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Credit for Prior Learning/Credit by Examination

A student may earn 12-15 credits in a first- or second-year language sequence (101/102/103 or 201/202/203). The language sequences must be taken in order (credit for one or two classes in a sequence is also permitted). A student who has earned credit in a 300- or higher-level language course or sequence will not receive credit for a first- or second-year language course/sequence or the equivalent CLEP  exam. Credit received by exam is graded P/NP (Pass or No Pass) and is available to eligible and admitted PSU students only. There is a mandatory 6-month waiting period for retaking a failed exam.

Exam Qualifications:

In order to qualify for Credit for Prior Learning/Credit by Examination, a student must:

  1. be formally admitted to PSU.
  2. be currently enrolled in or have completed a course at PSU.
  3. These courses must be numbered 100-498, but not 199, 299, 399, or 401-410.
  4. Credit for Prior Learning/Credit by Examination is currently awarded for the following languages taught in the Department of World Languages and Literatures: ASL, Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, and Vietnamese.
  5. 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. Complete a Foreign Language Requirement Verification Request form  and include the appropriate documents (diploma/transcript from home country with notarized translation) instead. 

Exam Fees and Instructions:

  1. The fee is $200 for a course or a sequence
  2. Complete and return the Foreign Language Examination Request  and Credit for Prior Learning forms to WLL for approval prior to scheduling the exam.
  3. Pay a $200 fee at the cashier’s window after obtaining the WLL Chair’s signature and return the form and cashier’s receipt together to WLL.
  4. Schedule an exam appointment with the faculty member once you receive an approval e-mail from the World Language Requirements Specialist, ZoeAnn Dimond.