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Foreign Language Requirement - CLEP Option

The Department of World Languages and Literatures accepts the CLEP examination for French, German, and Spanish. It can be used to meet the Admission, BA and MA second language requirement. The table below illustrates the scores needed to meet each requirement. Students may be awarded up to 12 credits for taking CLEP. A native speaker (defined as a person who has graduated from high school (or higher) in the target language) may not receive credit through the CLEP exam in their native language.

Students must be formally admitted and currently enrolled in o have completed a course at PSU to qualify for this testing option. Discuss testing options with the World Languages Requirements Specialist in NH 491 and complete the Foreign Language Examination Request form for approval prior to proceeding with the exam.

A student may earn credit for first-year or second-year language sequences only (101/102/103 or 201/202/203). If you have already earned credit in a 300 or higher-level language course or sequence, you will not receive credit for a first- or second- year language course/sequence for 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).

Language and Score Number of Credits Course Equivalency
French 40 0 Admission Requirement
French 50 12 French 101,102,103
French 59 12 French 201,202,203 (BA/MA requirement)
German 40  0 Admission Requirement
German 50 12 German 101,102,103
German 60 12 German 201,202,203 (BA/MA requirement)
Spanish 40 0 Admission Requirement
Spanish 50 12 Spanish 101,102,103
Spanish 63 12 Spanish 201,202,203 (BA/MA requirement)












Exam Fees and Instructions: 

1. CLEP Exams are proctored by Testing Services in the Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC). The fee is $115 ($80 to CLEP, $35 to SHAC Testing). See for current fees.

Please Note: Effective July 1, 2017, the new College Board CLEP fee will be $85. The current $80 fee will still apply to all exams purchased through June 30, 2017. The CLEP website and publications will be updated by July 1 to reflect the price change. If  you have any questions regarding the new fee, please email

2. To schedule an exam appointment, please visit:

SHAC Testing Services
University Center Building,527 SW Hall Street, Suite 340 Portland, OR 97201
Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 a.m.
Phone: 503-725-5301

3. If you have questions about the content of the exam, go to the official CLEP website: