Languages and Cultures

West Chester University

Dr. Jerome Williams
109 Main Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048
Jerome Williams


Placement Test

The Placement test serves two functions:

(1) Students who wish to take the online placement test to test out of the language requirement must take it onsite in the Language Learning Center at 200 Main Hall; no exceptions. The only scores that will be accepted are those achieved through onsite testing in the LLC.

To test out of the language requirement, students must sign up personally to take the test in the LLC. Students can arrange to come in to the LLC to take the test by scheduling an appointment by phone (610-436-2328), or by email to the director of the LLC, Marlies Persch (mpersch@wcupa.edu). She will provide instructions and the times when the test will be administered on site in the LLC.

Testing out of the language requirement does not award you academic credit; academic credit is available through the CLEP test or Credit by Examination (CBE). Please see the department chair about signing up for CLEP and/or CBE, or for the tranlation exam for students who are native speakers of languages other than those offered by the Department of Languages and Cultures.

When you test out of the language requirement, this information is sent to the Registrar's Office, your department chair and advisor.

(2) Students wishing to take the placement test to determine the course or particular level at which they should begin their language study should also contact Mrs. Persch for procedures for equivalency placement. For testing for placement purposes only in Chinese, French, German, Russian or Spanish, students may use the following site: 

Before taking the test, please send an email to mpersch@wcupa.edu with the following information:

  • Foreign languages studied__________________________________
  • Courses taken in the language and grades received______________
  • How many years?_________________________________________

Minors and majors in a language must still complete the full number of courses required by the department, regardless of their beginning level of study.