Placement Testing


Please refer to the Course Catalog to find information regarding the English policy.

Modern Languages

Please refer to the Course Catalog to find information regarding the Modern Language Policy.

Foreign Language Webcape Placement

The on-line placement test will be used for placement purposes only. No credit for language courses will be granted based on the results of this test. Students may take the test from any computer with internet access. Each test takes approximately 15-30 minutes to complete. When the test is completed, you will be given your score. Please print a copy of your results for your records and for academic advisement purposes later.

Please be aware that the test is designed to alternate between asking difficult and easier questions in order to determine your skill level. Do not be discouraged by the more difficult questions that you cannot answer. Just do your best.


  1. Visit the online registration form to register to take the test. You will be charged $10.00 for the exam which can be paid by charge card (you will need your credit card information to register).
  2. Provide the exam registration data (your personal information, payment information, and the language in which you will be tested) and submit the information.
  3. You will receive an email confirmation of your purchase with the link and exam ID (password). You may begin the test at that time or wait to take the exam. If you would like to take the exam later, paste the link provided into your browser and enter your exam ID.
  4. In the testing site, disable all pop-up blockers on your website.
  5. Complete the survey that will identify you with your scores.
  6. Once you begin the exam, do not click outside of the exam window or your exam will be invalidated and terminated.
  7. Print a copy of your results for your records and for academic advisement purposes later.

Please note that this test provides a snapshot of your knowledge that has been correlated with the different levels of foreign language study in college. Still, because it is brief, you may feel that your results do not reflect your abilities. You may discuss your concerns with your advisor at registration and request further evaluation by the foreign language faculty at that time.

Please guard carefully the link and your ID for taking the exam once you have registered. If, however, you have a problem (lose the information), you can contact our providers by email for assistance  at

If you have any questions regarding these instructions, please contact Dr. Anne Wesserling, Lead Instructor of Spanish, at

Score Interpretation

Score over 500: Students should consult with departmental faculty to identify appropriate course or additional testing options.
Score between 351-500: Permission to enroll at the 200 level or above
Score between 251-350: Permission to enroll at the 102 level
Score below 250: Enrollment at the 101 level*
*Students concerned that the test does not reflect their knowledge of the language may request further evaluation by a faculty member who can evaluate listening, speaking, and/or writing skills to determine if enrollment in a higher level course is advisable.


Exemption of the language requirement may be achieved by:

  1. Transfer of equivalent credit from an accredited university.
  2. CLEP. If the test is in a language taught at Brenau, credit will be awarded. For CLEP of other languages, the exemption will be given without credit. (We cannot award credit if we do not teach the class at Brenau.)
  3. Students entering with an A.A. or A.S. degree (as defined by the Brenau Registrar), or with a previous bachelor’s degree are exempt from any additional Liberal Education requirements per Brenau policy.
  4. BYU FLATS (Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service) – available in 50 languages; test must be proctored and takes about 2.5 hours. Students are responsible for any fees incurred for this test. Scores of 60% or above will provide exemption only. NO credit is awarded for FLATS tests. Students must make arrangements with a local public library or college testing center to proctor, pending approval of the Chair of the Brenau Department of Humanities or the Chair’s designee.
    Heritage Speakers: “Heritage” speakers and others with advanced skills in a second language may NOT take 101; they should CLEP or seek placement or exemption through one of the methods described above.

International Students: International students accepted to Brenau with an official TOEFL (internet-based) score of 59 or IELTS score of 5.5 exempt the modern language requirement.

Non-Native English Speakers: If a non-native English speaking student has earned any academic credit from a US-accredited institution, but has not submitted a TOEFL score, then s/he must take a WebCAPE exam or BYU FLAT test to demonstrate competency in their native language or a second language.

If a test taker scores at least a 50 on the CLEP for French/Spanish, s/he receives 6 college credit hours and credit for FH/SH101 and FH/SH102. If the student scores at least a 63 on the CLEP for French/Spanish, s/he receives 12 college credit hours and credit for FH/SH101, FH/SH102, FH/SH201, and FH/SH202. If one scores in between a 50 and a 63, they would only get the 6 college credit hours and credit for FH/SH101 and FH/SH102.