Language Placement Tests
Foreign Language Placement Testing & Credit
Students with a background in a foreign language that is currently taught in the Department of Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures at UND may receive credit in one of the following ways:
- Lateral credits will be offered to students who want to get credit for previous experience and take additional language acquisition courses. Students with at least two years of language instruction in high school will be placed in the appropriate language course. Following the completion of courses with a grade of B or better in at least two courses at the next proficiency level (e.g., 201 and 202) in the language taken at UND, the lateral credits will be awarded. Complete this form to request lateral credits AFTER successful course completion.
- Credits earned through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam will be offered to students who want to get credit for previous language experience without taking additional courses (see UND CLEP listing).
- Credits earned through the completion of the transfer credit equivalent to the language credit at UND will be awarded.
- Credits earned through the completion of a French, German, Latin, or Spanish Advanced Placement course will be awarded with the appropriate test score. AP credit is normally equivalent to Levels I and II (LANG 101 and LANG 102) in that language (AP Listing).
Foreign Language Course Placement
True beginners should enroll in 101; however, students who have prior language experience may receive lateral credits—free of charge—by taking the next two courses in the sequence and earning a grade of “B” or better in both (for example, a student with two years of high school Spanish should enroll in SPAN 102 in the fall and SPAN 201 in the spring to receive the 4 lateral credits for 101).
A student with:
- two years of a language in high school should enroll in 102.
- three years of a language in high school should enroll in 201.
- four years of a language in high school may consider 202 or third-year placement, depending on their comfort with the language.
- four years or more of language learning, immersion or study abroad experience, or who are “heritage speakers” (language was spoken in the home) are strongly encouraged to discuss proper placement with a professor in that language.
Foreign Language Certificate
- Students may receive a Foreign Language Certificate by completing 101-202 in any language (or CLAS 101, 102, 151, 152)
- Lateral credits may apply; students need only take one course in the 101-202 sequence at UND to be eligible for the certificate.
Credits earned through lateral placement, CLEP, and AP do count towards Breadth of Knowledge Humanities requirements, but do not count towards any Special Emphasis requirements.
Regularly enrolled students with knowledge gained through independent study or with prior language study at an unaccredited institution may apply to take Validating or Challenge Examinations to establish appropriate credit.
Native speakers of a language other than English who wish to take classes in that language may enroll without special permission in any 400-level course, or in any 300-level course which emphasizes literary or cultural topics. Native speakers must obtain the permission of the department, however, to enroll in any 300-level course which emphasizes language instruction, or in any lower-division course.
Students who successfully test out of a foreign language course or courses may choose to receive waiver for the course(s) and register for a higher level course or they are able to purchase the credits for the applicable course(s) and have the credits apply toward graduation by paying for 1/2 the resident rate of tuition.
To purchase the credits contact the Registrar's Office at 701.777.2711
Graduate Reading Exams
Graduate students who wish to meet a scholarly tool requirement in Chinese, Classical Greek, French, German, Latin, Norwegian, or Spanish may do so by passing a reading test administered by the Languages Department. This test is offered twice a year: on Reading and Review day at the end of the fall semester, and on Reading and Review day at the end of the spring semester. To register for the exam, students must complete a simple two-step process: no fewer than 30 days before the examination date, they must meet with a member of the Languages Department faculty who teaches the language in question to discuss the format of the exam; then no fewer than 10 days before the examination date, they must place their names on the official examination list by contacting Mrs. Linda Ziegelmann, the department's Administrative Assistant, in Merrifield 317 (701.777.3813). Students may take the examination a maximum of three times at the Languages Department.
Upon the written recommendation of a student's graduate advisor, the Languages Department will explore the possibility of preparing a special reading examination in other languages taught by the department, but not mentioned above. Please note that the Languages Department cannot guarantee that it will offer such an examination, but only that it will consider doing so.
Students should be aware that it may be possible to satisfy the graduate language requirement in ways other than by taking an examination, or else by passing a national standardized test instead of an examination administered by the Languages Department. Please consult the graduate catalog and your graduate advisor for details.