Foreign Language Placement & Oral Test-Out Exams

Because knowledge of a foreign language is such an important skill, students who studied French or Spanish in high school and hope to achieve greater fluency are encouraged to continue studying that foreign language as college students.

Students who studied French or Spanish in high school,but who do not wish to continue studying foreign language may attempt to place out of Augustana University’s 2-semester language requirement through an Oral Test-Out. This is available for students who have 4 or more years of High School language coursework.

Oral Test-Out Exam

Students who desire to test out of the language requirement must take a free 15-minute speaking and listening examination given by a faculty member.

A passing grade on the oral test-out examination exempts students from Augustana's language requirement; students receive no credit. To be eligible for transcripted credits, students must complete the course indicated by the placement results with a score of C- or better.

A non-passing grade on the oral test-out examination requires students to complete a language course based on the results of the written placement and oral test-out exams, and in consultation with the faculty member.

Students Starting New Language

Students with no prior foreign language experience or students who wish to study a new foreign language, should enroll in and complete 110 and 111 of a chosen foreign language to fulfill Augustana's 2-semester core curriculum (SOPHIA) requirement.

Students Taking Advanced Placement (AP) Exam

For students who took the Advanced Placement (AP) Examination in French or Spanish, Augustana’s policy states that students who obtain grades of four or five on the AP French or Spanish Examination are to be given automatic credit and placement.

Credit: For an AP score of four or five, students receive six credits (equivalent to 110 and 111).

Placement: For students desiring to continue their language study:

  • AP score of five: placement into a 300-level course during the fall semester of the first year at Augustana. By completing the course with a grade of C- or better, students are eligible to purchase eight transcripted credits (equivalent to 210 and 211).
  • AP score of four: placement into 210 during the fall semester of the first year at Augustana. Students are awarded six credits (equivalent to 110 and 111).AP score of three or below:  Will be placed in the 210 level of the language.

Students Taking College Board’s College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

  • Score of 50-58: students receive six credits (equivalent to 110 and 111) and complete Augustana's language requirement. Students desiring to continue their language study enroll in 210.
  • Score of 59 or higher in French or 63 or higher in Spanish: students receive 14 credits (equivalent to 110, 111, 210 and 211) and are exempt from  Augustana's 2-semester language requirement. Students desiring to continue their language studies should consult with a LALC faculty member about advanced courses.
  • Students who are not successful on the first attempt may retest one more time six months after the initial exam.

Departmental test-out options are available throughout the academic year as requested.

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