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Placement Tests, Transfer Credit, AP
Placement examinations are required of any student whose most recent language course was not completed at Boston University. Placement exams DO NOT by themselves fulfill the language requirement.
Please contact Mary Beth Guzman at 617-353-2400 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information about placement tests.
Placement Tests in Chinese
Logging into the Chinese Placement Test
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Understanding your results
If your Chinese score was…
you should enroll in the following BU course:
If you have any questions about this language placement test, or are experiencing any technological difficulty, please contact CAS Advising at 617-353-2400 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday-Friday.
Placement Tests in German
German placement is accomplished by means of an online examination. The password, once you access the page, is terriers1 . You will need your university ID number when taking this test. Full instructions are provided within the test webpage (link here). You can take this test any time before the start of classes, from any location. Please do not use dictionaries or other assistance when taking the test. This may result in incorrect placement and you will have to change classes in the first week of the semester.
|If your German score was…||you should enroll in this course:|
|Below 262||LG 111 First-semester German|
|263-375||LG 112 Second-semester German|
|376-432||LG 211 Third-semester German|
|433-529||LG 212 Fourth-semester German|
|530 or above||your choice of LG 305, LG 307, or LG 309
(the topics differ, but all three are at the
same “level”). A brief meeting with a
German faculty member is also strongly
suggested — see below; occasionally a
different course may be recommended.
Consult with Prof. Susanne Werk email@example.com, 745 Commonwealth Ave., if
- your score is at the extreme of an indicated range
- you feel you are placed too high or too low
- your score is above 530
- you speak German with a family member or have spent some years in a German-speaking environment.
In all of these cases you may be asked to provide a short essay (6-8 sentences) on either of the following topics: “Meine Lieblingsjahreszeit” or “Eine interessante Reise.”
Please note that neither test scores nor faculty advice is final and that you will have the opportunity to shift to a higher or lower level during the drop/add period should this become necessary.
Heritage speakers (i.e., students with at least one family member who uses German in the home) or students who have spent years in a German-speaking country must make an appointment with Prof. Werk or Prof. Alhadeff irrespective of their placement-test scores.
Placement Tests in Hebrew
The Hebrew placement exam is available on Blackboard Learn. Students may register for the exam by contacting Shawn Provencal at the Geddes Language Center at firstname.lastname@example.org and providing their BU login name. Please allow 24 hours for registration.
Once you receive a confirmation email of registration, visit http://learn.bu.edu. Login with your BU login name and Kerberos password. Click ‘My Places’, then ‘Hebrew Placement Test’ to access the test.
The test is located in the Content Area and consists of 5 parts and a General Information Survey. A Hebrew keyboard is NOT needed to take the test.
If you have any placement related questions, please contact Prof. Angrist, Head of Hebrew Language Program, at email@example.com.
Placement Tests in Japanese
Japanese placement exam is available online via Blackboard Learn. For access you need to contact Mary Beth Raycraft at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your BU e-mail address.
If your family speaks Japanese but your reading ability in Japanese is nonexistent or very limited, you should still take the placement test. Similarly, if you have lived in Japan and spoken Japanese there, you should take the placement test, even if your reading ability is limited.
If you have studied Japanese in high school or in some similar school setting, you must take the placement test.
The Japanese placement exam is an online test you can take any time before the start of classes, from any location. You should plan to start and finish the test in one sitting. Please do not use dictionaries, consult friends, webpages or seek other assistance when taking the test. This may result in incorrect placement, and you will have to change classes in the first week of the semester.
The test will be graded automatically. Go to “After the Test” and see what level is suitable for you or use the table below.
|If your score was…||you should enroll in the following BU course:|
|18 or below
19 to 30
31 to 50
51 to 65
66 to 83
If you have any questions about your placement after you get your test results, please email Anna Elliott at email@example.com for consultation or to schedule a placement interview.
Placement Tests in other languages
Students who have taken language courses at other colleges than Boston University should see the foreign language advisor, Mary Beth Raycraft, in the CAS Student Advising Office, 353-2400, before selecting a BU course. This is in addition to the need to take the a placement test (credit and placement are two different things). If you enroll in a course that’s equivalent to one you’ve already taken elsewhere, you’ll forfeit credit, so be sure to ask the language advisor first!
Please speak with a faculty member in your language of interest if you have questions.
If you scored a 5 on the Chinese AP, you have credit for CAS LC 212. If you plan to take more advanced courses in Chinese, you’ll need to take a placement exam. If you got a 5 on the Chinese AP but your placement score indicates that you should be in LC 212 or below, talk with a faculty member in Chinese to discuss your options.
If you scored a 4 on the German AP, you have credit for CAS LG 212. If you scored a 5, you have credit equivalent to one course numbered LG 305-309. But if you plan to go on and take more German at BU (and why wouldn’t you, seeing how good you are at it?), you should still take the placement test. If the placement test tells you something different from your AP score, please contact a German faculty member right away to discuss the best course of action.
If you scored a 5 on the Japanese AP, you have credit for CAS LJ 212. But if you plan to go on with your study of Japanese, as we hope you will, you must take the placement test as well. If the placement test places you in LJ 212 or below despite your AP score of 5, it’s essential that you contact a Japanese faculty member for advice.
SAT II Results
A score of 560 or above on the SAT II in any language fulfills the CAS language requirement, but does not tell you your placement if you want to continue, nor does it grant academic credit. Students who have taken the SAT II and will be continuing in the language must also take the relevant BU placement test (see above). Learn more about the CAS language requirement here.