Foreign Language Placement Tests & Credits

Students who were raised speaking or have studied a foreign language prior to coming to USF and would like to continue studying that language or be exempt from a portion of their language requirement must take the placement test.

The format of these tests varies. French, Chinese, German, Tagalog, Japanese and Spanish tests are available online. Arabic, American Sign Language, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Russian and Swahili must be taken on campus. Please contact Krislyn Tanaka, Program Assistant in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, at ktanaka2@usfca.edu or (415) 422-2802 to make arrangements.

Advanced Placement Credit

If you scored a 4 or 5 on the AP language exam, you are automatically exempted from Third Semester (201) and, therefore, satisfy your foreign language requirement. If you plan to continue studying the language at USF, please contact the Coordinator or Director of that language.

If you scored a 4 or 5 in the AP literature exam you are automatically exempted from Fourth Semester (202) and, depending on your level of proficiency, you may also receive credit for another 200 elective. We strongly recommend that you contact an MCL adviser for that language to determine which course might be the best fit for you.

International Baccalaureate Exam Credit

If you scored 4-7 in the Higher Level exam you are automatically exempted from Third Semester (201) and therefore satisfy your language requirement. If you plan to continue studying the language at USF, please contact the Coordinator or Director of that language.