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If you have taken less than one year of high school language, you are able to register for 101 in ASL, Chinese, French, and Spanish.

For French or Spanish placement beyond 101, you will need to complete the Language Placement Test before you can register.  

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If you already took the placement test and do not remember your placement score, you may view your scores on Blink > Banner (icon) > Student > Student Records > View Test Scores.

Taking a Placement Test

Final placement is determined by the World Languages and Cultures Testing Coordinator. The coordinator will take into account the score on the placement Test. as well as previous seat time, grades, lapse of time between language courses, and experience with native speakers.

Students who place above the 102S course take the course into which they are placed or the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test.

Testing for ASL (American Sign Language) and Chinese Placement

Placement Tests for ASL and Chinese will be administered to current students in early October and early March so that they are appropriately placed prior to registration for the following semester.

For ASL placement tests ONLY: The placement test must be arranged by appointment with an ASL professor. Contact the department administrative assistant at world-languages-and-cultures@bethel.edu. For more information about American Sign Language and placement, please see the FAQ on ASL.

For Chinese placement tests ONLY: The placement test must be arranged by appointment with a Chinese professor. Contact Dr. De Zhang at d-zhang@bethel.edu.

Testing for French and Spanish Placement

The online Placement Test for French and Spanish takes about 15 minutes and must be completed at least one week before registration.

Before taking the online placement test:

  • Have your Bethel ID# ready.
  • The password is royals1.
  • You must complete the form about your language experience at the beginning of the test.
  • The test must be completed at least one week prior to registration.

Take the Language Placement Test

Alternatives to Language Requirements

Option 1: Testing Out

Students who wish to test out of the General Education Language Requirement at Bethel in Spanish or French must complete the CLEP Test through College Board. This test is taken onsite at area locations listed on the College Board website. You must request that results be sent to Bethel University.

Credits can be received through CLEP with a minimum score of 50. Final determination of credits will be made by the Registrar’s office. Testing fees must be paid directly to CLEP upon registration for the exam. Since CLEP tests are not offered in all languages, students who have studied a language other than French or Spanish should contact the Language Testing Coordinator at language-testing@bethel.edu.

Option 2: Non-Bethel Credits

Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and transfer credits from another university may apply toward meeting the General Education language requirement. For further questions on what will transfer for the General Education language requirement from AP, IB, CIS (College in the Schools) and transfer credits from another university, please contact the Transfer Specialist in the Registrar’s office.

Option 3: Native Speakers

Students who are native speakers of a language other than English may be able to demonstrate that their language proficiency meets the General Education requirement. To meet the S-tag requirement, you will need to meet with professor Laura Sanchez, the Language Testing coordinator, one-on-one. Please email her at language-testing@bethel.edu to set up an appointment.

Questions?

See our FAQ page for answers to common questions about Bethel's language requirement.

For further information please email the World Languages and Cultures Testing Coordinator at language-testing@bethel.edu.

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