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Foreign Languages and Cultures Advanced Placement
Advanced Placement Credits

The Department of Foreign Languages & Cultures welcomes students with previous knowledge of Chinese, French, German, Latin, Russian and Spanish.

In collaboration with the Office of Admissions and the Office of the Registrar, we have established various ways of taking into account prior coursework or knowledge of a foreign language.

In particular, students who place into a language at a level higher than 101, and who receive a grade of “B” or better OR who have taken an AP, CLEP or challenge exam may qualify for advanced placement credit, depending upon the grade earned or exam score.

Credits earned through AP and/or CLEP, are subject to the lower division credit limitations (e.g., a maximum of 8 credits).

Departmental Advanced Placement Credits

Students may earn up to 8 Departmental Advanced Placement Credits (DAPC) by placing into their first foreign language course at WSU above 101 and getting a “B” or better. The initial course must be the first course taken in that language at WSU.

Advanced Placement Courses earned through the Department of Foreign Languages are not assigned a letter grade, they are assigned an “S” grade for satisfactory, and do not configure into the WSU gpa (grade point average).

FOR EXAMPLE:

  • Take FREN 102 (Second Semester French) & get a B or better
    • Earn 4 credits for 102 PLUS 4 AP credits for FREN 101
      TOTAL 8 credits
  • Take GER 203 (Third Semester German) & get a B or better
    • Earn 4 credits for 203 PLUS 4 AP credits for GER 102
      PLUS 4 AP credits for GER 101
      TOTAL 12 credits
  • Take CHIN 204 (Fourth Semester Chinese) & get a B or better
    • Earn 4 credits for 204 PLUS 4 AP credits for CHIN 203
      PLUS 4 AP credits for CHIN 102
      TOTAL 12 credits
  • Take SPAN 407 (Fourth Semester Spanish) & get a B or better
    • Earn 3 credits for 307 PLUS 1 AP credit for SPAN 305
      PLUS 4 AP credits for SPAN 204
      TOTAL 12 credits
College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examination

These exams, designed and administered by the College Entrance Examination Board, must be taken prior to enrollment in college and require a minimum score for advanced placement credit(s) to be granted. These scores are listed below for each language area with the equivalent WSU courses and number of credits.

AP Examination    Score    WSU Equivalence Credit
Chinese Language

Chinese Language

Chinese Language

French Language

3

4

5

3

CHIN 101, 102

CHIN 101, 102,2 03

CHIN 101, 102, 203, 204

FREN 101, 102

8

12

16

8

French Language 4 FREN 101, 102, 203 12
French Language 5 FREN 101, 102, 203, 204 16
German Language 3 GER 101, 102 8
German Language 4 GER 101, 102, 203 12
German Language 5 GER 101, 102, 203, 204 16
Italian Language

Italian Language

Italian Language

Japanese Language

Japanese Language

Japanese Language

Latin

Latin

Latin

3

4

5

3

4

5

3

4

5

ITAL 101, 102

ITAL 101,102, Elect ( 4 cr)

ITAL 102,102 Elect (8 cr)

JAPN 101,102

JAPN 101,102, 203

JAPN 101,102, 203, 204

LATIN 101, 102

LATIN 101, 102, 203

LATIN 101, 102, 203, 204

8

12

16

8

12

16

8

12

16

Russian Language 3 RUS 101, 102 8
Russian Language 4 RUS 101, 102, 203 12
Russian Language 5 RUS 101, 102, 203, 204 16
Spanish Language 3 SPAN 101, 102 8
Spanish Language 4 SPAN 101, 102, 203 12
Spanish Language

Spanish Lit and Culture

Spanish Lit and Culture

Spanish Lit and Culture

5

3

4

5

SPAN 101, 102, 203, 204

SPAN 101

SPAN 101, 102

Spanish 101, 102

16

4

8

16

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College Level Examination Program exams can be taken before or after enrollment at a university, and requires a minimum score for credit to be granted. The course equivalencies listed below have been established by WSU for successful completion of the various CLEP exams.

Examination Score WSU Equivalence Credit
French Level 1 50 FREN 101 4
French Level 2 52 FREN 101 + FORL 100 4+2 = 6
German Level 1 50 GER 101 4
German Level 2 63 GER 101 + FORL 100 4+2 = 6
Spanish Level 1 50 SPAN 101 4
Spanish Level 2 54 SPAN 101 + FORL 100 4+2 = 6

 

Challenge Examinations

In rare cases, with the consent of the instructor, students may be allowed to challenge one graded language course (up to a maximum of 4 credits) through examination.

This challenge exam will approximate a cumulative final exam for the course in question, and may include oral, written, listening and reading comprehension components.

A grade of “C” or better is required for a student to pass from 101 to 102, 102 to 203, and 203 to 204 in all languages. Courses graded by S/F (including 105, 205, and 305) may not be challenged.

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