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Language Placement and Credit by Exam

Department of Modern & Classical Languages

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Language Placement and Credit by Exam

For information about placement into the correct language class, see below. For information about the English Oral Proficiency Interview, see English Language Center's website.  

Some reasons to take a foreign language:

  • Your major requires it
  • You wish to double major 
  • You add a language as a minor
  • You have an interest in taking language courses and traveling abroad
  • You want to earn more money in your job market after graduation

How do you know which class to sign up for?

NEVER taken foreign language before --> sign up for the introductory class level 1010

COLLEGE CREDIT or AP in foreign language --> consult your Transfer Credit Evaluation on WyoWeb and register for the next semester in the sequence (if desired)

HIGH SCHOOL classes --> you must be placed

How can you be placed?

Credit by Exam (CBE) -- Taken on the UW Campus

Students may receive up to 12 hours of academic credit by examination. The exam also places students in their correct language level.  For example, say your major requires two semesters of a single foreign language and after taking the CBE you learn that you earned credit for the first semester of the language.  This means that if you earned 4 credit hours that will appear on your transcript and have been placed into the second semester of the language.  Therefore, after completing that single semester of foreign language at UW, your requirements will be met. Note that you can’t take the CBE if you have any college or AP credit in the language.  Depending on your major either 8 hours or 12 hours of a foreign language are required.  There are exceptions, please check with your advisor in the department of your major to confirm.

The foreign language CBE is offered on campus through the Department of Modern Languages.  The exam can be taken during summer orientation sessions or during established dates/times in the languages department at the beginning of each semester, the exam is also administered by appointment with the Modern and Classical Languages department administrator.  Please email or call 307-766-4177 for details.  When you are on campus and ready to take this exam, you’ll need to first visit the Office of the Registrar in Knight Hall to obtain an approved application form.  A fee of $80 must then be paid at the Cashier’s Office.  Take the application form, the receipt of fee payment, and a photo ID with you to the languages department to schedule an appointment for taking the exam.  When you come for your exam appointment, please do not forget to bring a credit card.  The online registration process for the exam, which is administered by BYU, requires that you pay by credit card an additional $50 fee to BYU.

You will receive your test results approximately two weeks after taking the CBE.  We offer CBE for forty-nine languages including Russian, Spanish, German, French, Japanese, Arabic, and Mandarin (both Simplified & Traditional). 

Credit by Exam is available during Spring, Summer and Fall Semester by appointment.

Please call 307.766.4177 or send us an email to For more information, see CBE Information.

Note that, per University policy, you may not earn credit by examination where you already have college credit at the same level or above. For example, if you already have college credit posted for a second semester course, you may receive credit hours by examination for the third semester, but not for the first and second.

AP, CLEP, and IB Placement Exams

Upon application by the student, the University also accepts the College Board Advanced Placement Program (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) Placement exams for language credit.  Students are responsible for arranging with or to send an official copy of their results to the Office of the Registrar.  For more information about Credit Available to Undergraduate Students, please see the Office of the Registrar

AP Chinese Language

Score of 4 = 4 hours beginning language (=1010)
Score of 5 = 8 hours beginning language (=1020)

AP French Language, German Language, Latin Caesar, Latin Vergil, and Spanish Language

Score of 3 = 4 hours beginning language (=1010)
Score of 4 = 8 hours beginning language (=1020)
Score of 5 = 12 hours beginning language (=2030)

AP Spanish Literature and Culture

Score of 3 = 12 hours beginning language (=2030)
Score of 4+ = 15 hours total: 12 beginning language and 3 hours introduction to literature (=2030 and 2140)

 CLEP in French:

Score of 41 - 49 = 4 hours beginning language (=1010)
Score of 50 - 56 = 8 hours beginning language (=1020)
Score of 57 or above = 12 hours beginning language (=2030)

CLEP in German:

Score of 40 - 47 = 4 hours beginning language (=1010)
Score of 48 - 53 = 8 hours beginning language (=1020)
Score of 54 or above = 12 hours beginning language (=2030)

CLEP in Spanish:

Score of 41- 49 = 4 hours beginning language (=1010)
Score of 50 - 53 = 8 hours beginning language (=1020)
Score of 54 or above = 12 hours beginning language (=2030)

IB in French, German, Russian, and Spanish:

Score of 4 = 4 hours beginning language (=1010)
Score of 5 = 8 hours beginning language (=1020)
Score of 6/7 = 12 hours beginning language (=2030)

Contact Us

Modern & Classical Languages

Hoyt Hall 116

Dept. 3603

1000 E. University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-4176

Fax: 307-766-2727


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