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Requirements/Placements

In order to receive a baccalaureate degree from SUNY Geneseo, all students must meet the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement.

Foreign Language Remote Placement Exam
Department of Languages & Literatures

Upcoming Exam dates (Wednesdays only, time: 2:30pm):

October 21, 2020

November 11, 2020

January 6, 2021

February 3, 2021

RSVP at least 24 hours in advance of testing time:
To: skinnerm@geneseo.edu
Email subject: Please use the date of your choice and add Foreign Language Placement Test.
                         Example: Nov
ember 11, 2020 Foreign Language Placement Test
Body: Name, Geneseo Student ID number, Geneseo email and language

Zoom Invitation will be sent to your email confirming your registration.

You will need:

  • State ID with picture and name
  • Computer with working Audio/Webcam
  • Geneseo Student number (G00XXXXXX)
  • Canvas access

If you have a documented disability and require accommodations beyond extended time, please contact the Office of Accessibility Services via email at access@geneseo.edu at least two weeks in advance of your scheduled exam date.

Foreign Language Graduation Requirement, Effective Fall 2014

College-level coursework or approved normed test that shows student proficiency through the first intermediate level of a foreign language. Courses that fulfill this requirement have the designation L/ in their titles.

General Education courses in Foreign Language help students achieve proficiency in listening, reading, speaking, and writing as well as familiarity with other cultures. Not all students will require the same number of courses to achieve proficiency. The various options for demonstrating proficiency are:

  1. Successful completion of four complete years in the same language of a high school level foreign language.
  2. A score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Examination in a foreign language.
  3. Placement beyond the first intermediate level on Geneseo’s language placement examination. This exam is offered at orientation, at designated times during the semester (see the department's web site for dates), or online (this option may require a preapproved proctor and a fee may be assessed by the testing agency).
  4. Completion of college-level work in a foreign language (at Geneseo or another institution) through the first intermediate level. For students seeking certification in education, the language requirement may be met by three semesters of American Sign Language.

Students who entered Geneseo Fall 2012 or later are grandfathered into this new policy and should take the language placement exam to determine where to continue their foreign language studies at Geneseo.

Learning Outcomes: Students will demonstrate,

  • Basic proficiency in the understanding and use of a foreign language.
  • Knowledge of the distinctive features of culture(s) associated with the language they are studying.

Placement in Courses

It is not always possible to determine the appropriate level for every student based on high school experience alone. The Placement Examination is thus the best way to get into the appropriate language course.

Language Placement Examinations are offered at Geneseo in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. For information about our placement test schedule, please call the main office of the Department of Languages and Literatures at 245-5247 (leave a message if prompted) or email the Department Administrative Assistant, Ms. Melinda Skinner, at skinnerm@geneseo.edu.

Placement tests in other languages are available for a fee through NYU or BYU at  NYU Placement Test Here  or https://flats.byu.edu/exam. The language placement test from NYU is available in the following languages:

Afrikaans

Czech

Hebrew 

Norwegian

Swahili

Albanian

Danish

Hindi

Persian

Swedish

Arabic

Dutch

Hungarian

Polish

Tagalog

Armenian

Finnish

Ibo

Portuguese

Thai

Bengali

French

Indonesian

Punjabi

Turkish

Bosnian

German

Italian

Romanian

Ukrainian

Bulgarian

Greek (Modern)

Japanese

Russian

Urdu

Cantonese

Gujarati

Korean

Serbian

Vietnamese

Croatian

Haitian Creole

Mandarin

Spanish 

Yiddish