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Foreign Language placement

All students with a major in the College of Arts and Sciences must take the online foreign language placement test before coming to their orientation session. Also students in secondary education who plan to have teaching majors in English must take this test. Please try to take the test at least 10 days prior to your scheduled orientation session.

The WebCape Online Placement Exam cannot be used to satisfy any foreign language requirement, nor are any credits awarded on the basis of the online exam. Therefore, accepting help of any kind, for instance consulting a dictionary or another person, would not prove helpful in the end. Instead, such assistance could result in a course placement beyond your level of readiness.

Students with previous experience in French, German, Latin, or Spanish may choose to take another examination also, the Monitored Test-out Exam, a qualifying exam to exempt students from the specific language requirements of many WMU programs. This monitored test-out exam may be taken only once and can only be taken before beginning your first class in that language at WMU. Although some requirements may be fulfilled with the monitored test-out exam, no credit is awarded. For more details about the Online Placement Exam or the Monitored Test-out Exam, see for French and German; see for Spanish.

Description of the Online Placement Exam

The Online Placement Exam is designed to help you determine the first course you should take, based on your ability. This multiple-choice exam presents questions of different ability levels, adapting the next question's level according to your answers. The number of questions you will be required to complete depends upon your ability to use the language. The duration of the test varies, but it usually takes 15-20 minutes to finish.

How to access and take the online placement exam

Visit the goWMU portal, then enter your Bronco Net ID and password. If you do not know your Bronco NetID and password, a help link is available. Once inside the goWMU portal, select the Student Services tab found on the top of your screen and locate the Steps to Registration box. Click on the placement examination link to open the online exam. You will need your WIN (Western Identification Number) to begin the test.

When the online placement exam is complete, it indicates to you an overall score and the corresponding WMU course in which you should register. Print out or make note of your exam results for use in registering later. Bring exam results with you to your orientation session. If you have questions about your placement, contact the appropriate department:

Department of World Languages and Literatures (French and German)

410 Sprau
(269) 387-3001

Department of Spanish

420 Sprau
(269) 387-3023

Testing in Other Languages

For placement and monitored test-out exams in languages other than German, French and Spanish, students should contact the Department of World Languages and Literatures (269) 387-3001.

Retroactive Credits

Some students may be eligible to receive retroactive credits for language skills acquired before entering WMU. For information, please consult the appropriate department office or website.