Foreign Language Placement Exams

The main objective of foreign language placement exams is to determine the best level for students to continue their French or Spanish language studies at Wake Tech. Course placement is important as students improve their language skills at Wake Tech, so that upon transfer, students may successfully continue their studies at a four-year institution.

Credits earned through a placement exam can count towards graduation requirements at Wake Tech. However, 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. Each college and university have their own guidelines, therefore the implications of credits earned through placement exams may vary based on individual student pathways for transfer.

Students may be eligible to take a foreign language placement test if they fall into one or more of the following categories:

  1. The student has recently earned a grade of B (87) or better consistently in three courses of high school study of the same language.
  2. The student has recently lived or studied in a French or Spanish speaking country, for more than six months.
  3. The student has interacted and/or communicated in French or Spanish daily at work or in another formal setting.

How do I take a French or Spanish Placement Exam?

The eLearning Testing Center (eLTC) at the Scott Northern Wake Campus will accommodate limited in-person testing appointments starting on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 through Wednesday, December 15, 2021.  French or Spanish Placement exam appointments must be confirmed three to five weekdays before the desired testing date.  Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.   

Campus Location Time and Day
Scott Northern Wake Campus
6600 Louisburg Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27606
Building F, Room 303
Mon.-Thu. 8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Doors close at 7:30 p.m.)
Fri. 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Sat. 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Sun. - Closed
(No exams will be administered within one hour of closing times)

Steps to make an appointment:

  1. Email your request to [email protected]
  2. In the email subject line, please type “Foreign Language Placement Exam Request”
  3. Include
  • Student’s first and last name
  • Wake Tech ID number
  • the date and time you want to schedule the appointment. (Allow 3 to 5 business days for appointments)
  • the Placement Exam language you want to take, either French or Spanish

On the testing day:

  • Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
  • When you arrive on campus, please follow posted signs to enter building F. Please plan to come alone.
  • You will be required to show your Wake Tech ID.
  • You will be required to wear a mask.
  • You will be in a room with the Test Proctor and occupancy will be based on state social distancing requirements in place.
  • For safety guidelines and protocols for the COVID-19 Pandemic, please visit the following link, Safety Guidelines & Protocols for the COVID-19 Pandemic | Wake Technical Community College

Information about French and Spanish Placement Exams

Note: Students who have completed a curriculum foreign language course at Wake Tech are not eligible to take placement exams. 

Placement tests are free to Wake Tech students; they may be taken only once while attending Wake Tech. Tests are given using computerized adaptive software. The tests last 5–40 minutes, and results are given immediately.

During the drop and add period at the start of the semester, students who successfully place out of FRE and/or SPA 111/181 will need to drop that class and add the appropriate level of language to study. Alternatively, they may add another class that they may need to meet their degree requirements at Wake Tech. If students have questions regarding which classes, they should take for their degree at Wake Tech, they need to consult with an Academic Advisor.


Questions? Contact [email protected]