Language Placement

​Rhodes requires every graduate to have developed intermediate proficiency in a second language. (We refer to this as the F10 requirement.) Students may fulfill this requirement in one of three ways:

  1. By continuing study at Rhodes of a language they began in high school and successfully completing a third-semester (201) or higher course (202 and above) in that language.
  2. Starting a new language at Rhodes and successfully completing the third semester (201).
  3. By passing an examination offered by the appropriate Rhodes department. For specifics, see below.

The language must be one that is offered by the Department of Modern Languages or the Department of Greek and Roman Studies.

For now, however, as you develop your plan of study for next year and begin choosing classes, we want to place you in the appropriate class if you intend to continue with a language you have studied in high school.

For Ancient Greek, Latin, or Hebrew

If you have taken ancient Greek in high school or at another college or university, the Department of Greek and Roman Studies will communicate with you via email and provide information about the appropriate course or courses to take this coming fall based on the information you submitted in the application process. If you have taken Latin in high school or at another college or university, please take our short placement survey. You should receive our recommendations for your fall schedule within a few days of taking the survey. If you have questions about the placement process or our program in general, we invite you to contact Professor Morrell (email: morrell@rhodes.edu; phone: 901-830-4094) or Professor Sick (email: sick@rhodes.edu; phone: 901-843-3907).

To provide you with a general idea of which course might be right for you, please refer to the following table:

If you have taken . . . You might consider taking . . .
One year or less of Latin Latin 101: Elementary Latin
One or two years of Latin Latin 102: Elementary Latin
Three or four years of Latin Latin 201: Intermediate Latin
AP Latin (and scored 4 or 5) Latin 265: Topics in Latin Literature
One year or less of Greek Greek 101: Elementary Greek
Two years of Greek Greek 102: Elementary Greek
Three or four years of Greek Greek 201: Intermediate Greek

If you are interested in starting ancient Greek or Latin at Rhodes, the ancient Greek sequence begins in the fall with Greek 101, which will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00 to 12:50 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. The Latin sequence begins in the spring semester with Latin 101, which will meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:00 to 12:50 p.m. and on Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:20 p.m.

If you have an extensive background in ancient Greek or Latin but do not intend to continue with your study of those languages at Rhodes, you may fulfill your F10 requirement by taking the final examination from Greek 201 or Latin 201. GRS will offer these examination on Monday, August 24 at 9:00 a.m. If you plan on taking the Greek 201 examination, you should contact Professor Jansen by email at jansenj@rhodes.edu. If you intend to take the Latin 201 examination, please contact Professor Sick by email at sick@rhodes.edu .

For information on the Hebrew program at Rhodes, please contact Professor Steve McKenzie at mckenzie@rhodes.edu . At present only biblical Hebrew is offered at Rhodes. It is possible to fulfill the F10 requirement by completing Hebrew 201 or by passing the proficiency exam.

Placement Examinations for French, German, Russian, Spanish, or Chinese

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers an online placement examination for students who have taken French, German, Russian or Spanish. A paper placement examination is given to students who have taken Chinese. Even if you if are not planning on continuing a language you took in secondary school, you should take these tests to determine at what level you place for your own and your advisor's records. If you are beginning a language you have never studies there is no need to take the placement test in that language.

Because the exam is just a way for us to place you in the correct level for your language, you do not need to prepare for the exam and you will not need any reference materials (textbooks, dictionaries, etc.) to complete it. Should the exam indicate that you have placed into a 202 course or beyond, you will be required to meet with faculty in your language for follow up. In other words, you cannot place out of the College language requirement simply by taking this test.

Please note that students who have taken two or more years of French, German, Russian, Spanish or Chinese in high school may not take a 101 class for credit in that language. Students in this category whose placement exam score indicates that 101 is the best level to start study at Rhodes have three options:

  1. enroll in a 101 course for no credit with the permission of the instructor
  2. do an intensive review at another institution before enrolling in 102
  3. consider beginning at 101 for credit in another language

For inquiries about modern languages (other than Greek and Latin), please contact: Prof. Kathleen Doyle, Modern Languages and Literatures, (901) 843-3977, doyle@rhodes.edu​.

If you are a student of Chinese language and seek to take a placement test, please do not take the WebCAPE online exam. A paper placement test of Chinese is offered on the designated dates indicated on your Freshman Welcome Brochure. You can also contact Prof. Han Li by email at hanl@rhodes.edu​ for any questions or information..

To take the online exam for French, German, Russian or Spanish - read the directions below.

WebCAPE

The exam is administered by WebCAPE. Once you have read through this page, you may follow the links below that will take you directly to the exam. The exam length varies for everyone since it adjusts to your responses. You may only take the exam once and you must acknowledge that your conduct abides by the Rhodes Honor Code before taking the exam.

Instructions

If your exam session is interrupted and you have not completed the placement test, you must login again and enter your information EXACTLY as you did when you started the exam and then click Resume. Do NOT choose "Take the Test from Scratch", as your results will not be recorded properly.

Once you have agreed to abide by the Honor Code and have clicked the link to the exam,

  1. Enter the Password when prompted: golynx
  2. Under "Languages" click on the appropriate language.
  3. Fill in your name, student ID, and email address in the appropriate fields. Do NOT fill out the entire document. Scroll down to bottom of page and click on "Continue".
  4. You will then have a practice test item. Do that, and the placement test will begin.
  5. When the test is done, a screen with your name, score and a chart placing you into a level will appear. Print or write down the results and bring them to your first advising session.
  6. Exit the exam after printing off the results.

Honor Code

"As a member of the Rhodes community, I pledge I will not lie, cheat, or steal, and that I will report any such violation that I may witness."

By clicking "Submit" below, you acknowledge that you have read the Honor Code and promise to abide by it while taking the language placement test. If you have done so, please click on the button and you will be directed to the test site.