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Placement Information

Modern Languages and Literatures: Recommended courses and placement exams

Chinese Placement Information

If you plan to study Chinese, consult with Professor  Ying Wu regarding which course to take. 

French Placement Information

You’re a student who wants to take a French course. What to do?

Step 1

Begin with your transcript. If you have AP or IB Credit, then please use the table below. The College receives most AP and IB scores in mid-July. If you don’t have AP or IB credit, then please go to Step 2.

French

Student Record:

You should register for:

AP Score 3 or IB HL Score 4—you receive credit for FREN 112

FREN 210

AP Score 4 or IB HL Score 5—you receive credit for FREN 210

FREN 212

AP Score 5 or IB HL Score 6—you receive credit for FREN 212

FREN 250, FREN 255; or other course above FREN 212 with permission of instructor

Step 2

If you have taken some high school French but do not have AP or IB credit, then you start with the French Placement Exam. You may access the exam here. Students will be asked to provide their student ID number and Lake Forest email, and to create a password. After the test, you will receive your score.

French Placement Exam

Placement Score

Placement for Spanish

0 to 349

French 110 or 112

350 to 439

French 210

440 to 499

French 212

500 +

French 250, 255 or other course above 212, with permission of instructor

General guidelines:

  • If you have taken three or more years of high school French, then you will likely place into FREN 210. However, and this is VERY important, if you have not taken French in a year or more, then you should start by taking the placement exam and speaking to a professor in the French section of the Modern Languages and Literatures (MLL) Department.
  • If you had previous coursework in French in high school but less than three years, then start with the placement exam. The placement exam is not an exact science, but it will give you a general gauge. You can follow-up by speaking to your advisor and/or a professor in the French section of MLL.

Step 3

If you have no experience in the language, you should start with FREN 110 which is only offered in the fall semester.

Spanish Placement Information

You’re a student who wants to take a Spanish course. What to do?

Step 1

Begin with your transcript. If you have AP or IB Credit, then please use the table below. The College receives most AP and IB scores in mid-July. If you don’t have AP or IB credit, then please go to Step 2.

Spanish

Student Record:

You should register for:

AP Score 3 or IB HL Score 4—you receive credit for SPAN 111

SPAN 210

AP Score 4 or IB HL Score 5—you receive credit for SPAN 210

SPAN 212

AP Score 5 or IB HL Score 6—you receive credit for SPAN 212

SPAN 255, SPAN 250, or SPAN 260*

*SPAN 260 is only for heritage speakers

*SPAN 255 is generally for non-heritage speakers

*SPAN 250 is for everyone

Step 2

If you have taken some high school Spanish but do not have AP or IB credit, then you start with the Spanish Placement Exam. You may access the exam here. Students will be asked to provide their student ID number and Lake Forest email, and to create a password. After the test, you will receive your score.

Spanish Placement Exam

Placement Score

Placement for Spanish

0 to 349

Spanish 111

350 to 439

Spanish 210

440 to 499

Spanish 212

500 +

250 or 255; or lower level 300 course, with permission of instructor

General Guidelines:

  • If you have taken three or more years of high school Spanish, then you will likely place into SPAN 210. However, and this is VERY important, if you have not taken Spanish in a year or more, then you should start by taking the placement exam and speaking to a professor in the Spanish section of the Modern Languages and Literatures (MLL) Department.
  •  If you had previous coursework in Spanish in high school but less than three years, then start with the placement exam. The placement exam is not an exact science, but it will give you a general gauge. You can follow-up by speaking to your advisor and/or a professor in the Spanish section of MLL.

Step 3

If you have no experience in the language, you should start with SPAN 111 which is only offered in the spring semester. If you are a Spanish heritage speaker, consider SPAN 260: Spanish for Heritage Speakers.