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Foreign Language Placement Exams

Foreign Language Placement Exams(FLPEs) are offered in order to determine the placement of a student who is continuing the study of a language at JMU. The FLPEs are not graded and they do not give students credit. The exam scores are valid for three semesters.

You will need to take a Foreign Language Placement Exam if all of the following are true:

  • If you plan to continue studying your high school language at JMU.
  • You've taken 2 or more years of Spanish, French, German or Russian in high school.
  • If you have not taken the SATII for the language you studied in high school.


Note for Orientation Students following the One Book Checklist:

If you have determined you do not need to take a foreign language placement exam,
you can simply skip the FLPE step on the One Book Checklist and go on to the next step. 
Not having that step checked off will not prevent you from completing the other steps.

May 26, 2017:  Because of the long weekend, exams taken after noon EDT may not be uploaded to the JMU system until Tuesday morning, May 30. 
Therefore the One Book FLPE step will not check off until Tuesday morning. However, this will not impede a student's progress down
the checklist and will not count against the student.  Any questions or concerns can be sent to Dr. Plecker at 


Still not sure if you need to take the Foreign Language Placement Exam? 
Answer these questions to find out.


International Students and Heritage Speakers should look here for information.


If you are already sure that you want or need to take the Foreign Language Placement Exam
you may proceed to the instructions. 
You will need to log into the next page with your JMU e-ID and password. 
(The same ID and password you use with MyMadison.)