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Getting Started with Rosetta Stone Catalyst

Getting started with Rosetta Stone Catalyst

Rosetta Stone Catalyst is a language proficiency assessment tool that places you in the correct program based on your pre-test and assessment answers. Once you’ve completed your registration and taken the pre-tests, you’ll be placed into one of three programs:
  • Foundations (Beginners)
  • Advantage (Intermediate to Advanced)
  • Advanced English for Business (Advanced English Only)

Below, find answers to all of your questions about getting started in the Rosetta Stone Catalyst program. You can also view a video tutorial linked HERE

What do I need to get started?
How do I log into my program for the first time?
How do I define my language goals?
How does the program determine my product?
How do I know into which product I’ve been placed?
Where do I go to learn about my new product?
What mobile application should I use?
 

What do I need to get started?

System Requirements
In order to get your language-learning experience off to a strong start, it is important to ensure that your computer meets the Rosetta Stone® system requirements. To access a full description of these system requirements, click HERE.

Should you need any assistance determining whether your system is ready to launch Rosetta Stone, please contact your IT department or the Rosetta Stone Product Support team at 877-223-9848.

Headset Requirements
Rosetta Stone® speech-recognition technology is a key element of our language-learning solution. In order to utilize this feature, you'll need a USB device equipped with a microphone: either a USB headset or USB earbuds.
 
For best results, the device should be certified for speech recognition, either by the vendor or a third party.
 
We recommend that it have a directional microphone and noise-cancellation capability. The microphone part of the device should easily adjust into a consistent position, one to two inches from the corner of your mouth.
 
Recommended Microphone
The recommended USB headset microphone listed here has passed Rosetta Stone quality-assurance tests for speech recognition. It's compatible with both Windows and Macintosh operating systems.
 
ManufacturerModelWebsite
MicrosoftLifeChat LX-3000http://www.microsoft.com

Note: This microphone recommendation is based on laboratory testing. Computer systems and user environments may vary, which could impact microphone performance.

Test Internet Connection
An Internet connection with minimum available bandwidth of 500kbps, primarily download, and maximum latency of 300ms is sufficient for all Rosetta Stone® Enterprise & Education products.
 
In order to test the speed of your connection to Rosetta Stone, please visit this page: http://launch.rosettastone.com/speedtest/. Click "Begin Test" and the results will appear at the bottom of the page.

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How do I log into my program for the first time?

1. As a new user, you should have received a welcome email from Rosetta Stone. Click the "Start Now" button as seen below.

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2. You will now have the option to choose a password, native language, voice type, and time zone. Make sure to agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy by checking the box at the bottom left.

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3. Click Agree and Continue.

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How do I define my language goals?

Now that you have defined your basic preferences, it's time to determine your language goals through a 5 minute pre-test.

1. Click "Start" to begin.

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2. You will now be asked a series of questions about the length of time you have studied your chosen language, how you previously learned that language (if applicable), and the goals you would like to achieve through this learning program. Please answer all questions as honestly as you can.

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3. Once you have answered all of the questions in this pretest, you will have the opportunity to take a self-assessment that will place you into the appropriate product and language level.

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How do I determine my product?

Once you have taken the pre-test, it will be time to determine which Rosetta Stone product best fits your language needs. See your chosen language below to determine how this will take place.

English

If you have chosen to learn English, you will now take a placement test that will assign you to a product and level that is best for you. The test should take between 30-45 minutes to complete.

1. Click "Start" to begin.

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2. You will now proceed through three different parts of the test, answering multiple choice questions as you go.

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3. Be sure to turn your sound up, as some questions will require you to listen to a question and/or response.

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4. When the test is complete, you will see your score, CEFR level, and a description of your general language abilities at that level. To enter your new product, simply click "Start Learning".

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Spanish, Chinese, German, French, Italian, Dutch

If you have chosen to learn Spanish, Chinese, German, French, Italian, or Dutch, you will now take part in a self-assessment that will place you in a product and level that is best for you. The assessment should take about 10 minutes to complete.

1. Click "Start" to begin.

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2. You will now be asked a series of questions relating to your comfort and skill level with your chosen language. Please answer these questions as accurately as possible.

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3. When you have completely answered all self-assessment questions, you will be given a CEFR level based on your results. Click "Start Learning".

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Additional Languages

If you have chosen to learn a language that is not English, Spanish, Chinese, German, French, Italian, or Dutch, you will automatically be placed into Rosetta Stone Foundations. Simply click on Foundations to get started!

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How do I know into which product I’ve been placed?

After completing the pre-test and/or assessment, you’ll see an option to “Choose your Product”. 

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Where do I go to learn about my new product?

Navigate to your product’s Learner Guide, which will provide best practices, a video walk-through and information about your mobile app options. Click on your product name below to see more: Return to top
 

What mobile application should I use?

After you have been placed into a Rosetta Stone program, you will be presented with an option to have the mobile application information for your program sent to your email.

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