Department of Foreign Languages

Advanced Standing Examinations:

Advanced Standing Examinations are administered by the Department of Foreign Languages. The cost for each examination is $60.00 to be paid at the Bursar's Office after having obtained the required signatures from the Department of Foreign Languages.

Please contact Nina Burnette for more information.

Application Forms

College Level Examination Program (CLEP):

For the Department of Foreign Languages (DFL), Kennesaw State University only administers and accepts CLEP Subject Examinations for French, German, and Spanish. Examinees must be a currently registered student at Kennesaw State University in order to be tested at KSU. Students will not be permitted to take a CLEP exam or to receive credit by examination for a course in which the student is currently or was previously enrolled, unless the student withdrew from the course within the drop/add registration period.

All CLEP exams are computerized and are completed in one sitting; EXCEPT the CLEP Composition Modular exam. This exam requires two appointments. The first appointment consists of a 90-minute computerized multiple-choice exam. Upon passing this section the student will then make his/her second appointment along with another sitting fee of $22.00. The second appointment is a timed 90 minute typed essay (typed on the computer in Word).

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Computerized Adaptive Placement Exam (CAPE):

The Department of Foreign Languages (DFL) offers Computerized Adaptive Placement Exam (CAPE) in French, German, and Spanish. The CAPE developed by Brigham Young University is widely used across the country as a language placement instrument. When combined with other information, the results of these examinations assist the Department of Foreign Languages in placing a student in the appropriate level language course.

The Department of Foreign Languages is continually faced with the task of advising and placing freshmen and transfer students in appropriate courses. This decision is often based primarily upon the number of classes the student has previously taken in the language. However, placement on this basis does not take into account several important factors which determine the student's actual facility with the language, such as the effectiveness of the student's past teacher(s), the specific information covered, extracurricular, and/or other out-of-class exposure to the language.

CAPE uses state-of-the-art computer testing techniques to place students accurately and efficiently in the first two years (beginning I to intermediate II) of college language courses. The exam selects each new test item as a result of the answer given to the previous question. When the student answers an item correctly, a more difficult question is presented; if an item is answered incorrectly, an easier question is given. In short, the test "adapts" to the student's level of ability and will accurately determine the student's competency level in about twenty minutes.

Some of the benefits of using CAPE over conventional paper-and-pencil type tests include the reduction of the testing time to about twenty minutes since fewer test items are necessary. Boredom and frustration are diminished by eliminating items that are far too easy or much too difficult for an individual student.

CAPE provides immediate feedback. Upon completion of the exam, students are able to see their score.

How It Works

After starting CAPE, the student enters his or her name and KSU ID number and responds to questions regarding his/her previous language experiences to initiate a test record file.

Once the record identification information is entered, the computer prepares the student for the test. The first screen briefly explains that the student is to respond to multiple choice questions by typing and confirming the letter of the correct answer.

To ensure that the student has understood the instructions, a sample test item is given. At this point, the actual test begins.

The computerized adaptive placement exams are designed to provide individualized testing, identifying the student's ability level with combinations of grammar, reading, and vocabulary questions. The adaptive testing algorithm has been written so that the first six questions serve as “level checkers.” After the first six items, the test begins to “probe” in order to fine-tune the measurement by increasing or decreasing the difficulty by one level after each response. The test terminates if 1) the student answers incorrectly four questions at the same difficulty level, or 2) the student answers five questions at the highest difficulty level possible.

By requiring at least four misses at a given level, the test makes allowances for lucky guesses or inadvertent errors due to lack of concentration, nervousness, or other distractions. To avoid duplicate questions, the index to the question is flagged. When a question is used during the test, a sequential file is created to show the student's performance during the test.

At the conclusion of the test, the computer displays the performance level of the student. The student then consults the placement chart (as determined by the Department of Foreign Languages) that lists the ranges of performance levels that pertain to the various language courses of the curriculum. Thus, the student is immediately advised of the class that appears most suited to his or her ability level.

Procedure for taking the CAPE Exam

Students unsure of what level Spanish, French or German language course in which to register, should contact Patricia Tilbian, Lab Coordinator, Foreign Language Resource Center/Language Lab, Pilcher 134, (678) 797-2197. She will schedule the CAPE exam and upon completion, the student will be placed in the appropriate level language class up to the 2002 level.

Students may also go online and take the exam from home by following these instructions:

Go to:

Then, you will have to register and pay for the exam ($10). Choose the appropriate language from the drop-down menu. After completing the short survey you can begin the exam."

When the online placement exam is complete, you will receive an overall score (points). Please note the RANGE OF SCORES FOR PLACEMENT PURPOSES area and the course level that corresponds to your points. This is the course in which KSU recommends you enroll.

