Humanities

Modern Language Placement

If you plan to continue your modern language studies, you must take the French, German, or Spanish placement test. Michigan Tech offers a Minor and an International Minor in 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 Michigan Tech online placement exam (registration information below). Exception: students who have scored a 3 or above on the 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.

If you feel that your test results are incorrect or do not represent your level of language abilities, please feel free to contact our office (amadorcm@mtu.edu) for assistance by a Modern Language Program Advisor.

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.

Students may satisfy the Global Literacy requirement for graduation by successfully completing at least one 3000 level language class in 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:

  1. Pre-register for the test by filling out the Modern Language Placement Test Registration Form, or go to the Humanities Department (Office 319) in the Walker Building in person to request an access code to the test website.
  2. Submit the online registration form to the list of recipients indicated.
  3. Don't forget to include your email address. Upon submission of your Registration Form, you will receive an acknowledgment along with a login and password to you via email.
  4. With your login and password, log onto the Michigan Tech Placement Testing website and follow the directions.

Placement Cutoffs and Validation Course Equivalencies

French

  • HU 2271: 0-130
  • HU 2272: 131-210
  • HU 2273: 211-330
  • HU 3271: 331-420
  • HU 3272: 421-500
  • HU 3274 and 3275: 501-999

German

  • HU 2281: 0-149
  • HU 2282: 150-240
  • HU 3281: 241-330
  • HU 3282: 331-420
  • HU 3283: 421-520
  • HU 3284 and 3285: 521-999

Spanish

  • HU 2291: 0-130
  • HU 2292: 131-200
  • HU 2293: 201-320
  • HU 3291: 321-400
  • HU 3292: 401-479
  • HU 3293: 480-630
  • HU 3294 and 3295: 631-999

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

  • HU 2273: 3 cr for HU 2272
  • HU 3271: 3 cr for HU 2273
  • HU 3272: 6 cr for HU 2273 and HU 3271
  • HU3273: 9 cr for HU2273, HU3271, and HU3272
  • HU 3274 or HU 3275: 9 cr for HU 2273, HU 3271, and HU 3272

Spanish

  • HU 2293: 3 cr for HU 2291
  • HU 3291: 3 cr for HU 2293
  • HU 3292: 6 cr for HU 2293 and HU 3291
  • HU 3293: 9 cr for HU 2293, HU 3291, and HU 3292
  • HU 3294 or 3295: 9 cr for HU 2293, HU 3291, and HU 3292 depending on prior completion of courses and prior placement CR awarded

German Placement Credits

After achieving a B or better in the validation course, the following placement credits would apply:

  • HU 3281: 3 cr for HU 2282
  • HU 3282: 6 cr for HU 2282 and HU 3281
  • HU 3283: 9 cr for HU 2282, HU 3281, HU 3282
  • HU 3284 and HU 3285: 9 cr for HU 2282, HU 3181, HU 3282, depending on prior completion of courses and prior placement CR awarded.