Placement Tests and Graduate Reading Exams
Foreign Language Placement and Credit Testing is conducted by UND's Testing Center.
Students with a background in a foreign language may receive advanced placement and/or credit by taking a test in that language. Students who successfully test out of a course or courses may choose to receive credit for the applicable course(s). The fee for receiving credit is 1/2 the resident tuition cost of the applicable course.
When to Take a Test
It is strongly recommended that students take this test during freshman orientation. Students already enrolled in a language course who wish to test out of that course must take it before the last day to drop without record (usually the second Wednesday of the semester).
Credits earned through the Foreign Language Placement & Credit Test do count toward the Fine arts and Humanities requirement of the "Breadth of Knowledge" section, but do not not count towards the Global Diversity Essential Studies Requirement or the World Cultures General Education Requirement.
Credit which a student has earned through College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests may, in certain circumstances, be recognized by UND. See the Admissions Office for requirements.
Students who have completed French, German, Latin, or Spanish Advanced Placement (AP) courses with appropriate scores may also receive credit. This credit is normally equivalent to Levels I and II in that language.
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.