Foreign Language Graduation Requirement

Before Sacramento State EnrollmentAfter Sacramento State Enrollment Proficiency Testing: Spanish | Proficiency Testing: All Other Languages | Majors Exempt from FLGR

Undergraduate students are required to meet a foreign language requirement for the baccalaureate degree. The For American Sign Language, please contact American Sign Language & Deaf Studies in Eureka Hall 401 or call at (916) 278-6639.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 Foreign Language Graduation Requirement (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.

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.

Students will be required to submit an 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

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

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 the Department of World Languages & Literatures (WLL) in a group setting, in an online format, multiple times per semester. This test may only be taken once. 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 Foreign Language Graduation Requirement for Sac State.

The fee for the SPT is $25. The registration form must be taken to the Bursar's Office in Lassen Hall 1001 whereupon payment it will be stamped as PAID. After payment, please submit the form to the WLL office in Mariposa Hall 2051 and officially register for your test date. If the desired date is full, you may have your name added to the waitlist - this does not guarantee admission. Please arrive at least 20 minutes early for check-in.  Please check with our office at or call us at (916) 278-6333 for availability.

Registration form Fall 2019 (TBA)

Fall 2019 Test Dates TBA (dates will be listed at start of semester)









Proficiency Testing: All Other Languages

The Test

In order to fulfill the FLGR for Sacramento State, the student must successfully complete at least two of the following skills: speaking proficiency, reading proficiency, writing proficiency and listening comprehension – with one skill in either reading or writing. 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, faculty or examiners 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 WLL the results will be sent to Degree Evaluations in the office of the Registrar. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for processing by the University Registrar.

It is the sole responsibility of the student to contact an evaluator and verify their credentials. A list of recommended and approved evaluators including the evaluation form can be found here and in our office in Mariposa Hall 2051 as well.

Foreign Language Proficiency Test Form

Authorized Examiners/Evaluators List for Proficiency Testing Qualifications for Evaluators

If the evaluator is located within the WLL 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 the WLL list of recommended and approved evaluators, they must provide a written statement to be printed on company, agency or institutional letterhead briefly describing their qualifications as well as which 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 realted 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.

Please submit all completed proficiency test forms and supporting documents to the Department of World Languages & Literatures in Mariposa Hall 2051.

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


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