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

FALL 2022 PLACEMENT TEST - August 29 

We will be offering an in-person opportunity to take the BYU FLATS to help place you in your level of language competency. The placement exam will be held on Monday, August 29 from 11am to 1:30pm in Ryan 215 (Language Computer Lab).  

 

To sign up, complete the online registration form (sending results to Paula Cronovich, PLNU, 3900 Lomaland Dr), and let us know you're registered so that we can save you a seat in the language lab.

 

Please Note: You MUST register online before the test to take it with us on August 29. Please also bring your own laptop and earbuds / headphones to use for the exam.

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.

BYU FLATS - REMOTE OPTION

To take the BYU FLATS, sign up for a remote proctor (Paula Cronovich or Jacque Mitchell) and submit your results to PLNU for review and possible placement.

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

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.