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School of Languages, Cultures, and Race College of Arts and Sciences

Foreign Language Placement Testing

Placement Test Information and Guidelines

 

The WSU School of Languages, Cultures, and Race uses Avant Assessment’s PLACE Exam for Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish to determine student course placement past the 101 (first semester) level. This online, proctored exam can be taken anywhere and generally takes between 30-60 minutes to complete. The exam contains reading comprehension questions, multiple-choice grammar questions, and a writing section. Students have only one chance to take the exam, and so are encouraged to carefully read all instructions and other exam materials carefully.

There is a fee associated with the exam – the cost of the exam is $19.90, payable directly to Avant Assessment.

Test Taker Guide

We highly suggest that you review the proctored Test Taker guide to familiarize yourself with remote proctored requirements:

Exam Instructions – Setting up a Proctoring Session
  • Go to: https://avantassessment.ecwid.com/#!/Washington-State-University-Language-Placement/c/89132163
  • After you enter your payment information, remember to use your WSU student email address when making the purchase,  You will be sent an email receipt and a separate email with a link to begin the testing process.
    • This link will be sent to your email so check your spam/junk mail folders.
    • Should you not receive an email, please contact Avant Assessment Support at support@avantassessment.com.
  • Once you have self-registered using the link from the Avant email, you will receive further instructions via email including instructions on setting up a testing profile and picking a time to test in the proctoring system.
Exam Instructions – The Day of the Test
  • Once the testing time has arrived, you will need to follow the same link sent to you after the self-registration process and begin the proctoring session.
  • After you have been checked in by the proctor, click “Start New Test”
  • Create a unique login name and write it down – we suggest using your WSU ID. This login name will allow you to come back and resume your test if you are interrupted for any reason. Since you have to use your 9-digit WSU ID on the next screen, it may be best to use this number as your Login Name as well.
  • Next, create your profile by entering the information requested.
    • PLEASE NOTE that for the Test Taker ID you must enter your 9-digit WSU ID Number, including the zero at the beginning.
    • If you do not use your correct WSU ID number, your results will not be available for placement in mywsu.
    • Email – This should be your WSU Email, not your personal Gmail, Yahoo, etc.
  • Complete the Language Skill Evaluation as honestly as you can. This will provide you with the most accurate starting point for the system to measure your language proficiency.
  • Follow the instructions to complete each additional section of the exam, then log out of the exam.
  • IMPORTANT:  The proctor will be available via chat but will not communicate any information to you in regards to the test or sections on the test. If there is any issue with the test, please contact Avant Assessment Support at support@avantassessment.com .
Support from Avant Assessment:

At any time you encounter a problem with the process, or have any other questions about technology required or protocols, please contact Avant Support:

Your Score

Your exam score will not be viewable to you through Avant’s website, nor be sent to your WSU e-mail.  Exam results will be uploaded periodically on a weekly basis to myWSU for placement purposes.

 

How do I find my score on myWSU?

If your score is above the 101 level, please contact Laurie Heustis, foreign languages advisor for enrollment into the course you have placed into.

EXAM Score ACTFL Level ILR Level Course Placement
6 Advanced 2 306, 307 or 308
5* Intermediate-High 1+ 204, 306, 307, 308
5 Intermediate-Mid 1+ 204
4* Intermediate-Low 1 204
4 Intermediate-Low 1 203
3* Novice-High 0+ 203
3 Novice-High 0+ 203
2* Novice-Mid 0 102
2 Novice-Mid 0 102
1 Novice-Low 0 101

 

If you need additional assistance, please contact the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race:  by phone at 509-335-4135 or by email at slcr@wsu.edu


 

HERITAGE/NATIVE SPEAKERS

Heritage/native speakers are encouraged to contact the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race to discuss placement by email.  Contact Laurie Heustis,  Foreign Languages Advisor.


 

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