World Languages Placement Testing

    • WL Placement Testing for All Students
      ETHS offers many different World Languages (American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Spanish/ Spanish for Heritage Learners). Students may elect to take any language during the course selection timeframe for each school year.  Students with no experience in the language will be placed in level 1.

    • Students entering ETHS with 2 years of experience at their current middle school will be placed in level 2.  If students are looking for a course with more rigor, they should sign up for a placement test.  Students are not testing to place into level 2 honors.  That will be assessed once the 2022-2023 school year begins.

    • WL Placement Testing for Incoming 8th Grade Students
      ETHS will host World Languages Placement Testing remotely in November.  Only students with non-traditional language experience (immersion, heritage, living abroad) will take a placement test. 

      • Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish - Students with Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish (as a foreign language) will take the AAPPL test to measure proficiency in the language.  Students will take the Interpretive Listening, Interpretive Reading, and Presentational Writing test.  This is a computer-based test; all three sessions will take about 2 hours.  Once students sign up, we will send more specific information home about technical requirements and test-taking tips.

      • American Sign Language - Students with ASL experience should contact the World Languages/ Bilingual Education Office, DeptChair_WorldLanguages@eths.k12.il.us  to arrange for placement testing.

      • Latin - Due to the sequential nature of the Latin curricula offered at Baker and Pope John, students with Latin experience who are currently enrolled at those schools will be placed based on teacher recommendation. They do not need to take a placement test at ETHS.  Students with Latin experience from other schools should fill out this form to provide background with language experience.
      • Spanish Heritage Learners - Students who are from a home where Spanish is spoken are eligible for Spanish for Heritage Learners classes at ETHS. For District 65 students, this would include, but is not be limited to, the students enrolled in Spanish for Spanish Speakers classes.  
        • Students with no formal Spanish classes will be placed in Spanish 1 for Heritage Learners.
        • Students with two or more years of Spanish at their current middle school will be placed in level 2 for Heritage Learners
        • Students looking for a course with more rigor should sign up for a placement test.  
        • The Spanish Heritage test will be administered remotely this year.  Students will take the AAPPL test to measure proficiency in the language.  Students will take the Interpretive Listening, Interpretive Reading, and Presentational Writing test.  This is a computer-based test; all three sessions will take about 1 and a half hours.  Once students sign up, we will send more specific information home about technical requirements and test-taking tips.

      • Spanish Testing for Former TWI Students (English Speakers) - Former TWI students from District 65 or students with immersion experience will be placed into a 2 Spanish Honors for TWI Students class. Students who wish to be considered for 3 Spanish Honors need to sign up for a placement test. Students will take the AAPPL test to measure proficiency in the language.  Students will take the Presentational Writing test.  This is a computer-based test; the session will take about 45 minutes.  Once students sign up, we will send more specific information home about technical requirements and test-taking tips.

    • If a student wishes to take a placement exam after the November dates, please refer them to the World Languages/Bilingual Education Office, DeptSec_WorldLanguages@eths.k12.il.us,  to schedule an exam. 
    • WL Placement Testing Results for Incoming Freshmen
      As part of the course request process, incoming freshmen will attend Course Selection Night where they indicate their elective and alternate course requests.
      Course request information, including placements in all classes, electives, and alternates, will be sent to incoming families in 2021. For questions related to the placement level for a language course, contact the World Languages/Bilingual Education Office after receving your information and prior to the course request change deadline.
    • WL Placement Testing for Transfer Students
      As transfer students register at ETHS and take required placement testing, students who are entering ETHS with prior language experience (in middle school, at home, through private lessons, etc.) need to be tested to determine the best language level for them. Factors that influence level determinations include prior course experience, placement tests results, teacher recommendation, and grades. Families should work with the Registrar’s Office to set up testing for World Languages.


    Make-Up Testing
    If a student wishes to take a placement exam after the November dates, please refer them to the World Languages/Bilingual Education Office, DeptSec_WorldLanguages@eths.k12.il.us,  to schedule an exam.