Foreign Language Test

Students enrolling in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS), the Exploratory Studies, or the Poole College of Management (PCOM) are encouraged to take the SAT II in a Foreign Language (along with their Math SAT II) so that they will know their foreign language placement before attending Orientation. Students should make arrangements with their high school guidance counselor to take the Math and Foreign Language SAT II tests.

Students enrolling in CHASS or PCOM who have not taken the SAT II or the AP test in a Foreign Language will be directed to take a placement test during Orientation. Students in all other colleges who did not meet the university FL* 102 proficiency requirement (as explained below), or who wish to take a foreign language, also need to take the placement test during Orientation.

Computerized placement tests in French, German, Spanish, and Latin are offered during Orientation. For all other languages, students should go to and contact the appropriate faculty member. If students are beginning a language they have never studied before, they should enroll in FL* 101.

All students at NC State must demonstrate competency at the Elementary II level in a foreign language (FL* 102) as a requirement for graduation. Students who do not meet the proficiency requirement as determined by a review of the student’s high school record by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions – two years of high school study of the same language with a grade of ‘C’ or better in each of the two years – must take a placement test. Students enrolling in programs in which the Intermediate I level (FL* 201) is required (CHASS and PCOM), or students in other programs who wish to take a foreign language, must also take a placement test.

For further details regarding the foreign language requirement and placement testing, visit the website: If you have questions, contact the Associate Department Head of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Dr. Dudley Marchi at