Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the
UW-Stevens Point Foreign Language Policy

1. Are the tests required?

Yes, if the student intends to continue in the language.

2. Are the placement decisions binding?

If a student believes s/he has been misplaced on the basis of the placement test, s/he should talk to the foreign language instructor, who may recommend re-placement based on the student's work.

3. Do students receive credit for taking the test?

No. The tests are for placement only. However, students may receive retrocredits (up to 16) for courses below their placement if they complete the course they tested into with a grade of B- or better.

4. What is the policy on AP scores?

A score of 3, 4, or 5 on an AP test gives the student credit in a given course. If the student wants retro credit, s/he must take the next higher course and receive a B- or better to get credit for courses preceding the one with which the AP score is associated.

5. If a student took an AP test in French, German or Spanish, should s/he still take the placement test?

Yes. AP scores do not come to UW-Stevens Point until well into July. Students should take the placement test and be prepared to take the course indicated. If the AP score is 3 or better and indicates a higher placement, the AP score takes precedence. If the AP score is 1 or 2, the placement test score determines placement. Also, some students are more comfortable taking the course indicated by the placement tests.

6. How do I get additional information about placement testing at UW-Stevens Point?

Contact: Richard Ruppel
Department of Foreign Languages
UW-Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI 54481
(715) 346-3036


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