Emmersion Foreign Language Placement

University Credit-by-Exam Policy 503.5

The Emmersion exams are designed to measure your current skill level in French and/or Spanish, and place you in the correct course according to your skills. The tests are multiple choice. There are no listening or speaking portions.

Appointment is Required

An appointment is required for all tests. Our online scheduler is available 24/7. Easy to follow instructions are on the Testing Services homepage.


This is a ONE-TIME-ONLY TEST. If you need to study, please do so BEFORE you come in to take the test. While there are no official study guides available, you may certainly review textbooks that you still have from previous study. You can also go online and type “Spanish review” (or French) in the search box of your favorite search engine.


There is no charge for the Emmersion test.


You must have appropriate photo ID to be admitted. A current (unexpired) government issued ID is acceptable: driver’s license, military ID, passport, State ID or UA Little Rock ID card.

Time Limit

There is no time limit. Most students finish within 10 to 30 minutes. You receive your score immediately.

UA Little Rock Policy

You do not earn credits merely by taking an Emmersion test — but if you enroll in the appropriate course and earn an “A” or “B” you will be awarded credit for any prerequisite courses.

Please visit the Department of World Languages website for further information.

Earn Credits without Taking a Class

You should take a CLEP exam, instead of Emmersion, to earn course credit.

Proficient in another Language

If you are proficient in a language, contact the chairperson of the Department of World Languages in Stabler 301 to discuss your options on placement testing in other languages.

During peak times (for example, when a semester is about to begin), we may have lines of students waiting to test. Avoid the rush — test early! We are here throughout the year.

Scoring and Placement

If you take one of these tests, and your score (level) is, you should enroll in: If you earn a grade of “A” or “B” in the course, you may request retroactive credit for the prerequisite(s). Contact the Dept. of World Languages
French (FCAPE) 0 – 15 FREN 1311 No prerequisite
French (FCAPE) 16 – 23 FREN 1312 FREN 1311
French (FCAPE) 24 – 32 FREN 2311 FREN 1311 & FREN 1312
French (FCAPE) 33 and above Contact the Dept. of World Languages
Spanish (SCAPE) 0 – 15 SPAN 1311 No prerequisite
Spanish (SCAPE) 16 – 23 SPAN 1312 SPAN 1311
Spanish (SCAPE) 24 – 32 SPAN 2311 SPAN 1311 & SPAN 1312
Spanish (SCAPE) 33 – 39 SPAN 2312 or SPAN 2313 SPAN 1311, SPAN 1312, and SPAN 2311
Spanish (SCAPE) 40 and above Contact the Dept. of World Languages