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Language Placement

PLNU LANGUAGE PROGRAMS

MAJORS: French and Spanish

MINORS: French and Spanish

LANGUAGE CERTIFICATES: French and Spanish

OTHER LANGUAGES TAUGHT? German and Chinese (Mandarin)

PLACEMENT TEST OPTIONS

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

To take the BYU FLATS, sign up for a remote proctor 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 leader, Dr. Scott Bennett. 

Who can I ask about a language major/minor? 

Scott Bennett is our current language section leader, 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 Scott Bennett.

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.