Language Placement Exams
French or Spanish 131 is normally the first course in the language sequence. However, for students who have previously studied French or Spanish the department offers a placement test free of charge at the beginning of each semester, as well as during dead week. On the basis of the score earned on the test, the Modern Language Advisor will recommend a course commensurate with the student's level of proficiency in the language. The test is for placement only and carries no credit. Any student who begins at a level higher than 131 can earn credits for all the courses bypassed once she or he has completed the higher level course with a "C" or better.
Students may earn by-pass credits for as many as 17 hours of lower division courses. Courses for which students may earn bypass credits include French and Spanish 131,132, 231,232, and Spanish 235. In the case of Spanish 235, the student must earn an A or a high B in Spanish 320 with the recommendation of the instructor to earn the credits. Bypass credit hours apply to the student's language requirement, to the hours needed to complete a major or minor in French or Spanish, and to the total number of hours needed to complete a Bachelor's degree at SFA.