It is very important for you to begin your language studies at Salem State at the appropriate level. If you have studied a language in high school or if you speak the language due to life experience, you should not enroll in the 101-level course. The 101 course is designed for beginners who have very little or no prior experience with the language.
Language Placement Guidelines
Students who have previous experience with a language other than English, should follow the department’s placement guidelines listed below. It is also worthwhile to contact Chairperson Kenneth Reeds.
Course Basic guidelines for placement
No experience in the language (true beginner)
Less than two years of high school study in the language
Less than 400 in the SAT-II
2-3 years of high school language study
400-460 in SAT-II test
3-4 years of high school language study
461-559 in SAT-II test
Documented achievement of the intermediate level on the Seal of Biliteracy will earn a student 3 credits (201 level).
4-5 years of high school language study
At least 560 in SAT-II test
3 in the AP test
Documented achievement of the intermediate-high level on the Seal of Biliteracy will earn a student 6 credits (201-202 level).
Five or more years previous language study
Above 700 in SAT-II test
4 or 5 in AP test
Or permission of the department’s chairperson
Documented achievement of the advanced-low level on the Seal of Biliteracy will earn a student 9 credits (201, 202, and 300 level).
It is considered academically dishonest for native speakers, heritage speakers (those who learned a language through family or life experience), or students with significant prior study of a language (in secondary school or at another institution of higher education) to enroll in elementary-level language courses. Students who intentionally conceal their language background and place themselves into elementary-level language courses may face charges of academic dishonesty which can result in exclusion from the course and the filing of a report of Academic Misconduct. See the University’s policy on Academic Integrity for more information about academic dishonesty.