Second Language Placement Test

The Second Language requirement at St. Michael's requires students earning a Bachelor of Arts degree to complete or place out of the equivalent of two semesters of college-level language learning. Students can meet the requirement in four ways:

  1. Pass the 101 and 102 courses (101/211 in Latin) at St. Michael's in any language (students may possibly place into 102 via the placement test and successfully meet the requirement in one semester). Spanish, French, and Latin will be offered at St. Michael's in the 2019-20 academic year.
  2. Score a 3 or higher (4 in Latin) on a language Advanced Placement exam.
  3. Achieve the following scores on an SAT Subject Test: Modern Hebrew - 510; Chinese - 590; Italian, Japanese, Latin, or Spanish - 600; French - 610.
  4. Test out of the requirement via the St. Michael's Placement Test (info below)

It is strongly recommended that all students who have previously studied a language take a placement test, regardless of their intended major (B.A. or B.S.) or desire to continue a particular language at St. Michael's. Students who have fulfilled the language requirement via testing may wish to continue studying that language; if so, you should request an upper-level course in a language via the Course Interest form or a conversation with your entrance advisor.

French and Spanish Placement

Placement tests in French and Spanish have both an online multiple-choice exam and a follow-up written component for most students. Again, it is strongly recommended that all students who have previously studied a language take a placement test, regardless of their intention to continue at St. Michael's. Please follow these instructions:
  1. Access the placement test at this link.
  2. Please use the password exactly as listed: knights1 (all lower case).
  3. Choose French or Spanish (for other languages, see below).
  4. After successful login to the placement test Web page, you will then be asked to enter your name and SMCID number. Supply an email address to initiate a test record file. Please answer all the other questions on that page.
  5. Once the record identification information is entered, the computer will prepare the test for you. The first screen briefly explains that you are to respond to multiple choice questions by selecting and confirming the letter of the correct answer. The test takes approximately 20 minutes to complete, depending on your level. To ensure you have understood the instrucĀ­tions, a sample test item is given. After this screen, the test begins. As you proceed through the test, the computer selects and displays items based upon your previous responses to previous items.
  6. At the conclusion of the test, the computer displays your performance level. It is advisable to print a copy of the screen showing your score. Once you complete the placement test, your scores will also be sent directly to the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literature at Saint Michael’s College.
  7. Refer to the score matrix listed below for recommended placement. Your entrance advisor and registration staff will also review your score and placement.
  8. If you score above 240, you should take the written portion of the placement test. Instructions will follow.
  9. If your test session is interrupted and you have not completed the placement test, you must login again and enter your information EXACTLY as you did when you started the test and then click Resume.
  10. Students take the placement test only once. If taken multiple times, only the first score will be counted.
After taking the online portion of the exam for French or Spanish, you will receive a tentative placement in courses based on the following scores (with placement confirmed by the written portion):
  • Scores between 0-258: FR/SP 101
  • Scores between 259-319: FR/SP 102
  • Scores between320-369: FR/SP 203
  • Scores 370 and above: FR/SP 206 or advanced course, based on written portion.

Latin Placement

Students who have previously studied Latin and wish to continue at St. Michael's will be placed in Latin courses based on previous experience, with placement then confirmed by a multiple-choice placement test at the outset of the fall semester (online version of this test forthcoming, and placement may then be confirmed sooner). Students who wish to study Latin at St. Michael's should discuss their prior experience with their entrance advisors.

Languages Other Than French, Spanish, or Latin

Students who have studied languages other than French, Spanish or Latin may still test for proficiency for the purposes of fulfilling the Bachelor of Arts Core Curriculum requirements (and may wish to take advanced courses in those languages at the University of Vermont in future semesters as available, via a St. Michael's agreement with UVM). It is strongly recommended that all students who have previously studied a language take a placement test, regardless of their intended major or desire to continue that language at St. Michael's.

For those who have studied Chinese, Italian, or German, an online placement test is available. Follow instructions below to take this exam. For those with experience in other languages, please contact Prof. Peter Vantine, Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literature, to arrange a written placement test after arriving on campus this fall.

  1. Access the placement test at this link.
  2. Please use the password exactly as listed: knights1 (all lower case).
  3. Choose Chinese, Italian, or German (for French or Spanish, see above).
  4. After successful login to the placement test Web page, you will then be asked to enter your name and SMCID number. Supply an email address to initiate a test record file. Please answer all the other questions on that page.
  5. Once the record identification information is entered, the computer will prepare the test for you. The first screen briefly explains that you are to respond to multiple choice questions by selecting and confirming the letter of the correct answer. The test takes approximately 20 minutes to complete, depending on your level. To ensure you have understood the instrucĀ­tions, a sample test item is given. After this screen, the test begins. As you proceed through the test, the computer selects and displays items based upon your previous responses to previous items.
  6. At the conclusion of the test, the computer displays your performance level. It is advisable to print a copy of the screen showing your score. Once you complete the placement test, your scores will also be sent directly to the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literature at Saint Michael’s College.
  7. If your test session is interrupted and you have not completed the placement test, you must login again and enter your information EXACTLY as you did when you started the test and then click Resume.
  8. Students take the placement test only once. If taken multiple times, only the first score will be counted.

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