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placement tests at main campus

emory83emory83 - Posts: 256 Junior Member
edited June 2011 in Emory University
how do placement tests for subjects like math and foreign language work at emory? for example, if I got a 4 or 5 on ap calc AB, would they make me take a test to see which level I can take?
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  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    There is no math placement test. You simply take Calc. II if you got a 5 and calc. 1 if no credit. Language placement exams are for German and Spanish I guess.
  • kasmokiakasmokia Registered User Posts: 47 Junior Member
    Hi, I took Calc II and calc III as a senior through my "distance learning" from Georgia Tech at my school. Do you know if my credit transfers? or if i have to take placement tests? or am i done with math forever?
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    If you want, you are done w/math forever (in other words, if you like it, you can get into higher level maths no strings attached). Again,there are no placement tests for math. Also, yes, you should get transfer credit. I have a friend who did the exact same thing (except she did Calc. III and linear algebra) and she said it transferred.
  • kasmokiakasmokia Registered User Posts: 47 Junior Member
    SWEET! thanks for the help bernie!
  • emoryguy980emoryguy980 Registered User Posts: 157 Junior Member
    So before I can register for spanish 1 I have to take a placement test?
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    Yes yo do.
  • emoryguy980emoryguy980 Registered User Posts: 157 Junior Member
    When cann I take te placement test? I want to take it before the Spanish 1 class gets filled up
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    You can enroll in the class before you take the placement test, however, you must take the placement test during orientation week(s).
  • emoryguy980emoryguy980 Registered User Posts: 157 Junior Member
    Ok based on your score can they remove you from the class?
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    You have to go through some approval/permission process to go up or down out of a range
  • ilikepizzailikepizza Registered User Posts: 507 Member
    the language teacher i had sucks and basically taught us nothing for the past 3year. i know that if i take the placement test for spanish 1, i would do really really bad on it. what is more down than spanish 1? how hard are classes like spanish and german?
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    Spanish/Whatever language 101-102 is the lowest you can go. Also, I thought I learned to French (took since middle school), but it turns out that I did retain a reasonable amount though. I could understand it when it was spoken, but did not really know how to speak or write particularly well (I was actually much better at speaking), so it was kind of tough. Spanish and German do not have tough 101-102 sequences like French for example (kind of rigorous, plus I was really rusty since I hadn't seen it in about 4-5 years as I took French 4 in 10th grade and then stopped languages). Yeah, but my apartmentmate made it clear that Spanish 101-102 wasn't too challenging. I think that German is a little more challenging, but it's also a much more fun class to take because the professors emphasize the cultural aspect a lot and try to get students involved in the cultural events of the German dept which actually has a living quarters/stakeout in Clairemont tower, just as Spanish has a "Spanish House" (but this is more exclusive in a sense) off of fratrow off in the woods w/all the other special themed non-greek houses. My friend was in it last semester, and they had various lectures, dinners, etc. that were open primarily to the dept including those taking a course (however, they were indeed open to the public). Participation was highly encouraged (though I do not believe incentives were offered). The German course just seemed to be a richer experience and it wasn't that rigorous compared to what I went through in French (I was shocked to see that the German book had English translation for terms. The French book just used several phrases and pics in French to describe one term/phrase. I liked this better), so it's also more laid back. I'll admit that I learned/relearned a lot in French, but I think that laid back approach was successful also and would recommended.
    Also, not that one issue is that intro language sequences make you go "at least" 4 days of the week. I believe some may require 5 (some make you attend a "labish" like thing once a week. This either a day 4 or a day 5 depending on the class), but I'm not sure. Given this they take up a larger chunk of the schedule than other courses.
  • emoryguy980emoryguy980 Registered User Posts: 157 Junior Member
    Ok but can you stay in spanish 1 even if you do well? I learned nothing in my spansh class adn want to start fresh at Emory and actually learn the langauge and not recipes
  • huangshirleyhuangshirley Registered User Posts: 51 Junior Member
    i think you can take the placement exams for foreign languages and chem right now. on blackboard, we are enrolled into two courses. it says we pretty much have from now through the whole summer to complete them.
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    Whoa, slow down. I didn't say anything about recipes. I'm just saying that different depts. have different approaches to teaching the intro. course. I said that, all indicators say that the German dept's. method is effective and also provides a rich experience. There is more to a language than just the spoken word itself, and I think that integration of the cultural aspect helped my friend out a lot. Learning a language or hardly any subject is one-dimensional.
    French uses rigor, they use cultural integration and a moderate level of rigor. Both work.

    Also, if you are on a higher level/doing oddly well, you'll find that you can "start fresh" and learn a language just as well in Spanish 212 as 101. Don't bomb the placement test intentionally (they'll probably overlook the results and place you primarily based on HS credits anyway). If you place, in say 212, just go in the class for about a week, and see how it feels. And please give it a week, not "after one day, I don't feel comfortable because I don't understand everything being said". You're supposed to learn, not know everything from the start. I think 212 expects perhaps a moderate proficiency at reading and listening, not perfection (that's not even achieved at Emory's own 100 level by most students, and I'm sure they know it). If you place higher than 101-102, go to the class you placed in, and switch out after 1-1.5 weeks if you still feel uncomfortable. Actually feel things out before you jump to conclusions. I honestly wished French had a placement exam so I would have been encouraged to go to 200-level. Being at 100-level caused me slack off, so while I learned a lot, I would have learned more at 200-level where I would have had to stay on my toes more. I had a degree of overconfidence in 100-level once I found out I could essentially read and understand the words, and did very well at first in the course and then got mediocre going toward the middle (I got "bored" and really started slacking even when being introduced to new"ish" material, or simply material I didn't remember). I still got a solid grade, but I would go to 200-level if I could do it again.
    Oh, I may have lied about the placement exam. I think you take it first, and then it places you. It supposedly does not allow enrollment lower than the placement until you obtain permission from the instructor of the level in which you were placed.
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