Latin is offered in the Department of Philosophy, Religion, and Classical Studies.
American Sign Language is offered in the Education of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing program, in the School of Education, Department of Special Education, Language & Literacy.
1. Who needs to take a placement exam?
If you want to study a language you started in high school, you must take a placement test unless you qualify for an exemption (see point 2). If you want to start a new language, you don’t have to take a placement test.
If you’re a transfer student, have completed one or two semesters of a language at another college or university, and plan to continue studying that language at TCNJ, you MUST take the placement test in that language.
2. Who is exempt from the placement exam?
Students who received a 650 or higher in the College Board Subject Test or a 5 or higher in the AP exam are exempt from the language requirement.
Students who have taken the AP Exam in a language are encouraged to wait until receiving the results before taking the TCNJ placement test.
3. What if I completed 4 or more years of language study in high school?
Students who completed 4 or more years of language study in high school are required to take the placement exam. Even if the placement exam places you into the first-semester course (either 101 or 151), you cannot get credit for it if you have completed 4 or more years of the language in high school, with the exception of Latin. Students who have taken Latin in high school and place into Latin 101 will receive credit.
4. Are there placement exams for every language?
Online placement exams are offered in French, German, Italian, and Spanish. To go to the placement exam, see Question 5 below.
In-person placement tests are conducted by the program coordinators for the languages below:
Arabic: Nelly Taha firstname.lastname@example.org
Chinese: Jia-Yan Mi email@example.com
Japanese: Holly Didi-Ogren firstname.lastname@example.org
Russian: Alex Berg email@example.com
5. What do I need to do to take the online placement exam?
Registered students can take the exam online at: www.tcnj.edu/~regist/placement
6. How long will the placement exam take?
You will be allowed 40 minutes (and no more) to take the placement exam. The exam will automatically shut down after the allotted time.
7. How long do I have to wait to get my score?
Test scores will be available immediately after completing the exam. Make sure to write down or print your score and register only for the course in which you placed. Please be aware that it may take a few days for the score to appear in the Transfer Credit Report on Paws.
8. What happens if I place out of the elementary language sequence?
If you receive the maximum score and place out of the elementary sequence (101, 102, 103) you may choose to continue with more advanced courses. Contact the department chair to discuss your options. Students who test out of the elementary sequence (with the exception of Latin) will need to contact the Department of World Languages and Cultures to make arrangements to validate their score.
9. I’m a native/heritage/fluent speaker of a language that’s not taught at TCNJ. Can I use my proficiency in this language to test out of my language requirement?
If you would like to be tested for exemption in a language not mentioned here, you will need to check if it is on the list of languages for which The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has created a proficiency exam. You can check the list on their website, www.languagetesting.com.
A few languages can be tested by TCNJ faculty as well, such as Hebrew, Polish, Korean, Portuguese, and Ukrainian; contact the Department of World Languages and Cultures for more information.
If you demonstrate an Intermediate Low level or higher on the oral proficiency exam, you will fulfill your language proficiency requirement.
10. What if I still have questions?
For Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish
Contact: Department of World Languages & Culture
For Latin and Greek
Contact: Dr. Holly Haynes, Co-Coordinator of Classical Studies
For American Sign Language
Contact: Barbara Strassman, Deaf/HOH Education Coordinator