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Credit by Examination

A student may earn credit for first-year or second-year language sequences only (101-103 or 201-203).  If you have already earned credit in a higher-level language course or sequence, you will not receive credit for a first- or second- year language course or the equivalent CLEP exam.

The language sequences must be taken in order. A student may receive credit by exam for a maximum of one language sequence (12-15 credits).  Credit for one or two classes of a sequence is also permitted.

Credit by Exam is available through the Department of World Languages and Literatures.  In order to qualify for Credit by exam, a student must:

  • be formally admitted to PSU.
  • be currently enrolled in or have completed a course at PSU.  These courses must be numbered 100-498, but not 199, 299, 399, or 401-410.

Credit by Exam is currently available only for ASL, Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Ancient Greek, Modern Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

Credit received by exam is graded P/NP (Pass or No Pass) only.

Native speakers (defined as students whose formal secondary education was completed in the foreign language) may not receive credit by exam in their native language.