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Credit by Examination, Non-Credit Proficiency Exam

Credit by Examination

Students who have proficiency in French and wish to earn credit for courses in the Basic  Language Program (FR01, 02 & 03) are eligible to take the final exam by contacting the faculty member listed below. Please note that students can only take the exam for a course that they are eligible to take per the PSU language placement policy, and students are not permitted to take a credit-by-exam test for a course that has ever appeared on their transcript.  Students who receive a grade of C or higher will earn credits toward fulfilling the language requirement, although no grade will appear on the student’s transcript. Please note that there is a fee ($120) that must be paid prior to taking the exam.

Non-Credit Proficiency Certification Exam

Students who wish to demonstrate proficiency up to the 18th credit may do so by taking a Non-Credit Proficiency Certification Exam. Students will be tested on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and must receive a grade of C to demonstrate proficiency. The fee for this exam is $60, and must be paid prior to taking the exam.

Please note that both exams are quite difficult to pass if the student has not covered the material tested in a course or does not have the adequate level of proficiency. Students who are wishing to satisfy the B.A. language requirement are only encouraged to take this test if they have a demonstrated proficiency in French.

Students wishing to take either exam are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the material covered in the Basic Language Program by looking at the following chapters of the textbooks Portails.

FR 01 : Portails, chapters 1-5
FR 02 : Portailschapters 6-10
FR 03 : Portails, chapters 11-15

Please note that the exam is not given the last two weeks of the semester. Students who take the test the semester they hope to graduate should keep in mind that it takes up to four weeks to process the results and send it to the appropriate College.

If you would like to schedule one of these exams, please contact Dr. Heather McCoy (hjm10@psu.edu).