Placement Tests

  • The Department of Foreign Languages administers Advanced Standing Exams for 3200, 3302 and 3303 in French, German and Spanish. The form and instructions can be found here.

    Please contact Nina Burnette for details, (470) 578-6366.

    Application Forms
  • For the Department of Foreign Languages (DFL), Kennesaw State University only administers and accepts CLEP Subject Examinations for French, German, and Spanish. Examinees must be a currently registered student at Kennesaw State University in order to be tested at KSU. Students will not be permitted to take a CLEP exam or to receive credit by examination for a course in which the student is currently or was previously enrolled, unless the student withdrew from the course within the drop/add registration period.

    All CLEP exams are computerized and are completed in one sitting; EXCEPT the CLEP Composition Modular exam. This exam requires two appointments. The first appointment consists of a 90-minute computerized multiple-choice exam. Upon passing this section the student will then make his/her second appointment along with another sitting fee of $22.00. The second appointment is a timed 90 minute typed essay (typed on the computer in Word).

    More information: 

  • The Department of Foreign Languages (DFL) offers Computerized Adaptive Placement Exam (CAPE) in French, German, and Spanish. The CAPE developed by Brigham Young University is widely used across the country as a language placement instrument. When combined with other information, the results of these examinations assist the Department of Foreign Languages in placing a student in the appropriate level language course.

    The Department of Foreign Languages is continually faced with the task of advising and placing freshmen and transfer students in appropriate courses. This decision is often based primarily upon the number of classes the student has previously taken in the language. However, placement on this basis does not take into account several important factors which determine the student's actual facility with the language, such as the effectiveness of the student's past teacher(s), the specific information covered, extracurricular, and/or other out-of-class exposure to the language.

    CAPE uses state-of-the-art computer testing techniques to place students accurately and efficiently in the first two years (beginning I to intermediate II) of college language courses. The exam selects each new test item as a result of the answer given to the previous question. When the student answers an item correctly, a more difficult question is presented; if an item is answered incorrectly, an easier question is given. In short, the test "adapts" to the student's level of ability and will accurately determine the student's competency level in about twenty minutes.

    Some of the benefits of using CAPE over conventional paper-and-pencil type tests include the reduction of the testing time to about twenty minutes since fewer test items are necessary. Boredom and frustration are diminished by eliminating items that are far too easy or much too difficult for an individual student.

    CAPE provides immediate feedback. Upon completion of the exam, students are able to see their score.

    How It Works

    After starting CAPE, the student enters his or her name and KSU ID number and responds to questions regarding his/her previous language experiences to initiate a test record file.

    Once the record identification information is entered, the computer prepares the student for the test. The first screen briefly explains that the student is to respond to multiple choice questions by typing and confirming the letter of the correct answer.

    To ensure that the student has understood the instructions, a sample test item is given. At this point, the actual test begins.

    The computerized adaptive placement exams are designed to provide individualized testing, identifying the student's ability level with combinations of grammar, reading, and vocabulary questions. The adaptive testing algorithm has been written so that the first six questions serve as “level checkers.” After the first six items, the test begins to “probe” in order to fine-tune the measurement by increasing or decreasing the difficulty by one level after each response. The test terminates if 1) the student answers incorrectly four questions at the same difficulty level, or 2) the student answers five questions at the highest difficulty level possible.

    By requiring at least four misses at a given level, the test makes allowances for lucky guesses or inadvertent errors due to lack of concentration, nervousness, or other distractions. To avoid duplicate questions, the index to the question is flagged. When a question is used during the test, a sequential file is created to show the student's performance during the test.

    At the conclusion of the test, the computer displays the performance level of the student. The student then consults the placement chart (as determined by the Department of Foreign Languages) that lists the ranges of performance levels that pertain to the various language courses of the curriculum. Thus, the student is immediately advised of the class that appears most suited to his or her ability level.

    Procedure for taking the CAPE Exam

    Students unsure of what level Spanish, French or German language course in which to register, should contact Patricia Tilbian, Lab Coordinator, Foreign Language Resource Center/Language Lab, Pilcher 134, (678) 797-2197. She will schedule the CAPE exam and upon completion, the student will be placed in the appropriate level language class up to the 2002 level.

    Students may also go online and take the exam from home by following these instructions:

    Go to:

    Then, you will have to register and pay for the exam ($10). Choose the appropriate language from the drop-down menu. After completing the short survey you can begin the exam."

    When the online placement exam is complete, you will receive an overall score (points). Please note the RANGE OF SCORES FOR PLACEMENT PURPOSES area and the course level that corresponds to your points. This is the course in which KSU recommends you enroll.

    If the recommendation is for the 2001 or 2002 level, you must complete a pre-requisite override request form.

    PLEASE NOTE: You must complete the Online Placement Exam and have the pre-requisite override form approved before you can register for 2001 or 2002 level courses.

    Email for questions.

  • The KSU Academic Testing Services Team has officially assumed responsibility for administering the Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service (FLATS). FLATS exams offer students the opportunity to receive credit by examination for language proficiency in over 50 foreign languages. For more information about FLATS, please visit or call the KSU Academic Testing Services Team at 470-578-4800 (Kennesaw Campus) 470-578-3982 (Marietta Campus).

  • The state of Georgia requires candidates for educator certification to take the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators® (GACE®) as part of the educator certification process. These computer-delivered assessments have been developed by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) and Educational Testing Service (ETS).

    The purpose of the GACE assessments is to assure that the knowledge and skills acquired by prospective Georgia educators are aligned with state and national standards for educator preparation and with state standards for the P–12 student curriculum — the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS).

    The GACE website is the best source of information for questions regarding test administration, test preparation, and related GACE issues

  • The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) or Chinese Proficiency Test is a standardized test designed and developed by the HSK Center of Beijing Language and Culture University to assess the Chinese language proficiency of nonnative speakers. The test is supervised by the State HSK Commission under the People Republic of China Ministry of Education. The worldwide test can be taken three times a year at the Confucius Institute at Kennesaw State University.

    Application Forms
  • Procedures for OPI scheduling:

    FLED candidates can consult the OPI Familiarization Manual for more information.

    Prior to Registering Online: You must confirm 2-3 available dates with the Proctor (Sonja Francois.) These dates must be at least 10 (ten) business days from the first requested date.

    Information needed to apply online:

    Register online at:

    • Click on the "Apply for Academic Test" link
    • Click on GA Teacher Only under the "Apply on Internet" column
    • Proctor Name: Sonja Francois
      Phone: 470-578 7687

    You must purchase a phone card in order to place and charge the phone call for your scheduled OPI appointment.

    Cost of phone interview: $134.00, however, the fee is determined by ACTFL and beyond the authority of KSU, so fees may increase without prior notice. 

    Mock Interviews:

    Ms. Karen Graf (Spanish) and Dr. Bill Griffin (French) are willing to help students do a "mock" interview prior to taking the OPI.

    Additional Instructions for FLED majors:

    A recommendation for a teaching certificate in a foreign language requires a rating of Advanced Low (for Type I languages) or Intermediate High (for Type II languages) on the official Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). Candidates in the Alternative Teacher Preparation Program in Foreign Languages must provide a copy of their OPI certificate with the appropriate rating before being admitted to theYearlong Clinical Internship I (FLED 4670). Undergraduate degree candidates (B.A. in Modern Language & Culture: Concentration II) must submit a copy of the official certificate during Yearlong Clinical Experience I (FLED 4650) in order to complete course requirements.