Online Foreign Language Placement Test?

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  1. SD Academy Bound

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    I just read in my Instruction to Appointees handbook that students that have a background in Spanish or German are required to take a placement exam prior to reporting to the Academy. It is hidden on the bottom of page 17. Has anyone taken this test yet, or know anything about it?
     
  2. ZoomingFalcon

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    Yeah, take it, do well. Hopefully you'll show enough skill to get placed in it. Makes life much easier (compared to Russian or Chinese).
     
  3. SD Academy Bound

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    Thanks Zooming. What if you do not want to take spanish, say you would like to try Arabic or another less common language?
     
  4. DK6732

    DK6732 USAFA Cadet

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    During basic, you will have the option to rank which top three languages you would like to take. Put what you want as the first option to get the best chance of getting it. Be weary though, the language department is known for placing cadets in the strategic languages if you are "good" enough in another like German or French.
     
  5. luckymacy

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    So if you just want to take Spanish what is the best strategy?
     
  6. SouthernFalcon

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    I took the Spanish one, and felt neutral about it. It's never been my strong suit.
     
  7. DK6732

    DK6732 USAFA Cadet

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    Put it at the top of your picks, and hope that the language department doesn't place you in anything else. I took 3 years of German in high school, taking a break from it my senior year. Needless to say my German wasn't all that great after a year off, and it showed in the placement test. I was placed in 200 level here at USAFA though. After this semester I am finished with language altogether.
     
  8. Drew_22

    Drew_22 USAFA Cadet

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    I just took that test and it took a pretty long time (for me anyways). Does this determine if we take the language we want or not? I did the Spanish one by the way.
     
  9. Stealth_81

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    You will also take a general language aptitude test once you report for BCT. The language department uses the results of this test, combined with your online specific language test and your language request sheet to assign you to a language. In our son's case, he had 5 years of Spanish coming into the Academy,and did very well on the online test. When he got to USAFA he put Russian and Arabic on his request sheet, and was assigned to Spanish. I can't say I know how it is all decided.

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  10. luckymacy

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    Are there any classes required to be taken in a foreign language?

    For example, if you are an engineer and you take your 'normal' foreign language classes in your freshman and sophomore years, will you still have to take an upper level non-foreign language class in your foreign language?

    I can't remember where I read it but I thought I read (Raimius?) that Astro had to be taught in a foreign language, as an example of what we're wondering about. My son said he's starting to think about taking Russian instead of Spanish but if he has to get up the the level where he has to take an engineering class in Russian then he'd rather just stick with Spanish so this isn't an easy dilemna.
     
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  11. pinkharley99

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    The only sentence my DD wrote on the German test was "Ich spreche kein Deutsch" (I do not speak German) and Spanish " no hablo español " (I do not speak Spanish) . She took French and Latin in high school.

    She is now in her second semester of German and loves it :thumb:

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  12. luckymacy

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    what was the preference order of her 3 languages she wrote down?
     
  13. jassen2

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    I got this information from somewhere (I can't remember where) last year when my 2014 cadet was still an appointee.


     
  14. Ana_Smith

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    Where can I take the online test? I have not yet recieved Instructions to Appointees. Is it avaliable to me yet?
     

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