Department of World Languages and Literatures

How to Meet the Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement

FOR STUDENTS WITH CATALOG RIGHTS BEGINNING FALL 1992 AND LATER

NOTE: To meet the graduation requirement for foreign language, students may use
1) previous foreign language coursework,
2) Sac State foreign language coursework,
3) other higher education institution language coursework,
4) language proficiency testing (testing out of coursework, including AP Advanced Placement Foreign Language Examination scores of 3-4-or-5, CLEP and IB credits), or
5) using the exemption for certain Majors/Concentrations at Sac State.

Please read the following (items I, II, IIA, IIB, IIC below) carefully.

If you are a Nursing program applicant, please see important information below.

If you want to TEST OUT of a language, see the group test for Spanish below, or Read and follow links for Languages other than Spanish below.

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I. Before You Enroll At CSUS

The Foreign Language requirement may be met by various options on language training: please read the University Manual "Student Registration & Advising Guide", using links under the "Advising FAQs" for the "Foreign Language Graduation Requirement" link and the "General Education" link (on left sidebar) then clicking on "Sacramento State Foreign Language Requirement". NOTE: Some courses/tests will meet the Graduation Requirement AS WELL AS provide GE and Elective Units of credit.

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II. After You Enroll At CSUS

NOTE: If you have declared any of the following majors, then you are EXEMPT from the Foreign Language Requirement (new as of Fall 2013):

  • Computer science - all concentrations
  • Business administration - all concentration
  • Chemistry - B.S. only
  • Engineering - all concentrations
  • Health Sciences - all concentrations
  • Kinesiology: Athletic Training, and Exercise Science
  • Nursing - all concentrations
  • Physics - B.S. only
  • Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration

==> If you have NOT demonstrated proficiency through one of the above, listed in Item I., you must meet the CSUS foreign language proficiency graduation requirement by one of the following (A, B, or C):

===>>A. PROFICIENCY TESTING OPTION (intermediate): Pass intermediate-level tests in TWO of four skills: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. One of the tests you pass must be in Reading or Writing. These tests are overseen by the Department of World Languages and Literatures, Mariposa Hall MRP 2051. More information is provided in the links below. A Spanish group test for Listening and Reading skills is provided as an option; other languages are evaluated in an interview setting for Speaking and Reading. See procedures below.

===>>B. PROFICIENCY TESTING OPTION (advanced): Pass advance-level tests in TWO of four skills: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking, or Advanced Reading or Advanced Writing alone will meet the requirement. These tests are overseen by the Department of World Languages and Literatures, Mariposa Hall MRP 2051. More information is provided in the links below. A Spanish group test for Listening and Reading skills is provided as an option; other languages are evaluated in an interview setting for Speaking and Reading. See procedures below.

**SPECIAL NOTE ON PROFICIENCY SKILLS FOR NURSING PROGRAM ADMISSION POINTS: The Nursing Department gives additional points on Admissions Applications for Nursing students who can speak another language. See below for additional information on the Nursing Program admissions.

PROFICIENCY TESTING INFORMATION FOR OPTIONS "II. A" AND "II. B" (Testing out of coursework at the intermediate or advanced levels):

Languages offered for testing WITHIN the W.L.L. Dept, on an appointment basis, or on a test-date (Spanish-only):
Cantonese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Spanish

Languages for which testing is available OUTSIDE the regular W.L.L. Dept offerings, on an appointment basis:
African languages, Afrikaans, Am Sign Language, Arabic, Bengali, Dutch, Farsi, Flemish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Khmer, Korean, Moldavian, Philippine languages, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovakian, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese. Other languages may be tested as well.

See "Authorized Examiners" link below and special circumstances at the bottom of that link.

Procedures for proficiency testing in Spanish only (Listening & Reading Skills): top of page

  • Spanish testing is done in a group setting, multiple times per semester.
  • A Spanish Proficiency Testing Registration Form is required. Please print this form. (Printed forms are also available in the dept. office MRP 2051)
  • Test location is Mariposa Hall 2000. Note different times and dates below for 2017-2018:
    • Afternoons on Fridays, 3-4:30pm: Sep 15, Oct 13, Oct 27, Nov 3, Dec 8, Jan 19, Feb 2, Apr 13, Apr 27, May 4, Jun 22
    • Evenings on Fridays, 6-7:30pm: Sept 29, Feb 23, Mar 16
  • ONLY 20 Students can sign up for each date/time, on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • For Fall and Spring tests, there is a $10 exam fee. Take your test Registration Form to the Bursar's Office in Lassen Hall 1001 to pay the fee; it will be stamped as PAID. Submit paid form to the Department of World Languages and Literatures Office in MRP 2051. 
  • The Department of World Languages and Literatures will submit student names to the Registrar's Office, where student records will be updated in approximately 6-8 weeks after their exam verification has been received.

