I'm not a asian/hispanic/whatever cultural major, and I plan on taking a foreign language for electives and a GPA boost. I understand it that there is a placement exam if you'd like to go into a class with some existing knowledge of a language.
If I were to do "bad" on the exam, common sense would dictate that I would be placed in an easier foreign language course and have a likelihood of receiving a better grade. If I were to do "good" on the placement exam, I would be placed in a much harder course and thus have to put forth a stronger effort and have a better possibility that I wouldn't receive the same grade I would get in a lower level course.
Besides moral complications, does anyone see a problem with this? (Is there a downside for taking lower-level courses? <Is there a benefit besides the "prestige" that comes with taking a higher-level coures?>)