Modern Language Placement


Wofford does not give formal placement examinations in modern languages, but instead uses a personalized approach to advising and placement. Wofford language faculty review the previous academic work (HS transcript, AP/IB credit, transfer credit) of each and every student. Students are placed in a language course based on the number of years associated with the language and the level of success. Then, during the first week of the semester, the faculty will make supplemental evaluations and confirm you have the optimal placement for your skills. If you need to move to a higher level or a lower level, those adjustments will be made.

You will initially be placed in the modern language you studied in high school, but can request to change your language of study. If Wofford does not offer the language you studied in high school you are eligible to take any language course we do offer with a placement at the 100-level. If English is not your native language you may be eligible for a language waiver. If seats are available in your requested language/course, you can register for that option. Your language placement will be available on June 1 through myWofford -> FYI -> New Student Guide -> It's Summer! Time to Register -> Modern Language Placement.

Requesting a Change to Your Language Placement

If you want to change your language of study, complete the Modern Language Change Request form, available on myWofford. Simply select the new language and provide a description of your motivation. You may also use the form to indicate if you are a native or heritage speaker. Upon submission, your request is sent to a language faculty member. Your placement will be updated to include the new course. If seats are available at the time of registration, you will be able to register for the requested course. The Change Request form is available from June 1 through July 1. You need to submit your request by July 1 in order for any updates to be made prior to registration. You can access the Change Request Form through myWofford -> FYI -> Student Checklist -> Modern Language Placement Change Request Form.

Changing Your Language Placement Once Classes Begin

Modern Languages faculty spend the first week of classes assessing student readiness. The assessment includes a first-day-of-class survey and oral and written evaluative exercises. Students who place into a 200-level course and lack the preparation necessary to function at that level will be invited to move down to a lower level, usually during the first week of the semester, but occasionally this can extend into the second week. Students must attend the language class into which they were placed for at least the first two class periods to complete these assessments.

If a student understands the vast majority of what is happening in the 200-level course, has spent time abroad, is a heritage speaker and/or has outstanding academic preparation, they may be ready to move up to the 303 level. Students wishing to move up must meet with an MLLC faculty member in order to determine if the 303 course is appropriate for them. Students who move up to 303, and complete it with a grade of ‘C’ or better, will receive the six credit hours for the 201 and 202 courses, as well as the three credit hours for the 303 course. We invite students who would like to continue their language study at Wofford at the 303 level to let us know; our faculty also contact those students whose records indicate 303 might be an appropriate level for them early in the summer prior to registration.

AP Credit for Modern Language

Students with the appropriate AP or IB exam scores will receive credit for the 201/202 courses and will be invited to take 303.

Placement Guidelines

Language Years Placement Notes
Arabic 0-2 ARBC 101 ARBC 101 is 5 credit hours and meets daily M-F
3+ ARBC 201 ARBC 201 is 4 credit hours and meets 4 times a week
Chinese 0-2 CHIN 101 CHIN 101 is 5 credit hours and meets daily M-F
3+ CHIN 201 CHIN 201 is 5 credit hours and meets daily M-F
French 0-2 FREN 101
3 FREN 201
4+ FREN 303 4+ years are invited to enroll in 303, but may take 201
German 0-2 GER 101
3 GER 201
4+ GER 303 4+ years are invited to enroll in 303, but may take 201
Spanish 0-1 SPAN 101
2 SPAN 200
3 SPAN 201
4+ SPAN 201 4+ years are invited to enroll in 303, but may take 201