Modern Language Placement

If you plan to continue your modern language studies, you must take the Chinese, French, German, or Spanish placement test. Michigan Tech offers a Minor and an International Minor in Modern Languages as well as Certificates in Modern Language and Area Study in Chinese, French, German, and Spanish.

The Modern Language Placement Test is used as a guide to place you at the appropriate level of study. All students with more than one year of high school language study are required to take the MTU online placement exam (registration information below). Exception: students who have scored a 3 or above on the Princeton AP exam are automatically given a waiver for 3rd year courses.

Placement credits are assigned by language and by course. Students should consult the instructor's syllabus for the list of courses for which they will receive placement credit. Students can receive a maximum of 9 placement credits in any language. Students must receive a B or better in their validation (placement) course in order to receive placement credits.

Course placement is based on your knowledge of grammatical structures and reading level in a second language. In order to accurately determine your placement level, dictionaries or other language aids should not be used.

Starting Fall 2013, students may satisfy the Global Literacy requirement for graduation by successfully completing at least one 3000 level language class in Mandarin Chinese, French, German, or Spanish.

Instructions for Taking the Modern Language Online Placement Test

You may arrange to take the Placement Test by mail or in person, though you are encouraged to take the Modern Language Placement Test online, prior to your arrival on campus. To do so, follow these instructions:

Step 1Pre-register for the test by filling out the Modern Language Placement Test Registration Form.
Step 2Save and email the Registration Form as an attachment to Gina Dunstan at gmdunsta@mtu.edu or print and deliver in person to the Humanities Department (Office 319) in the Walker Building.
Step 3Don't forget to include your email address. Upon receipt of your Registration Form, you will receive an acknowledgment along with a login and password to you via email.
Step 4With your login and password, log onto the Michigan Tech Placement Testing website and follow the directions.

Placement Cutoffs and Validation Course Equivalencies

Chinese
 
HU22010-99
HU2202100-200
HU3201201-300
HU3202301-400
HU3204401-500
  
French
 
22710-130
2272131-210
2273211-330
3271331-420
3272421-500
3274/5501-999
  
German
 
22810-220
3280221-300
3281301-370
3282371-450
3283451-520
3284/5521-999
  
Spanish
 
22910-130
2292131-200
2293201-320
3291321-400
3292401-479
3293480-630
3294/5631-999

French and Spanish Placement Credits

When students complete their validation course (the course they are placed into and/or enroll for upon completion of the WebCape Online Placement Exam), with B or better they may qualify for placement credits as follows:

French
 
HU2273  3 placement credits for HU 2272
HU32713 placement credits for HU 2273
HU32726 placement credits for HU2273 and HU3271
HU3274 or HU 32759 placement credits for HU 2273, HU3271, and HU 3272
  
Spanish
 
HU 22933 placement credits for HU2292
HU 32913 credits for HU 2293
HU 32923 placement credits for HU 2293
HU 32933 placement credits for HU 3292
HU 3294 or 32959 placement credits for HU 2293, HU 3291, and HU 3292 depending on prior completion of courses and prior placement CR awarded

German Placement Credits

When students complete their validation course (the course they are placed into and/or enroll for upon completion of the WebCape Online Placement Exam), with B or better they may qualify for placement credits as follows:

HU32813 placement credits for HU 3280
HU32826 placement credits for HU3280 and HU3281
HU3283
HU3284
HU3285
9 placement credits for HU 3280, HU3281, and HU3282, depending on prior completion of courses and prior placement CR awarded

Chinese Placement Credits

HU2202
HU3201
HU3202
HU3204
3 placement credits for HU2201
6 placement credits for HU2201 and HU2202
6 placement credits for HU2202 and HU3201
9 placement credits for HU2202, HU3201 and HU3202