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Department of Modern Languages: Placement and Credit by Exam

Language Requirement

Fall 2014 and thereafter: You will complete the Colonnade Plan requirement of demonstrated proficiency at the Novice High level or higher. How can you do this?

Colonnade Plan World Language Requirement (pdf)
Flow Chart of Options (pdf)
STAMP Results (pdf)

2004-2014: If your catalog term is summer term 2004 through summer 2014, you need to complete the second semester course (102) or higher, or take another approved course such as ASL 102, or approved courses in Philosophy and Religion. See the Undergraduate Catalog for your catalog year for details.

Spring 2004 and before: Complete a 101 language course or other approved course. See the Undergraduate Catalog for your catalog year for details.



The Department of Modern Languages does not have a free online placement exam at this time. You can place using one of the following methods:

Self-placement: Read the Proficiency Descriptors for 101-202 courses and self-place.

Placement by exam: A STAMP, CLEP or AP Score will indicate what course you are ready for. See Credit by Examination for CLEP and AP. See STAMP results for STAMP. Register for STAMP or CLEP at WKU Counseling and Testing. Fees will apply. STAMP and CLEP should be taken before earning university credit.

Consult a faculty member: Have you tried self-placement and aren't sure where to start? Would you like to consult with a professor? Contact the appropriate faculty member for your language.

If you want to start a new language, you should begin with a 101 course. 101 courses are for true beginners. 102 courses are for students who have met the learning outcomes in a 101 course.


Credit by Exam

See general university information on Credit by Examination for languages and credit award information.

CLEP is most suitable if you have taken 3 or more years of language in high school. Scores can result in 6, 9, or 12 hours of credit and provide the basis for placement. A minimum score of 50 is required.

The Department of Modern Languages at WKU has a very generous Advanced Placement credit policy. A score of 3 yields 9 credit hours, a 4 is worth 12 credit hours, and a 5 yields 15 credit hours. Even if you earned a 2, you may be able to begin your college studies in a 201 course.

Departmental Credit by Examination for individual courses may be requested. See the Credit by Examination for conditions. Contact to begin the process.


Verified Credit

The Department of Modern Languages grants up to 6 hours of university credit for a fee of $25 per credit for previous knowledge of a language if you enroll at a higher level than 101 and earn a C or better. For example, if based on 2 years of high school language you are ready for a 102 course and you earn a C or better, you come to the department, fill out a "Verified Credit" form, take it to the Registrar where you pay the fee, and credit will be issued for previous language courses. If based on 3 years of high school language you are ready for a 201, and you earn a C or better, you could get credit for 101 and 102 in that language.


Policy on Placement of Native or Near-native Speakers

You and your academic advisor and/or language professor should make every effort to get you placed properly according to your previous knowledge. If you grew up speaking a language other than English at home, you may be able to get credit for what you know. This saves you time, money and effort. If you already read, write, speak and understand a language well, you may not take elementary courses in that language. International students should consult the current Undergraduate Catalog to learn how to fulfill the language requirement.

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