Language Placement

French and Spanish

Currently, there are placement surveys for French and Spanish languages only. If you are interested in placement surveys for other languages please call to schedule a placement survey with a faculty member 603-862-4005. Please be advised that the elementary level does not require a placement survey. 

If you have any questions, please contact LLC.Dept@unh.edu.

Language Placement Surveys

French placement – Which course should you sign up for?

Which French course is the right fit for you depends on your prior experience with the language, as well as your own motivation for studying French and your level of confidence in what you have learned in previous courses, in your family and community, or in other contexts. This placement page will help to inform and guide you to selecting the course that best fits your needs and your academic plan. However, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us in the Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures.

Overview of French language courses at UNH

Elementary:
FREN 401 – Elementary French I
FREN 402 – Elementary French II
FREN 403 – Review of French

Intermediate:
FREN 503 – Intermediate French I
FREN 504 – Intermediate French II

Advanced
FREN 631 – Advanced French: Reading and Writing
FREN 632 – Advanced French: Listening and Speaking

More information on French courses can be found in UNH’s course catalog.

UNH’s Foreign Language Requirement

Students taking coursework at UNH to satisfy the language requirement for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree must complete two semesters at the elementary level (SPAN 401 & 402) of a language or one semester of a language course beyond the elementary level (503, 504, 631, 632). Students who have taken two or more years of a language in high school are not eligible to receive credit for elementary coursework in that language at UNH, and they are not eligible to use that language to satisfy the language requirement.

Exam scores and placement

Students who have taken the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations (AP exam) in a world language should use the AP exam results for placement in that language at UNH.

French Language – score of 4 or 5
Student will receive credit for FREN 503 and should register for FREN 504.

French Literature AP exam – score of 4 or 5
Student will receive credit for FREN 504 and should register for FREN 631.

If you have any questions about exam scores and placement, please do not hesitate to contact the department.

Placement Language Placement Survey

If you are unsure which French class to register for, then you should take our French Language Placement Survey at the link below to discover which course is recommended for you.

Start French Language Placement Survey
The survey will ask you about your previous experience with French, and this information will be used to recommend a course for you to take at the end.

Remember this: if during the first week of classes you believe that your French class is too easy or too difficult for you, please reach out to your instructor immediately. Your instructor’s email and office hours should appear on the course syllabus, which you should receive on the first day of class. If you are unable to contact your faculty member, please visit the Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures (Murkland 210) and as for further assistance.

There is some flexibility to switch up or down levels during the initial drop/add period, based on available space, but it may also be the case that after an initial adjustment period the class may be the right fit. Note also that the final grade in French classes include a variety of components. You may be successful in the class even if you do not excel in all areas. Preparation outside of class, attendance, and active participation are key to success in all French language classes.

Spanish placement – Which course should you sign up for?

Which Spanish course is the right fit for you depends on your prior experience with the language, as well as your own motivation for studying Spanish and your level of confidence in what you have learned in previous courses, in your family and community, or in other contexts. This placement page will help to inform and guide you to selecting the course that best fits your needs and your academic plan. However, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us in the Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures.

Overview of Spanish language courses at UNH

Elementary:
SPAN 401 – Elementary Spanish I
SPAN 402 – Elementary Spanish II
SPAN 403 – Review of Spanish

Intermediate:
SPAN 503 – Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 504 – Intermediate Spanish II

Advanced
SPAN 631 – Advanced Conversation and Composition I
SPAN 632 – Advanced Conversation and Composition II

More information on Spanish courses can be found in UNH’s course catalog.

UNH’s Foreign Language Requirement

Students taking coursework at UNH to satisfy the language requirement for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree must complete two semesters at the elementary level (SPAN 401 & 402) of a language or one semester of a language course beyond the elementary level (503, 504, 631, 632). Students who have taken two or more years of a language in high school are not eligible to receive credit for elementary coursework in that language at UNH, and they are not eligible to use that language to satisfy the language requirement.

Exam scores and placement

Students who have taken the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations (AP exam) in a world language should use the AP exam results for placement in that language at UNH.

Spanish Language – score of 4 or 5
Student will receive credit for SPAN 503 and should register for SPAN 504.

Spanish Literature AP exam – score of 4 or 5
Student will receive credit for SPAN 504 and should register for SPAN 631.

If you have any questions about exam scores and placement, please do not hesitate to contact the department.

Placement Language Placement Survey

If you are unsure which Spanish class to register for, then you should take our Spanish Language Placement Survey at the link below to discover which course is recommended for you.

Start Spanish Language Placement Survey
The survey will ask you about your previous experience with Spanish, and this information will be used to recommend a course for you to take at the end.

Remember this: if during the first week of classes you believe that your Spanish class is too easy or too difficult for you, please reach out to your instructor immediately. Your instructor’s email and office hours should appear on the course syllabus, which you should receive on the first day of class. If you are unable to contact your faculty member, please visit the Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures (Murkland 210) and as for further assistance.

There is some flexibility to switch up or down levels during the initial drop/add period, based on available space, but it may also be the case that after an initial adjustment period the class may be the right fit. Note also that the final grade in Spanish classes include a variety of components. You may be successful in the class even if you do not excel in all areas. Preparation outside of class, attendance, and active participation are key to success in all Spanish language classes.

Completion of one of these surveys in the summer does not guarantee registration in a language course in the fall term.

French and Spanish Placement Guidelines

More information about French course placement guidelines used at UNH.
More information about Spanish course placement guidelines used at UNH.
 

All Other Languages

Please see a program faculty member for questions about placement in any language other than French and Spanish. Or you may contact Olivia Babin, Administrative Coordinator in Murkland 210L, Olivia.Babin@unh.edu, or (603) 862-4005