Procedures for proficiency testing Evaluation in ALL OTHER LANGUAGES: top of page   

  • This Evaluation process is to assess SPEAKING and READING SKILLS (can also be Writing skills). Students will need to print the Evaluation Form.
  • Language testing (or evaluation) is done on an individual basis, on an appointment basis. This "test" is really an INTERVIEW with the Authorized Examiner from the Department of World Languages and Literatures faculty, or an expert from outside the department. If your language is not on the authorized examiner list of languages, then use the last option, at the very bottom, on the "Authorized Examiner" page for testing your language skill. It may not actually be a "test"; it may be a speaking interview and reading materials for comprehension in your language. Usually Speaking and Reading are evaluated. It is the student's responsibility to contact authorized examiners and make contact/make an appointment with them directly. Print the Evaluation Form (links provided in this paragraph) for starting this process - see specific information on the "Authorized Examiner" page.
  • No fee is required if assessment is done with a Department of World Languages and Literatures faculty member. However, faculty or authorized examiners outside the department may elect to charge a fee, payable directly to the examiner. Evaluators from off-campus will most likely charge a $10 fee, so be prepared to pay them directly in cash. Students should verify fees with their examiner in advance of testing.
  • Please print the Proficiency Testing Evaluation Form which is required for the examiner. In addition to this form, Non-campus Examiners also need to provide the student with a separate written/signed statement to verify the student’s language proficiency, typically in Speaking and Reading. These individuals should write their letters on their company stationery, letterhead, or form with the company or institution logo, name, and contact information printed on it. A business card can be used as well.
  • Student Proficiency Evaluations forms will be evaluated weekly during the regular semester. The Department of World Languages and Literatures will submit student names to the Degree Evaluations Office, where student records will be updated in approximately 3-4 weeks after their exam verification has been received from the Foreign Language Proficiency Coordinator. Submission of Language Evaluation forms over the summer will be processed at the start of the Fall semester.
  • If you have any questions or need further clarification, contact the Proficiency Coordinator (contact info at bottom of this page).

===>>C. COURSE WORK OPTION: Complete the first year (two semesters or the equivalent) of a foreign language at the college level, with grades of "C-" or better. The requirement is the second class, which is generally taken after the first one, in order to obtain the requisite knowledge. The following courses are available at CSUS. (NOTE: the completion of an equivalent Community College 2nd semester language course, or other institution, is also acceptable.)

CHIN 1A and CHIN 1B                             GERM 1A and GERM 1B             KORN 1A and KORN 1B
EDS 51 (ASL) and EDS 52 (ASL)               ITAL 1A and ITAL 1B                PUNJ 1A and PUNJ 1B
FREN 1A and FREN 1B                             JAPN 1A and JAPN 1B               SPAN 1A and SPAN 1B

The following courses are third semester classes offered at CSUS which also meet the requirement at a higher level than the 1B level:

CHIN 2A                EDS 152                GERM 2A               ITAL 2A                       SPAN 2A                     SPAN 7
FREN 2A                GERM 5A               JAPN 2A                SPAN 5A                      SPAN 142

Note: CSU/CSUS Global Education/Study Abroad also offers instruction overseas in Danish, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. For more information, contact the Office of Global Education (Lassen Hall Rm 2304, Telephone (916) 278-6686).

***ANY STUDENT TAKING AN UPPER DIVISION LANGUAGE CLASS, TAUGHT IN THE LANGUAGE WITH WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS & CLASS DISCUSSIONS IN THE LANGUAGE, HAS MET THE LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT.

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NURSING program applicants ONLY:

Procedures for proficiency testing in speaking a Foreign Language.  top of page

This Evaluation process is to assess SPEAKING skills specifically, for additional competitive points in the application process to this program. (Students can be evaluated in other skills, but only the Speaking skill will qualify for application admission points in the Nursing program.) If the student applicant has native, near-native or heritage speaking skills, that student can use the Nursing Proficiency Testing Evaluation Form. The student needs to set up an interview with an Authorized Examiner (below) or an outside Examiner. Submit the Nursing Proficiency Evaluation Form to Mariposa Hall MRP 2051. The Department of World Languages and Literatures will submit this qualifying paperwork to the Nursing Admissions department.

The same form can also be used for the Graduation Requirement, if that box is checked as well, AND the student signs up for a Reading or Writing test, or Listening & Reading test, as well as Speaking skills.

IF A STUDENT WOULD LIKE TO BE ASSESSED ON SPANISH LANGUAGE SPEAKING SKILLS for NURSING ADMISSIONS, an appointment can be made with an evaluator from the examiners list.

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Additional Documents:

Authorized Examiners List (temporarily unavailable - please contact the Proficiency Coordinator or Department Office)

Steps for the University’s Foreign Language Graduation Requirement

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If you have any questions or need further clarification, contact:

Department of World Languages and Literatures
CSU, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6087
Phone: (916) 278-6333 or email at wll@csus.edu

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