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Language Placement

PLNU LANGUAGE PROGRAMS

LJWL offers language courses in Spanish, French, and Italian. Jumpstart your language program with a language placement test to begin at your level of language competency.

LANGUAGE PROGRAM OPTIONS

MAJORS: French and Spanish

MINORS: French and Spanish

LANGUAGE CERTIFICATES: French and Spanish

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PLACEMENT TEST OPTIONS

SPRING 2023 PLACEMENT TEST

Our Spring 2023 in-person language placement test has passed. The next in-person test will be held in Fall 2023 (details coming soon). If you would like to take the test before Fall 2023, please sign up for a remote proctor using the information below. Thank you!

Note: Beginning in Fall 2023, our in-person language placement test will be offered for French and Spanish ONLY. If you are interested in testing in a language other than French or Spanish, you may take the test with a remote proctor (instructions below).

BYU FLATS - REMOTE OPTION

If you cannot attend our in-person language exam, or if you would like to test in a language other than French or Spanish, you have the option to take it with a remote proctor. To take this version, sign up for a remote proctor (select "Autofill Proctor360 as my proctor") and submit your results to PLNU for review and possible placement.

Information for "Sending Results to Your School":

  • Name: Madi Bucci

  • Department: Literature, Journalism, Writing, & Languages

  • University: Point Loma Nazarene University

  • Address: 3900 Lomaland Dr

  • City, State Zip: San Diego, CA 92106

  • Phone: 619-849-2695

  • Email: mbucci@pointloma.edu

More information can be found here: https://info.flats.byu.edu/about-proctors/

CONSIDERING A MINOR OR A MAJOR?

Contact us at LJWL@pointloma.edu to see see about an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) to help you get started in language courses that meet your competency level.

OTHER LANGUAGE EXAMS?

If you completed one of the following exams prior to enrollment at PLNU, you may submit your official score to the PLNU Records Office for language placement review: AP, BYU FLATS, CLEP, IB, or OPI.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How can I earn a language degree? 

Visit the PLNU website to see a complete list of programs and courses. If you are interested in a major, minor, or language certificate, contact our language section leaders, Dr. Paula Cronovich and Prof. Jacque Mitchell. 

Who can I ask about a language major/minor? 

Paula Cronovich and Jacque Mitchell are our current language section leaders, but all LJWL language faculty, including the following, can assist with questions pertaining to language courses:

Will I get unit credit for a placement test? 

You do not earn unit credit for the following placement tests: BYU FLATS or OPI.

If taken prior to matriculation at PLNU, you may receive unit credit for CLEP, IB, or AP tests. For more information about CLEP, click here.

What do I need to score to place out of FE/GE courses? 

The BYU Flats exam provides placement information that will tell you the appropriate course placement based on your results. **Please note, LJWL faculty must review and approve your scores before you will be placed in a higher level course.

If I am a non-native speaker of English. Can I waive the foreign language requirement? 

While we would encourage you to take on a new language at the college level, if you who completed high school or college coursework in a language other than English, it is possible you are eligible for a waiver of the FE/GE foreign language requirement. For more information, please contact Paula Cronovich and/or Jacque Mitchell.

I took an AP/IB class in high school and passed the test. Do I still have to take a foreign language?

Check the PLNU catalog for placement info about AP and IB credit. Not all scores result in placement beyond the FE/GE level requirement. 

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