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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 401
Phone: 916-278-6403
Email: coe@csus.edu

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
  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

Due to the interim measures based on COVID-19, the Spanish Proficiency Test (SPT) will be conducted online via Avant Assessment Remote Proctoring. Passing the SPT fulfills the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement for Sacramento State. You may only take the SPT once. You will be notified via your Sac State email of your results and the University Registrar’s Office will update your records within eight weeks of the completed test date.

Type of Test

  1. You will be tested on the following elementary-level skills equivalent to Spanish (SPAN) 1B. You must pass two of these skills in order to meet the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement for Sac State.
    1. Reading Comprehension
    2. Reading Grammar
    3. Writing
  2. Important Requirements - You are responsible for ensuring the readiness of the computer you will be using for the test.
    1. *Please note the remote proctoring system is not compatible with Chromebooks*
    2. You will need to have a web camera
    3. You will need a smart phone either iOS or Android
    4. You will need photo ID when scheduling your test and again when you take the test
  3. Helpful links to prepare for a smooth testing experience.
    1. Technology Guide for Remote Testing:
      https://avantassessment.com/remote-testing/technology-guide-for-remote-testing
    2. User Guides:
      https://avantassessment.com/guides/

Register & Pay

  1. Pay online via eMarket by clicking here - CashNet Spanish Proficiency Test
    https://commerce.cashnet.com/csusacevent?CNAME=FOREIGN
    1. Once payment is received by the Bursar’s Office, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to choose a test date and time from wll@csus.edu. This email will be sent a week after your payment is received. You have the opportunity to schedule the test on select dates and times ranging from August 23, 2021 to December 10, 2021. The last day to pay and register for this test is Friday, December 3, 2021. If you do not pay by this date, you will have to wait until the Spring 2022 to take this test. No exceptions will be made.
  2. Credit card is the only payment option. You cannot make electronic check payments on this site. To pay using personal checks or money orders, please contact the department office at wll@csus.edu.
  3. Refunds and rescheduling for future tests will not be given if you do not follow proper registration procedures or do not complete the test. If this occurs, a payment will need to be made again to the Bursar’s Office.
  4. A confirmation email with instructions on how to select your test date will be sent to your Sac State email from wll@csus.edu a week after you register. If you do not receive an email, check your spam/junk folder or email wll@csus.edu for a follow-up.

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.

In order to fulfill the FLGR, the student must successfully complete at least two of the following skills - one skill must be reading proficiency or writing proficiency.

  1. Speaking proficiency
  2. Reading proficiency
  3. Writing proficiency
  4. Listening comprehension

Testing is performed on an individual basis with an authorized examiner to be conducted in an
interview-style format. This test may only be taken once. No fee is required through this department. However, evaluators outside the department may elect to charge a fee. Students are encouraged to verify any fees in advance of their evaluation appointment. Once this form is submitted to the WLL office, the results will be sent to the Office of the University Registrar. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for the student center to be updated stating that the FLGR has been fulfilled.

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.

Return this completed form and all supporting letters signed by your evaluator to the Department of World Languages & Literatures email wll@csus.edu in a .PDF or . JPEG format.

Evaluation 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.

Non-Approved Evaluator Letter Example - if the evaluator is not included on the Approved Evaluators list, they must provide a written statement to be printed on company, agency or institutional letterhead.

Qualifications for Evaluators

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.

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

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.

Non-Approved Evaluator Letter Example - if the evaluator is not included on the Approved Evaluators list, they must provide a written statement to be printed on company, agency or institutional letterhead.

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
  • Public Health - all concentrations
  • Physics - B.S. only
  • Recreation, Parks, Tourism Administration