions regarding the Language Placement test, or issues around accessing or completing the test, please contact College of Arts and Sciences Student Services (cas@uvm.edu or (802) 656-3344).