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Placement Testing/Back Credit

Foreign Language Placement

Students who have satisfied the Foundational Studies non-native language requirement and who wish to take further course work in a language MUST take the Language Placement Examination in order to determine the level of language course work most appropriate for them. Depending upon the level of placement, students may receive credit for their knowledge of the language, some of which may count toward Foundational Studies Requirements. The test is administered by the University Testing Office.

Students MUST take a Placement Exam in order to be eligible for the following credits.

  • Student placed in 102 will be granted credit for 101 upon successful completion of 102, with C+ or better.
  • Students placed into 201 who complete 201 with a C or better will earn 9 credits for 101, 102 and 201.
  • Students placed into 202 who complete 202 with a C or better will earn 12 credits for 101, 102, 201 and 202.

Foundational Studies Non-Native Language Requirement

Students entering the University under the Foundational Studies 2010 program are required to complete two semesters of non-native language to meet the Foundational Studies requirement in this area. The requirement may also be met in the following ways:

  • Four courses in high school in a single or multiple non-native language(s), including American Sign Language, with a grade of C or better
  • Two courses at ISU in a single or multiple non-native language(s), (select from 101 and 102 of one language, or 101 and 101 of multiple languages)
  • Two courses, from an accredited college or university, in a single or multiple non-native language(s), including American Sign Language
  • Completion of English as a Second Language

Please note the following:

  • Students who have not formally satisfied the Foundational Studies non-native language requirement are placed into level 101 or level 102 language classes based on their academic work in high school. 
  • Students with no previous non-native language experience should choose the 101 elementary course in the language of their choice
  • Students entering Indiana State University with an Associate or higher degree from an institution other than Indiana State University may be exempted from this requirement at the discretion of the college in which they enroll
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Additional Information for Placement Criteria

(Automatic) Placement criteria for those who have not satisfied the Foundational Studies Non-Native Language Requirement

(Screening done by Admissions office, based on record of FL study in high school)

Students are placed into 102 if they have

a) completed 2 or 3 semesters of a single foreign language in high school or

b) completed 2 years of a single foreign language in high school with at least a B average in one year.

All else: enroll in 101

Note Regarding Administration of the CAPE Test

  1. The CAPE test is NOT designed to be used as a test-out exam.