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.