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Language Placement Guidelines and Regulations

As you consider taking courses in Romance languages and literatures, we realize you may have past language experience, or this may be your first formal exposure to the study of language. Here are some guidelines to help you choose the appropriate course for you.

Past Experience

If you studied a Romance language in high school and would like to continue studying it at Colgate, you should register for the appropriate course as explained below. In all matters of placement, the department makes the final determination, usually on the first day of classes when we check the language background of all our students.

If you have attained considerable fluency from language practice out of the country, at home, or in some other informal, non-classroom manner, you should consult with the department chair for placement. Likewise, if you have advanced placement (AP) credit or transfer credit from another college, you must consult the Department Chair for placement.

If you who fail to do so and register for a course considered below your appropriate level, you will not receive credit.

Exceptions

  1. If you have finished Level II and need to meet the language requirement, you are automatically permitted to register for 101 if your prior achievement is considered to be poor.
  2. If you have had a break in your language study of two years or more or if you have an SAT verbal score below 450, you may in some instances — with permission of the department chair — register for credit courses at a lower level than indicated above.

French and Italian

Secondary School Placement Colgate Placement
No previous study 121
Level I 121
Level II: Fair to good achievement 102 (Spring)
Level II: Very good to excellent achievement 201
Level III 201
Level IV: Fair to good achievement or CEEB below 570 201
Level IV: Very good achievement or CEEB 570-630 202
Level IV: Excellent achievement or CEEB above 630 350
Level V: Fair achievement or CEEB below 570 201
Level V: Good achievement or CEEB 570-630 202
Very good to excellent achievement or CEEB above 630 350
AP language score of 3 202
AP literature score of 3 or 4 350
AP language score of 4 or 5 350
AP literature score of 5 301, 350, or 400 w/permission

Spanish

Secondary School Placement Colgate Placement
No previous study 121
Level 1 121
Level II: Fair to good achievement 102 (Spring)
Level II: Very good to excellent achievement 201
Level III 201
Level IV: Fair to good achievement or CEEB below 550 201
Level IV: Very good achievement or CEEB 550-620 202
Level IV: Excellent achievement or CEEB above 620 350 or 361 or 362*
Level V: Fair achievement or CEEB below 550 201
Level V: Good achievement or CEEB 550-620 202
Level V: Very good to excellent achievement or CEEB above 620 350 or 361 or 362*
AP language score of 3 202
AP literature score of 3 or 4 350 or 361 or 362*
AP language score of 4 350 or 361 or 362*
AP literature score of 5 350, 361, 362, or 400 w/permission*
AP language score of 5 350


*Students who are unsure as to which of these courses is appropriate for them should consult with a member of the Spanish faculty.