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Modern Language Placement

Students must complete a year of modern language study as part of the Core Curriculum but if a student demonstrates a language skill comparable beginning language I & II – the modern language requirement will be fulfilled.

The diversity of the Augsburg student population allows for a variety of possible modern language placement tests. Students take the appropriate language testing determined by their language background. Listed below are all language testing opportunities.

French, German or Spanish Placement Test.

  • These are the three modern languages we offer beyond beginning language I & II, therefore we have placement tests available.
  • You do not receive credits for this test, simply a placement.
  • If you place at Intermediate Language I or above, you are exempt from the modern language requirement.
  • Click here to schedule your French, German or Spanish placement test.

Suggestions for preparing for the French, German or Spanish Placement Test

BEFORE:

  • Set up a Duolingo.com (free) account and practice for several days.
  • Give your several adequate time: ideally 45 minutes.

DURING:

  • Be aware the test uses a progressive format, with questions that get harder as you go along. This is normal and don’t let it shake your confidence.

AFTER

  • Sing up for the language course that corresponds to your score.
  • Retaking the test to get a better score is NOT allowed.

Language Testing International

Testing in languages other than English, French, German and Spanish.

  • Language testing for credit is available through the ACTFL placement test in over 90 languages, click here for a FAQ on this process.
  • If both a Written & Spoken test is available in the language, both tests must be taken and student must reach the Novice High/intermediate Low level on both tests.  If the scores on the two placement tests are scored differently, credit will be given at the lower of the two scores.
  • If only a Spoken placement test is available, the student must reach the Intermediate High/Advanced Low level on the spoken test.
  • The cost of the test will be paid by the student (cost range is $149 – $249).
  • Email advising@augsburg.edu with the language you would like to test in and we will send you the required steps you need to complete.

Minnesota Bilingual and Multilingual Seals and World Languages Proficiency Credits

Augsburg will award college credit to students with the Minnesota bilingual and multilingual language proficiency certificates. These certificates are awarded to graduating Minnesota high school students who demonstrate the required level of language proficiency in a language other than English. Students are required to submit an official high school transcript showing both that the seal or certificate has been awarded, and the language and level it has been awarded for.

MN Department of Education World Languages Information
Seals and Augsburg Equivalencies