Language Placement Test

Framingham State University has a general education requirement that all students complete one semester of a foreign language.  The assessment measure is the Avant Placement testing language test for Spanish, French or Chinese. If you have not taken one of these languages, you do not need to take the modern language placement test.  You will still need to take a modern language course to satisfy the university's general education requirement. 

One semester of a language course is required for all students (General Education Domain 1-C). This course can be taken in any semester (including summer or winter session).  There are circumstances in which taking a language course to fulfill General Education requirements may be waived.  *See below for more information on ways in which a waiver can be granted*.

If you've never studied a language (other than English) before, you do not need to take a placement test.  If you have studied a foreign language and/or have fluency, please read through the following Q&A to determine if you need to test and how testing and language assessment can help you progress in your studies at FSU.

Did you study a foreign language in high school?

If no, you do not need to take a placement exam.  You may select to enroll in any 101 level of the languages we offer (American Sign Language, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish). 

If yes, please note which applies to you:


Completed level 4 of one language? 

You do not need to take the placement test unless you intend to pursue courses in that language. The language General Education course requirement is fulfilled.

Took up to 3 years of Chinese, French, or Spanish?

If you plan to take a course in one of these three languages that you learned previously, you need to take the placement test to determine what level is appropriate for you.  You may even score high enough to test out of the requirement!

Studied a language OTHER than Chinese, French or Spanish?

You do not need to take a placement test as we only test in these 3 languages.  You may be eligible for the language waiver  (*see below)

Have you studied and/or are fluent in Spanish, French, or Chinese and plan to continue to take a course in that language? 

If no, you do not need to take a placement test. 

If yes, then you must take a test in that language.  Even if you wish to start over from the beginning, the placement test is still required. Students may not enroll in a course below the level of their placement.   If you earn a high enough score, you get a language waiver!

Do you speak a language OTHER than Chinese, French or Spanish fluently?

If yes, you can purse a waiver

*The Language Requirement Waiver option:

Please contact the Chair of the World Languages Department if you are proficient in a language other than English, or if your high school academic language was one other than English. Contact Dr. Mary-Ann Stadtler-Chester at  It is possible to request a waiver that will satisfy General Education Language requirement. 

Did you earn at least one semester of college credit in a foreign language from another college or university? 

If yes, you do not need to take a placement test and can have the General Education Language requirement waived by submitting an official transcript from the institution to the FSU Registrar’s Office if you did not include this in your Admissions paperwork. 

Did you earn a 3 or higher on a foreign language AP test?       

If yes, you will receive credit for a foreign language course and have satisfied your General Education foreign language requirement.

Placement Code



Must take Elementary I


Must take Elementary II if choosing the language option


Must take Intermediate I if choosing the language option


Must take Intermediate II if choosing the language option


May take any 300 level course if choosing the language option


Completed Level IV in high school. May take 300-level and above.


Waiver received from World Languages Department Chair. May take any language course, though not required to do so.

It is important for students to do their best on this placement test; an accurate assessment of language proficiency will assure students of placement at the correct level of study. It is important to note that: “Students who place themselves into an elementary or intermediate course for which their proficiency exceeds that of the course level will be removed from the course with no credit given.”

Students should review the fundamentals of the language they studied in high school prior to taking the language test. On this page we provide a sample question and answer to familiarize you with the format of the test. This test is available for assessment of French, Chinese, and Spanish languages.

Language/culture elements represented on the placement test include the following:

  • General vocabulary and expressions
  • Subject and object pronouns
  • Possessive and prepositional pronouns
  • Adjective agreement
  • Present, past and future indicative verb forms
  • The subjunctive verb mode
  • Reading comprehension
  • Geography and culture of representative countries