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WLC | Language Placement and Transfer Credit

Students Seeking Placement

To enroll in any course above Elementary I, students with previous background or knowledge of a foreign language must first take the appropriate placement exam and report the results to their academic advisor for review.

Placement exam results are valid for one semester. Students may not take the exam more than once within a 4 month period. The Department of World Languages and Cultures reserves the right to make final decisions about placement.

Transfer of Foreign Language Courses

Foreign language courses from previous institutions will be entered on a student's record with the articulation ELEC, which represents elective credit.  If a transfer student wishes to apply the course towards a degree language requirement, or wishes to receive AU equivalent or subject elective credit, the student must take the appropriate placement exam and send the results to the WLC Program Advisor, Courtney Pollack, at pollack@american.edu for review. If a student does not demonstrate minimum proficiency for the subject articulations by passing the language placement exam, the courses that are not validated will remain ELEC.  If the student wishes to continue with foreign language study at AU, the student will be required to repeat courses for which proficiency has not been met.

Arabic Examination

Online in Blackboard, please email clear@american.edu in order to register, with subject line: ARABIC PLACEMENT and include your name and AU ID.

Chinese Examination

It must be taken on site in CLEAR (language center) due to writing component. Please email clear@american.edu to register, with the subject line: CHINESE PLACEMENT and include your name and AU ID.

French Examination

The online generated Language Placement Test for French takes approximately 30 minutes, but has no time limitations. The test may be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection. Please remember that the goal of the CAPE is placing you in an appropriate language level and, therefore, multiple attempts to achieve an inflated score will not be taken into account. The WLC department will only honor ONE attempt (your first) at the test within each semester.

When taking the test

  • You will need your AU ID number and the password, eagles1
  • Please print a copy of your results when finished

To begin, simply follow the steps below at
http://webcape.byuhtrsc.org/?acct=american:

  1. Enter the password, eagles1
  2. On the subsequent page, select the desired language from the dropdown menu
  3. Once a language is chosen, fill out the necessary information and begin the test

If you have questions, need assistance, or require special accommodations, please contact CLEAR at 202-885-2396. Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodations.

German Examination

The online generated Language Placement Test for German takes approximately 30 minutes, but has no time limitations. The test may be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection. Please remember that the goal of the CAPE is placing you in an appropriate language level and, therefore, multiple attempts to achieve an inflated score will not be taken into account. The WLC department will only honor ONE attempt (your first) at the test within each semester.

When taking the test

  • You will need your AU ID number and the password, eagles1
  • Please print a copy of your results when finished

To begin, simply follow the steps below at
http://webcape.byuhtrsc.org/?acct=american:

  1. Enter the password, eagles1
  2. On the subsequent page, select the desired language from the dropdown menu
  3. Once a language is chosen, fill out the necessary information and begin the test

If you have questions, need assistance, or require special accommodations, please contact CLEAR at 202-885-2396. Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodations.

Hebrew Examination

Online in Blackboard, please email clear@american.edu in order to register, with subject line: HEBREW PLACEMENT and include your name and AU ID.

Italian Examination

Online in Blackboard, please email clear@american.edu in order to register, with subject line: ITALIAN PLACEMENT and include your name and AU ID.

Japanese Examination

Paper test, must be taken on site in CLEAR (language center). Contact clear@american.edu to arrange for a seating.

Korean Examination

Please contact instructor, Professor Hye Young Shin, at hshin@american.edu.

Portuguese Examination

Please contact instructor, Professor Renato Alvim, at alvim@american.edu.

Russian Examination

The online generated Language Placement Test for Russian takes approximately 30 minutes, but has no time limitations. The test may be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection. Please remember that the goal of the CAPE is placing you in an appropriate language level and, therefore, multiple attempts to achieve an inflated score will not be taken into account. The WLC department will only honor ONE attempt (your first) at the test within each semester.

When taking the test

  • You will need your AU ID number and the password, eagles1
  • Please print a copy of your results when finished

To begin, simply follow the steps below at
http://webcape.byuhtrsc.org/?acct=american:

  1. Enter the password, eagles1
  2. On the subsequent page, select the desired language from the dropdown menu
  3. Once a language is chosen, fill out the necessary information and begin the test

If you have questions, need assistance, or require special accommodations, please contact CLEAR at 202-885-2396. Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodations.

Spanish Examination

FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS ONLY:

Online in blackboard, please email clear@american.edu in order to request access. With the subject line: SPANISH TRANSFER PLACEMENT and include your name and AU ID number.

FOR INCOMING FRESHMAN AND CURRENT AU STUDENTS:

The online generated Language Placement Test for Spanish takes approximately 30 minutes, but has no time limitations. The test may be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection. Please remember that the goal of the CAPE is placing you in an appropriate language level and, therefore, multiple attempts to achieve an inflated score will not be taken into account. The WLC department will only honor ONE attempt (your first) at the test within each semester.

When taking the test

  • You will need your AU ID number and the password, eagles1
  • Please print a copy of your results when finished

To begin, simply follow the steps below at
http://webcape.byuhtrsc.org/?acct=american:

  1. Enter the password, eagles1
  2. On the subsequent page, select the desired language from the dropdown menu
  3. Once a language is chosen, fill out the necessary information and begin the test

If you have questions, need assistance, or require special accommodations, please contact CLEAR at 202-885-2396. Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodations.

Swahili Examination

Please contact instructor, Professor Fred Iraki, at firaki@american.edu.