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Language Placement Exams

Instructions for Students Taking a Language Placement Exam

Please note that placement procedures for Spanish differ slightly from other modern languages (French, German, or Italian). Please follow the instructions by language below.

French, German and Italian Exam

If you studied French, German, or Italian in high school and are planning to continue studying this language in your first semester at Holy Cross, you must take a language placement exam before you can enroll in the course.

To enroll in the placement exam, go to the Holy Cross Current Students page and select Moodle – Course Management System. Then log in to Moodle using your Holy Cross user ID and password. Select the placement you would like to take on the Placements & Assessments box on the right (i.e. French Placement, German Placement or Italian Placement). You will be taken to the Self enrollment screen. Click the Enroll Me button to continue to the placement exam. You will have an hour to complete the exam.

Once you complete the exam, you will see your score and recommended placement.

NOTE: You should complete the placement by June 30 in order to allow enough time for the results to be officially posted to your academic record (transcript) for use in enrollment on Aug. 1. If you have taken an Advanced Placement exam (AP or IB) and you have not yet received your scores, you should wait to take the Spanish Placement until you have received them (usually by early July).

Spanish Exam

If you are planning to study Spanish at any level at Holy Cross (whether you are beginning the language, continuing from high school, or speak Spanish at home or in your community), you must first complete the Spanish Placement/ Background Questionnaire, available on Moodle.

To enroll in the Spanish Placement/Background Questionnaire, go to the Holy Cross Current Students page and select Moodle – Course Management System. Then log in to Moodle using your Holy Cross user ID and password. Select Spanish Placement on the Placements & Assessments box on the right. You will be taken to the Self enrollment screen. Click the Enroll Me button to continue to the Spanish Background Questionnaire.

The Spanish Background Questionnaire is not a placement test, although it links to the placement exam if necessary. The Questionnaire takes into account previous experience with Spanish and any advanced placement (AP or IB) test scores that you have earned to determine whether you need to take the Spanish placement exam. If the exam is warranted, the Questionnaire will provide a link to it.

Native and heritage speakers of Spanish (students who speak or hear Spanish at home or in their local community but who may not have formally studied the language) should also take the Spanish Background Questionnaire to find out what level will best suit their abilities and preparation.

NOTE: You should complete the Spanish Placement/Background Questionnaire by June 30 in order to allow enough time for the results to be officially posted to your academic record (transcript) for use in enrollment on Aug. 1. If you have taken an Advanced Placement exam (AP or IB) and you have not yet received your scores, you should wait to take the Spanish Placement until you have received them (usually by early July).