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  1. Who should take the foreign language skills assessment?
  2. When can I take the foreign language skills assessment?
  3. How do I log in to complete the foreign language skills assessment?
  4. How are the scores used?
  5. When do I get my results? What do I do with them?
  6. Is it hard?
  7. Is there a practice test?
  8. Can I take it multiple times?
  9. How long will the assessment take me to complete?
  10. Am I required to take a foreign language in my first semester at SLU?
  11. Why am I placed in a class that repeats information I learned in high school?
  12. What if I don't have access to a computer? Where can I go to take the skills assessments?
  13. Is it free?
  14. What should I do if I still have a question?

 

1. Who should take the foreign language skills assessment?
A foreign language skills assessment is mandatory for all students planning to continue in a language they have previously studied. If you have not taken a foreign language or are wishing to take courses in a language you have not previously studied, you do not need to take the skills assessment.
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2. When can I take the foreign language skills assessment?
All students are required to take a skills assessment prior to coming to campus for SLU 101. Students can take the skills assessments after they register for SLU 101 Summer Orientation. All assessments must be completed 7 days prior to a scheduled SLU 101.
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3. How do I log in to complete the foreign language skills assessment?
Click here to access the skills assessment. 
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4. How are the scores used?

 Your academic advisor will consult your skills assessment score alongside your high school transcript, ACT/SAT scores, incoming credits, and other language experience to help suggest an appropriate course placement.
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5. When do I get my results? What do I do with them?
Results for the foreign language skills assessment will be available to the student immediately upon completion. It is suggested that students print two copies of the results page to bring to SLU 101, and save a copy for their personal records. In addition, all scores will automatically be sent to SLU once a student finishes the assessment (similar to ACT/SAT scores).
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6. Is it hard?
As with any skills assessment, there is a level of challenge that is involved. This instrument is utilized to appropriately measure a student's skill set within a specific subject area. Don't be nervous if a question is challenging or unfamiliar. Answer to the best of your ability and do the best that you can!
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7. Is there a practice test?
Unfortunately, there are no practice tests. It is suggested that students review their high school textbooks relevant to the subject area and brush up on certain skills if possible. Students are able to take each skills assessment twice per language (no more than once in one day). If a student is not satisfied with their results, they should brush up on their skills and take the assessment once again after they have either completed their high school class or feel comfortable with the information. Please note that the most recent score will be the one used when suggesting course recommendations.
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8. Can I take it multiple times?
Each student is allowed to take the skills assessments 2 times per language (no more than once in one day). Students are encouraged to complete the assessments closer to the completion of their high school language classes. Please note, that the most recent scores will be used in suggesting course recommendations.
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9. How long will the assessment take me to complete?
It is suggested that students allow 20 minutes for the foreign language assessment. Once a student begins an assessment he/she cannot stop and continue at a later time. Please provide yourself with enough time to successfully complete.
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10. Am I required to take a foreign language in my first semester at SLU?
Every major is different and your Academic Advisor will be able to provide information about that during your SLU 101 visit. Some curriculums suggest taking a  foreign language within the first year of study, while others are not as prescribed. A good rule of thumb is to take these classes as early as possible so that your skills stay current and strong.
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11. Why am I placed in a class that repeats information I learned in high school?
In some cases, students must take a class that repeats material that they learned in high school. Please note that skills assessment scores are only one factor used in suggesting course placement at SLU. If a student must "retake" a class that was completed in high school, it could be due to the fact that all the factors involved in determining placement didn't match up (high school transcripts, skills assessment scores, etc). We want all of our students to be successful at SLU and since college level courses are typically more rigorous than high school level courses, we must be cautious when suggesting placement into these classes. If this should happen to you, use it as a chance to advance and be successful.
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12. What if I don't have access to a computer? Where can I go to take the skills assessments?
In order to complete the skills assessments, you will need access to a computer with internet connection for an extended period of time. Students that do not have personal computers can consider visiting a public library, high school computer lab, or neighborhood internet café. If none of these options are available, arrangements can be made upon your arrival to SLU 101.
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13. Is it free?
There is no fee associated with taking the skills assessments, however in order for a student to complete the assessment he/she must have registered for SLU 101.
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14. What should I do if I still have a question?

If our Frequently Asked Questions missed your question, please the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at langadmin@slu.edu.  You can also speak with a language faculty member during your SLU 101 visit by stopping by the International Cafe.
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