Students who have taken 2 or more years of a language in high school must take a foreign language placement exam in that language in order to register for a class in that language. Exams are offered in Spanish, French, German, Latin, and Russian.
We currently do not have a placement exam in Italian. If you are interested in placing into Italian, Chinese, or Japanese, you will need to talk to the head professor in that language as listed on the department's front page.
If have studied another language that you believe should count as a foreign language you will need to speak to the department head, Dr. Giuliana Fazzion, at 540-568-6128.
If you have had one year or less in a language in high school, or you would like to start a new language, you simply enroll in 101 of that language, without taking a placement exam.
Spanish, French, and German Placement Exams
Placement tests for Spanish, French and German are taken via a web. To take a test in one of these areas:
1. Go to https://secureweb.jmu.edu/flpe
2. Log in using your JMU email id and password
3. Follow the instructions on the page to take the exam
4. You will see your placement score and recommended course immediately after taking the exam. If needed, the score/recommended course matrix may be found at http://www.jmu.edu/gened/flpe_matrix.shtml
Note: If you place into the 300 level of Spanish, French or German, you must enroll in the 300 class or go to Keezell 103 and retake the exam to confirm your score.
Russian and Latin Placement Exams
Placement exams are offered on a walk-in basis in the Language Lab, Keezell 103. The exams are multiple choice and take about an hour.
Keezell academic year hours:
Monday through Thursday 9:00-8:00