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Placement & Proficiency Exams

The placement exam is designed to help you determine the correct course for beginning your language study at KU, if you already have experience in a foreign language. This exam focuses on your abilities and knowledge of the language, rather than on the amount of your prior coursework.

The placement exam is offered online (http://webcape.org/nwcregister.php?acct=ku) and must be completed one week prior to your arrival on campus for orientation as it is a crucial component in your enrollment process. Those students failing to take the exam prior to arriving on campus may be unable to sign up for a foreign language course until the add/drop period at the beginning of the semester. Password: gojayhakws.

The process of determining the proper placement may also include a conversation with a placement advisor about your language background.

The proficiency exam is for students who want to fulfill the College foreign language requirement with German without taking any German courses at KU or to skip a level in the GERM 104-108-201-202 sequence.

These students will take the placement exam and a proficiency exam (written and oral). Details follow:

1. Students should take the online language placement exam online (http://webcape.org/nwcregister.php?acct=ku). Password: gojayhakws.

2. Should a student receive a score below 500 and wish to test out of the College foreign language requirement equivalent to one, two, or three semesters of German, s/he will contact Dr. Emily Wallace, the departmental placement / proficiency coordinator, by email (emily.wallace@ku.edu). Dr. Wallace will arrange a written and oral exam for the student.

3. The student will meet with the coordinator at the scheduled time to take the written and oral exam and will be notified of the results.

4. Should the student receive a score of 500 or higher and wish to test out of the College foreign language requirement equivalent to four semesters, s/he will contact Prof. Lorie Vanchena, the departmental undergraduate advisor, by email, vanchena@ku.edu.

5. If, after discussion with the undergraduate advisor, the student still wishes to test out of German, s/he will be asked to contact the departmental placement / proficiency coordinator, Dr. Emily Wallace (emily.wallace@ku.edu), to arrange a written and oral exam (see #2 above).



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