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Office of First-Year Programs
Ben Trapanick, Director, First-Year Programs
Dwight Hall Room 116
1-508-626-4905
E-mail: btrapanick@framingham.edu

Ashlee Givins, Assistant Director, First-Year Programs
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Dwight Hall Room 116
1-508-626-4637
E-mail: agivins@framingham.edu

Preparing for the World Languages Department Placement Test: Tips To Help You Do Your Best 

Students should review the fundamentals of the language they studied in high school prior to taking the language test. On this page we provide a sample question and answer to familiarize you with the format of the test. This test is available for assessment of French, Chinese, and Spanish languages.

Students who scores a 2 in the Avant Placement test (the equivalent of mastery of an Elementary I language course at the University) will be granted a waiver of the General Education Goal 3/Domain I-C. They will still need to complete 32 courses to graduate, but can substitute an elective for the Goal 3/Domain 1-C course no longer required of them.

Additionally, the placement test score will indicate which course level of language study will be appropriate for students opting to continue their study of another language at the University level:

Placement Code Interpretation
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1 in the Avant Placement test, must take Elementary I

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2 in the Avant Placement test, must take Elementary II if choosing the language option
2* in the Avant Placement test, must take Elementary II if choosing the language option

2 3 in the Avant Placement test, must take Intermediate I if choosing the language option
3* in the Avant Placement test, must take Intermediate I if choosing the language option
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4 in the Avant Placement test, must take Intermediate II if choosing the language option
4* in the Avant Placement test , must take Intermediate II if choosing the language option

4 5 or above in the Avant Placement test, must take any 300 level course if choosing the language option
5 Completed Level IV in high school.  May take 300-level and above.
6 Waiver received from World Languages Department Chair.  May take any language course, though not required to do so.


For both of these reasons, it is important for students to do their best on this placement test; an accurate assessment of language proficiency will assure students of placement at the correct level of study. It is important to note that: “Students who place themselves into an elementary or intermediate course for which their proficiency exceeds that of the course level will be removed from the course with no credit given.”


Language/culture elements represented on the placement test include the following:
General vocabulary and expressions
Subject and object pronouns
Possessive and prepositional pronouns
Adjective agreement
Present, past and future indicative verb forms
The subjunctive verb mode
Reading comprehension
Geography and culture of representative countries

Sample Language Placement questions: http://www.avantassessment.com/stamp_4s_sample_test_for_Placement_test_takers

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