Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.   What languages do you offer?   

   A.   Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. 

Q.   I’m having trouble registering for SPA 101 or FRE 101, what do I do?

   A.   This may be because you haven’t taken the placement test. Once you take that, you should be able to register. If you have taken the placement test and are still experiencing difficulty, please see Erica Wise at the Modern Languages and Literatures Department for assistance.

Q.   Am I required to take a placement test? 

   A.   If you would like to register for Spanish or French, the placement test is required. For any other language offered you may take the exam to try to skip ahead in the sequence or place out of it. Note that exemption does not grant credit and you will have to take other courses to fulfill the requirement in that area. 

Q.   Where do I take the placement test and do I need an appointment?

   A.   The Modern Language Center is located in the New Building, on the 7th floor (room 7.64.00). You do not need to make an appointment for the exam; however you may check their hours of operation HERE before you go. Allow yourself at least an hour to take the exam. 

Q.   May I retake the placement test if I am not satisfied with the results?

   A.   No. You may only take the test once. Sit for it when you feel you are ready to do so and take your time with it. 

Q.  I’m considering a major in Spanish, what do I do? 

   A.   You may begin by taking the placement exam in Spanish. Once you receive your results, you may begin registration based on the requirements seen HERE.

If you would like more information or have questions not addressed in the link above, please make an appointment with the appropriate advisor, Professor Aida Martinez-Gomez amartinez-gomez@jjay.cuny.edu for concentration A or Professor Maria Julia Rossi mrossi@jjay.cuny.edu for concentration B. 

Q.   I’m considering the certificate in Spanish Legal Interpretation and/or Translation, what do I do?

   A.   You may begin by taking the placement exam in Spanish. Once you receive your results, you may begin registration based on the requirements seen HERE

If you would like more information or have questions not addressed in the link above, please make an appointment with the advisor for this certificate, Professor Aida Martinez-Gomez amartinez-gomez@jjay.cuny.edu

Q.   I’m considering a minor in Spanish, what do I do?

   A.   You may begin by taking the placement exam in Spanish. Once you receive your results, you may begin registration based on the requirements seen HERE

If you would like more information or have questions not addressed in the link above, please make an appointment with the advisor for the Minor, Professor Maria Julia Rossi mrossi@jjay.cuny.edu

Q.   Am I required to take language classes?

   A.   The short answer is yes. However, there are instances where language classes are not required, but encouraged. This link will help you figure out whether or not you are required to take lanugage classes. If you need clarification, please make an appointment with an Academic Advisor. 

Q.   I am a transfer student, am I required to take language courses?              

   A.   The answer to this varies, depending on a variety of factors. It's best you make an appointment to see an Academic Advisor. 

Q.   I am an ICJ student and I have to take a 200-level language class, what do I do? 

   A.   You may place in a 200 level course via the placement exam. However, if you place in a 101/102, 111/112, you must take that (or those) course(s) before entering a 200 level course.  If you are an ICJ student, and you speak a language other than Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, or Spanish, you may consider taking the NYU Proficiency Exam

Q.   I am exempt from taking Modern Language courses for general education, do I get credit?

   A.   No. You must still fulfill credits in the same category with courses outside of the language for which you are exempt. 

Q.   Is there tutoring available?

   A.   Yes, there is tutoring available for all languages offered here.  Information on office hours and services provided may be found HERE.

Q.   I already speak a second language; do I still have to take a language here? 

   A.   Yes. However, there are exams you can take in order to fulfull General Education language requirements. 

   For Spanish, French and German, you may take the CLEP exam. For more information, click HERE

   For all other languages, you may take the NYU Proficiency exam. For more information, click  HERE

Q.   Do you offer translation and interpretation services?

   A.   Click HERE for information on services provided.