Santa Clara University

New Student Orientation

Background and purpose of the exam

This exam is used for determining language preparedness and placement at the elementary levels in French or Spanish.

Who should take the exam?

Students who have previously studied either French or Spanish who would like to determine the current strength of their language skills in order to enroll in the course that most closely matches their ability.

Content of the exam

The exam tests reading comprehension through multiple-choice questions based on readings of short paragraphs. The exam modifies the difficulty level of the questions based upon the exam takers right or wrong answers.

Timing of the exam

The exam typically takes from 15 – 30 minutes, depending on how much time is needed for the exam taker to read paragraphs and answer questions.

Printing your exam score

When you complete the exam, a screen will show your score and provide a recommended course (see chart below).  Please print out this page and bring it to orientation.

FRENCH

 

SPANISH

 

Score

Placement

Score

Placement

0 – 315

FREN 1

0 – 295

SPAN 1

325 – 368

FREN 2

305 – 355

SPAN 2

377 or higher

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365 – 439

SPAN 3

   

444 or higher

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Take the exam

http://webcape.byuhtrsc.org/nwcregister.php?acct=scu

Enter the following password: broncos1

You will need your Student ID Number to complete the exam.

 
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