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French and Spanish Placement Exam

romance languages and literatures

Online Placement Test in French and Spanish

The online placement test is designed to help you determine the most appropriate course level for the language you have studied. The test usually takes about 30 minutes to complete, consists of multiple choice questions, and covers grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. Once you have completed the test, you will be able to view your score and your suggested placement. Information about the placement test can be found below “Taking the Test”.

Please note: There is no placement test in Italian; students should contact Italian Language Coordinator, Prof. Brian O'Connor.


 

Guidelines for French Placement During the Summer

If you scored a four or five on the French Language AP exam or over 600 on the SAT II, consult with Professor Jeff Flagg who will be present at registration during Freshman Orientation, or you can email him at james.flagg@bc.edu.

If you scored a three on the French Language AP exam or in the 550-600 range on the SAT II, take FREN2209, French Conversation, Composition, and Reading I.

If you scored less than three on the French Language AP exam or less than 550 on the SAT II or if you have not taken either exam, take the online. Information about the placement test can be found below “Taking the Test”. You must take this test prior to your campus Orientation session. Register for the course suggested upon finishing the online exam. Please write down your score if you would like to discuss your placement with an advisor at Orientation.

If you have never studied French, take FREN1009, Elementary French I OR take FREN1042, Intensive Elementary French for Oral Proficiency (spring semester).

However, instructors and students should still confer on the first day of class in September to confirm accurate placement.


 

Guidelines for Italian Placement During the Summer

There is no placement test for Italian. The following guidelines should help you find the right Italian course for your proficiency level:

If you scored a four or five on the Italian Language AP exam or over 600 on the SAT II, consult with Professor Brian O’Connor. You can email him at brian.oconnor@bc.edu.

If you scored a three on the Italian Language AP exam or in the 550-600 range on the SAT II, or have studied Italian in high school for more than four years or for two years at the college level, take ITAL2213, Italian Conversation, Composition, and Reading I.

If you have studied Italian for three to four years in high school or for one year at the college level, take ITAL1113, Intermediate Italian I.

If you have studied Italian for two to three years in high school, take ITAL1004, Elementary Italian II (spring semester).

If you have never studied Italian or if you have studied it in high school for one year or less, take ITAL1003, Elementary Italian I.

However, instructors and students should still confer on the first day of class in September to confirm accurate placement.


 

Guidelines for Spanish Placement During the Summer

Incoming first-year and transfer students should take the Romance Languages and Literatures online placement exam in Spanish before attending orientation. Information about the placement test can be found below “Taking the Test”.

Students who have received a score for the AP or SAT II Spanish Language exam before coming to orientation should review the Placement Guidelines for Spanish in the Academic Planning Workbook provided with your orientation materials.

If you score above 531 on the Placement Exam or do not receive your AP score before orientation, you should discuss placement with a faculty member at the Foreign Language Resource Table before you register for classes.

Students who have placed out of Intermediate Spanish should follow these guidelines:

Students Beginning Adelante 2 (SPAN1154) should

  • have taken Adelante 1, OR
  • have received a score of 3 on the AP Spanish Language Exam.

Students Beginning CCR1 (SPAN2215) should

  • have taken Intermediate 2, OR
  • have received a score of 4 on the AP Spanish Language Exam, OR
  • have received a score of 660 to 710 on the SAT II Spanish Language Exam.

Students Beginning CCR2 (SPAN2216) should

  • have taken CCR1

Students Beginning Advanced Spanish (SPAN3392) should

  • have taken CCR2, OR
  • have received a 5 on the AP Spanish Language Exam, OR
  • have received above 710 on the SAT II.

Students Beginning Contextos (SPAN3395) should

  • have received a score of 5 on the AP Spanish Literature Exam, OR
  • have taken Advanced Spanish (formerly RL392 Naturalmente or RL392 Advanced Spanish) or instructor's permission.

Instructors and students should confer on the first day of class in September to confirm accurate placement.


 

Language Requirement

Taking the placement test does not fulfill the language requirement. For information on the Language Requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Carroll School of Management, consult the University's Academic Policies and Procedures.


 

Taking the Test

The test is offered online and can be taken at any time. You will need your BC username; the password is eagles1. For questions about the test, email the Placement Test Coordinator, Professor Andrea Javel.


 

Further Questions

There is no placement test in Italian. For questions about Italian placement, email Professor Brian O'Connor.

For advising on placement in: