Language Placement Testing and Exemption
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Foreign Language Requirement
"The faculty considers competence in a foreign language essential for an educated person. Studying language other than one's own helps students understand the dynamics of language, our fundamental intellectual tool, and enables students to understand another culture. The sooner a student acquires competence, the sooner it will be useful. Hence, work toward the foreign language requirement should be undertaken in the first two years." -- (Cornell University Courses of Study)
Courses in foreign languages and/or literature are taught in the College of Arts and Sciences by the following departments: Africana Studies & Research Center, Asian Studies, China and Asia-Pacific Studies, Classics, Comparative Literature, German Studies, Linguistics, Near Eastern Studies, and Romance Studies. Asian languages offered are Bengali, Burmese, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi-Urdu, Indonesian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Nepali, Pali, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Tibetan (Classical and Modern), Urdu, and Vietnamese.
The language requirement may be satisfied in one of two ways:
- Option 1: Passing (a) a nonintroductory foreign language course of 3 or more credits at Cornell at the 2000 level or above or(b)any other nonintroductory course at the 2000-level or above conducted in a foreign language at Cornell.
- Option 2: Passing at least 11 credits of study in a single foreign language (taken in the appropriate sequence) at Cornell.
Any exceptions to these rules will be noted elsewhere in individual department descriptions. See the section on exemptions below.
Placement in Asian Language Courses
- Placement tests are used for the purposes of course placement or exemption.
- No course credit may be earned through a placement test.
- Credit is only given if granted exemption (see below).
Placement tests are offered online for Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, and Korean at http://collt.lrc.cornell.edu. For testing in other languages, consult the language contact listed below. The instructor will need to complete a placement (or exemption) form to be submitted to the department for processing.
A placement test IS NOT needed for:
- Students with no background in the language at all. You may enroll directly in the elementary level (some exceptions may apply, so please check individual courses for more information).
A placement test IS needed for:
- Students who have had two or more years of high school study in the language.
- Students who are bilingual or native speakers, or who have spoken the language at home.
- Students who have been awarded credit for language work at another college or university and wish to continue with the language at Cornell.
- The placement exam may have been taken in high school (SAT II, taken after the last course, or AP, if the score was 4 or 5) or at Cornell (LP Test). Our instructors will still want to test which level is suitable.
Exemption from an Asian Language
Exemption tests are offered each semester during the week classes begin, with one make-up exam offered that same week after the initial exam. No other exams will be offered until the following semester. Students are responsible for verifying exam dates.
A maximum of 3 credits is given only if granted exemption through testing. For the College of Arts & Sciences: “students whose speaking, reading, and writing competence in a language other than English is at the same level we would expect our entering freshmen to have in English (as shown by completing high school in that language or by special examination during their first year here at Cornell) are exempt from the college's language requirement.” (Cornell University Courses of Study)
Students outside of the College of Arts & Sciences, if granted exemption, should contact their own College Registrar. Each College stipulates their own policy regarding how credits are distributed.
Students will receive a message via the online testing site (COLLT) once they have completed the test; however, that message will not contain placement information. Once the results are processed, students will receive official placement notification via email from a language program instructor.
These results are also submitted to the Asian Studies Department within one week of the exam. If exemption is granted, the department office will send the credit results directly to the student’s College Registrar. After that, based on their policy standards, each college will post the credit determination to the student’s transcript.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule of Examinations
Placement tests are now scheduled for Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, and Korean at both basic and advanced levels. For testing in other languages, please contact the language instructor by email listed below.
Levels: BENGL 2202 and 3302
Date and Time: Tests will need to be held in two separate sessions: a 15-30-minute individual interview followed by a 1-hour reading/writing test. Testing will commence on February 1, 2021. Students will need to email Razima Chowdhury (email@example.com) to make appointments for the interview to be scheduled between February 1-5, 2021.
Location: Independently via Zoom.
All students with any previous experience with Chinese are required to take a placement test to determine the right course for them.
Students with no family background in any dialect of Chinese should take the online Mandarin Placement Test, at https://collt.lrc.cornell.edu/. Students may take the test once per semester only. Results from this test cannot be used to pass any college language requirement or to be exempted from that requirement.
Levels: For Placement (Non-Heritage only)
Date and Time: Anytime (For Spring 2021 courses, please take by January 28, 2021)
All students with any family experience in any dialect of Chinese are required to take the placement test (CASE) for heritage speakers. Students must fill out the registration form and email as a PDF attachment to Stephanie Divo (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Levels: For Placement (Heritage only)
Test Dates: January 28, 2021, 10:00-11:30am
Please note: There will be no exemption test (for those seeking course credits, or for exemption from a college language requirement) offered this semester except for May 2021 Arts & Sciences graduates. Qualified students should contact Su George (苏老师, at email@example.com) by January 21st. We hope to resume regular exemption testing in Fall 2021.
Hindi and Urdu
Date and Time: February 8th, 8:00pm
(Make-Up on February 11th)
Location: Via Zoom: https://cornell.zoom.us/j/94360386620?pwd=YjJaY3BwelE4TElsbjJKbXlQSzhYZz09
Date and Time: Students will need to email Jolanda Pandin (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make appointments for the test to be scheduled between February 1-4, 2021.
Location: Via Zoom
All students with any knowledge of Japanese are required to take a placement test to determine the right course for them. The placement test can be taken anywhere, anytime of the year online. Students can take the test once per semester only. Additional writing test may be required.
Levels: For Placement
Date and Time: Anytime (For Spring 2021 courses, please take by January 25, 2021)
Location: On-Line: http://collt.lrc.cornell.edu/
For exemption, please contact Sahoko Ichikawa: email@example.com.
All students with any knowledge of Korean are required to take a placement test to determine the right course for them. The placement test can be taken anywhere, anytime of the year online. Students can take the test once per semester only. Results from this test cannot be used to pass any college language requirement or to be exempted from that requirement. For exemption in Korean, you must take the Korean exemption test.
Levels: For Placement
Date and Time: Anytime
Location: On-Line: http://collt.lrc.cornell.edu/
Exemption Test Dates: February 4, 2020, 4:00-6:00pm and February 5, 2020, 1:00-3:00pm.
Contact Hankyul Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the exemption test (synchronous zoom meeting) by February 1st.
|Bengali:||Razima Chowdhury||303 Rockefelleremail@example.com|
|Burmese:||Yu Yu Khaing||302 Rockefellerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Chinese-Mandarin:||Stephanie Divo||387 Rockefelleremail@example.com|
|Hindi-Urdu:||Sujata Singh||309 Rockefellerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Indonesian:||Jolanda Pandin||306 Rockefelleremail@example.com|
|Japanese:||Misako Suzuki||377 Rockefellerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Khmer:||Hannah Phan||301 Rockefelleremail@example.com|
|Korean:||Meejeong Song||388A Rockefellerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Nepali:||Hom Acharya||339 Rockefelleremail@example.com|
|Pali:||Anne Blackburn||346 Rockefellerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sanskrit:||Larry McCrea||347 Rockefelleremail@example.com|
|Sinhala:||Bandara Herath||336 Rockefellerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tagalog (Filipino):||M. Theresa Savella||330 Rockefelleremail@example.com|
|Thai:||Ngampit Jagacinski||304 Rockefellerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Vietnamese:||Thuy Tranviet||335 Rockefelleremail@example.com|