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The Department of Global Languages & Cultures administers placement exams in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.

Incoming students who intend to enroll for the first time in any language course at Texas A&M University, who have previous knowledge, however acquired, of the language in which they plan to enroll, and who have no college credit in the language, must take the departmental placement examination to determine the appropriate course for their level of ability. The placement test also serves as a basis for credit by examination. The placement examination will be administered by the department during freshman conferences along with other credit by exam tests. The test will also be offered during Fall and Spring semesters. Students who take the Advanced Placement (AP) test or other acceptable tests which grant college-level credit in their foreign language of choice do not have to take the required departmental placement test. In this case, the AP and Achievement test results may be used for placement.

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International students whose native language is not English are exempted from satisfying the University foreign language requirement. These students are not allowed to register in those courses in their native language that are used to fulfill that requirement.