Placement Tests and Graduate Reading Exams
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 successful completion (e.g. a grade of at least “B” in LANG 102 or higher) of at least two courses at the next proficiency level in the language taken at UND, the lateral credits will be awarded.
- 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).
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.
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.