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Foreign Language Graduation Requirement (FLGR)

Undergraduate students are required to meet a foreign language requirement for the baccalaureate degree.

The policy requires proficiency to be demonstrated at an intermediate-level comparable to the second semester of college-level language classes (all 1B language classes, SPAN 1C & SPAN 7), including American Sign Language (ASL)*. However, some majors have been given an exemption from the FLGR. Those programs are listed below and are also noted in their catalog section. Students who change majors and are no longer in an exempt program will be subject to the University’s Foreign Language Graduation Requirement.

* For more information on how American Sign Language (ASL) fulfills the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement, please visit the American Sign Language & Deaf Studies website or contact:
Office: Eureka Hall 437
Phone: 916-278-6403

Before Sacramento State Enrollment

The FLGR may be met by any one of the following:

  1. completion of the third year of a foreign language in high school (grade of “C-” or better);
  2. graduation from a secondary school where the language of instruction was not English;
  3. advanced Placement Foreign Language Examination scores of 3, 4, or 5 or by earning CLEP & IB credits; or
  4. completion of two semesters of a foreign language at a community college or university, with a grade of “C-” or better.

After Sacramento State Enrollment

If the FLGR has not been completed through one of the above options, students must complete one of the following options:

  1. passing elementary-level proficiency tests in two of four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. One of the tests passed must be in reading or writing. A proficiency test is given in Spanish (see below) and other languages (see below).
  2. completing the second semester or equivalent (1B) of a college-level language (including ASL) course with a grade of “C-” or better.

Proficiency Testing: Spanish

A Spanish Proficiency Test (SPT) is offered by this department in a group setting, in an online format, multiple times per semester (Fall and Spring only). This test may only be taken once. The fee for the SPT is $25. Students will be tested on the following elementary-level skills equivalent to SPAN 1B:

  • Reading Comprehension, Reading Grammar & Writing – they must pass two of these skills in order to meet the FLGR for Sac State.

Spanish Proficiency Test Dates

The Fall 2020 test dates have yet to be determined.
Day Date Location Time Availability

Transferring A Fulfilled Requirement

Students will be required to submit official high school or college transcripts or other admissions documents to verify the completion of this requirement to:

  • Students applying to Sacramento State are required to send official transcripts from all previous schools attended to:
    Admissions Office
    Attn: Incoming Transcripts
    6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6048
    (916) 278-7766
  • Current students attending another school concurrently or during summer are also required to send official transcripts to:
    Office of the University Registrar
    Attn: Additional Credit
    6000 J Street
    Sacramento, CA 95819-6056

Proficiency Testing: All Other Languages

A proficiency test (in all other languages other than Spanish) can fulfill the California State University, Sacramento Foreign Language Graduation Requirement (FLGR). Fulfilling the FLGR through proficiency testing does not award academic units toward graduation in any way. Language proficiency testing is performed on an individual basis with an authorized examiner (see below) to be conducted in an interview-style format. If and when you are evaluated, it is important to stay at least 6 feet away from other people and wear a cloth face covering to slow the spread of COVID-19. It is recommended to use video chat such as Zoom, Skype or Google Hangouts to complete the evaluation. Keep a safe distance to slow the spread.

California State University, Sacramento has transitioned to virtual operations in all feasible areas of the University. We are taking steps to maximizing social distancing in our effort to help the region's COVID-19 community mitigation. Return this completed form and all supporting letters signed by your evaluator to the Department of World Languages & Literatures email in a .PDF or . JPEG format. Please do not mail in completed forms.

Foreign Language Proficiency Testing Evaluation Form (for all languages other than Spanish)

Approved Evaluators - all evaluators on this list do not require any additional documentation other than the official department form.

Qualifications for Evaluators

If and when you are evaluated, it is important to stay at least 6 feet away from other people and wear a cloth face covering to slow the spread of COVID-19. It isrecommended to use video chat such as Zoom, Skype or Google Hangouts to complete the evaluation. Keep a safe distance to slow the spread.

If the evaluator* is located within the Department of World Languages & Literatures or is employed by the university or its affiliates, then the completed evaluation form is the only documentation necessary for submission.

If the evaluator is not included on our list of recommended and approved evaluators or employed by the University, they must provide an additional written statement printed on company, agency or institutional letterhead briefly describing their qualifications as well as all skills were tested and an overall assessment. The evaluator’s contact information must be accurate and up-to-date in the event that the University Registrar chooses to contact them for verification or clarification – this responsibility lies solely with the student. The evaluator must not be related to the test taker and it is reccomended that they have some experience in the teaching field and be in good standing with their community.

Exempt Majors

If you have declared any of the following majors, then you are EXEMPT from the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement:

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