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Placement Exams

The Department of World Languages and Cultures currently offers language courses in Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin and Spanish.

All students MUST take a placement exam prior to enrolling in a course in that language. Students with no prior study, as well as those who have no formal or informal exposure to a language will, understandably, place into the first level course and the exam streamlines that process. Once a student has completed the placement exam, the results will be input into the registrar’s database to automatically allow registration into the appropriate level course.

All placement exams are free. Consult the department office for exams in Greek, Japanese and Latin. The placement exams for Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish are online: http://webchttp://webcape.org/ape.org/?acct=unlv. If that link fails to connect automatically, cut and paste it into your browser. The password to take the exam is “rebel”.

The link above leads directly to the test selection page for UNLV. Alternatively, this link: http://webcape.org/ will lead to the general test site, from which the student can select UNLV on the list of universities. The password to take the test is the same: rebel. The exam may be taken only once per semester.

Heritage Spanish speakers may not enroll in lower-division classes numbered 113, 114, 213, 214 in that language. These students are encouraged to follow the chart for Spanish placement into 126, 226 or 227, and/or to consult with the department advisor in Spanish: Dr. Galindo (jorge.galindo@unlv.edu). During the summer months, those students should contact the department office for an appointment with the summer advisor.

If students remain in a class for which, in the opinion of the course instructor, they are too advanced, they will be subject to administrative drop.

After initial placement, language courses 113, 114, 213, 214 or, alternatively for heritage Spanish speakers, 126, 226 and 227, must be taken in sequential order. Students may not enroll concurrently in any of these courses in the same language.

Students or advisors who have questions about placement should contact the Department of World Languages and Cultures, 702-895-3431.