Frequently Asked Questions

I want to study a foreign language to transfer to a four-year university. What do I do?

For students beginning a new language, they should register for the beginning level of that language (FRE-111/181, SPA 111/181). You do not need to take a placement test.


What university-level foreign languages are offered at Wake Tech? Which semester are they offered?

Wake Tech offers the following levels of French and Spanish. Students must complete one level to advance to the next one.

Language and Levels Required lab Semester
French Elementary level I (FRE 111) FRE 181 Fall/Spring 16-week semester
French Elementary Level II (FRE 112) FRE 182 Fall/Spring 16-week semester
French Intermediate Level I (FRE 211) FRE 281 Varies

 

Language and Levels Required lab Semester
Spanish Elementary level I (SPA 111) SPA 181 Fall/Spring 16-week semester, and summer 8-week session
Spanish Elementary Level II (SPA 112) SPA 182 Fall/Spring 16-week semester, and summer 8-week session
Intermediate Spanish I (SPA 211) SPA 281 Fall/Spring 16-week semester, and summer 8-week session

All the sections of the foreign language course I want to take are full. What do I do?

During the add/drop period at the beginning of the semester, spaces sometimes open in classes. Before the start of the semester, the lecture courses (111, 112, and 211) have waitlists.


I took Elementary Spanish/French at my university. How do I register for the next level?

I’m a visiting student. I took Elementary Spanish/French at my university. What do I do to register for the next level?

Please contact [email protected]. Please include your WTCC ID number and a copy of your transcript showing the credit received for your Spanish classes.


I have taken the Advanced Placement Test. Do I need to take the Placement exam at Wake Tech?

I have taken or will take the Advanced Placement (AP) French or Spanish/Literature Test. Do I need to take the Placement exam at Wake Tech?

You will not need to take the placement test. Your AP test score will determine where you place, as well as any course credit to be posted to your transcript.


I just took the French or Spanish Placement exam but unable to enroll in the class. What is wrong?

Placement exam scores are keyed as soon as possible. Please check your student email for email confirmation that you are able to register.


How do I take a French or Spanish Placement Exam?

Students who want to continue studying a language that they have previously studied, take a placement test to determine the correct course in which to enroll. A placement test is taken only once, and results are used to determine course placement. Once students begin the language sequence, they are encouraged to continue to follow the sequence until they have met their transfer degree path. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor to determine how credits earned through placement may affect their transfer status, degree completion, and financial aid.

Detailed information about Wake Tech’s Foreign Languages Placement Exam


I was placed into a course that is either too difficult or too easy for me. What should I do?

The Foreign Languages and Fine Arts Department’s goal is to have students enrolled in the course that is at the right level for them. During the first week of the semester, students who are placed into a course level that is either too difficult or too easy should email the Department Head Melania Aguirre-Rabon at [email protected].


I’m a working professional and I want to learn Spanish for both my job and for personal reasons.

I’m a working professional and I want to learn Spanish for both my job and for personal reasons. However, I don’t need credits for the class.

For non-credit foreign language courses, please explore the offerings through the Workplace Continuing Education Division.