If the recommendation is for the 2001 or 2002 level, you must complete a pre-requisite override request form.

PLEASE NOTE: You must complete the Online Placement Exam and have the pre-requisite override form approved before you can register for 2001 or 2002 level courses.

Email for questions.

Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service (FLATS):

Students wishing to test (FL 1001, FL 1002, FL 2001, and FL 2002) in languages - see list - not currently offered in the Department of Foreign Languages can use the Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service (FLATS) offered by Brigham Young University. The online test costs $50.00. The test will be sent to the Department of Foreign Languages where a proctor will be arranged to administer the test for you.

Please note the following "Tips" from the Brigham Young University:

Test Format: All tests have a listening, reading and grammar component. The tests are multiple-choice. All tests are on a pass/fail basis and graded credit will NOT be given. Students are allowed two and a half hours to complete their test.

Test Preparation: There are no preparation materials available. One of the most successful ways to prepare for any given language test is to review your reading ability in the language. It is also helpful if you have a friend with whom you can practice both listening and speaking the language.

Results: There are 12 pass/fail credit hours possible for all tests given through our testing program. These pass/fail credits can not be changed to graded credit. Results will be mailed within 2-3 weeks of completing the test. Official results will be mailed to the school or institution indicated on the registration form. A copy will also be sent to the student's address indicated on the form, and a copy will be placed on file in our office. If the student checks the "hold" box on the registration form, the scores will not be sent to the school.

Important: PRIOR TO signing up for the FLATS online correspondence, a student must fill-out the Advanced Standing Examination application form and submit it to Nicole Lane, Department of Foreign Languages (Pilcher 220), for approval, then complete the approval process, as indicated on the form, at the Office of the Registrar, and pay the Advanced Standing fee at the Bursar’s office. Once all signatures appear on the application form, the form must be returned to the Department of Foreign Languages, and the student may, at this time, contact Brigham Young University to order the examination through online correspondence.

Please note: when filling-out the online FLATS Registration Form at BYU, the Proctor Information and Results Sent To should include the following:

Nina Burnette
Department of Foreign Languages
Kennesaw State University
1000 Chastain Rd., #1804
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591
(470) 578-6366

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Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE):

The state of Georgia requires candidates for educator certification to take the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators® (GACE®) as part of the educator certification process. These computer-delivered assessments have been developed by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) and Educational Testing Service (ETS).

The purpose of the GACE assessments is to assure that the knowledge and skills acquired by prospective Georgia educators are aligned with state and national standards for educator preparation and with state standards for the P–12 student curriculum — the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS).

The GACE website is the best source of information for questions regarding test administration, test preparation, and related GACE issues

Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK):

The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) or Chinese Proficiency Test is a standardized test designed and developed by the HSK Center of Beijing Language and Culture University to assess the Chinese language proficiency of nonnative speakers. The test is supervised by the State HSK Commission under the People Republic of China Ministry of Education. The worldwide test can be taken three times a year at the HSK Center of Kennesaw State University.

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Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI):

Procedures for OPI scheduling:

FLED candidates can consult the OPI Familiarization Manual for more information.

Prior to Registering Online: You must confirm 2-3 available dates with the Proctor (Sonja Francois.) These dates must be at least 10 (ten) business days from the first requested date.

Information needed to apply online:

Register online at:

  • Click on the "Apply for Academic Test" link
  • Click on GA Teacher Only under the "Apply on Internet" column
  • Proctor Name: Sonja Francois
    Phone: 470-578 7687

You must purchase a phone card in order to place and charge the phone call for your scheduled OPI appointment.

Cost of phone interview: $134.00, however, the fee is determined by ACTFL and beyond the authority of KSU, so fees may increase without prior notice.

Mock Interviews:

Ms. Karen Graf (Spanish) and Dr. Bill Griffin (French) are willing to help students do a "mock" interview prior to taking the OPI.

Additional Instructions for FLED majors:

A recommendation for a teaching certificate in a foreign language requires a rating of Advanced Low (for Type I languages) or Intermediate High (for Type II languages) on the official Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). Candidates in the Alternative Teacher Preparation Program in Foreign Languages must provide a copy of their OPI certificate with the appropriate rating before being admitted to the internship (FLED 4498). Undergraduate degree candidates (B.A. in Modern Language & Culture: Concentration II) must submit a copy of the official certificate during FLED 4413 in order to complete course requirements.

N.B. For admission to FLED 4480 or FLED 4498 (Fall semester), you must meet the minimum proficiency requirements as stated above. Please submit a copy of the certificate to the FLED program coordinator, Dr. Angela George.

The deadline for submission of passing OPI score to be admitted to FLED 4480 (student teaching) is August 30th for spring semester student teaching and January 30th for fall semester student teaching.