College of Arts & Sciences Language Requirement (for 2016-17 Catalogs and beyond)All students who major in the College of Arts and Sciences are required to demonstrate competence in a second language. The languages regularly taught at Gonzaga are Arabic, ASL, Chinese, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Japanese and Spanish.
Placement Exam InformationIf you are continuing in the study of a second language from high school you are required to complete the placement exam in order to be placed in the appropriate level.
- Students may not take a placement exam in a language once they have begun to study the language at the university level including transfer credit or study abroad.
- Placement exams may be taken only once in a particular language.
- Indicate the language you wish to take the test in and you will be given the instructions for that placement test.
- For American Sign Language (ASL), please follow the students listed in the Proficiency Exam Information section below.
Proficiency Exam InformationFor students that start at GU in Fall 2016 and beyond, those who wish to fulfill the language requirement by demonstrating competence at the 201 level rather than taking a class must take the Proficiency Exam. Students who enter Gonzaga with college credit from AP, IB or college in the high school programs may take the proficiency exam.
- Students may not take a proficiency exam in a language once they have begun to study the language at the university level including transfer credit or study abroad.
- Proficiency exams may be taken only once in a particular language.
Two Options for Taking the Proficiency Exam:
- Remote, online, proctoring is offered throughout the year, scheduled on a day and time that is convenient for you (the fee is $50)
- In-person testing is scheduled for Fall, Thursday, September 14 at 4:30 pm and Monday, November 27 at 4:30 pm (the cost is $22.90)
- Register by sending an email to email@example.com.
ASL Placement or Proficiency Test:
- Register for the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview by clicking here, then select the "Register for ASLPI" button and follow the prompts.
- Result Report distribution needs to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Language Requirement Information
- Students continuing in the study of a second language from high school are required to show competence at the intermediate level (courses numbered 201) to fulfill the College's language requirement:
201 — 201 1 102 102 201 2
- Students continuing a second language from high school whose level is beyond 201 have the following options to fulfill the College's language requirement:
Placement Exam Result
202 or above (Option A) Pass Proficiency Exam (see info above)
0 202 or above (Option B) Take a course numbered 202 or above 1 No placement exam score Pass Proficiency Exam (see info above)
- Students beginning study of a new language can meet the requirement by completing one year at the elementary level (courses numbered 101 and 102). No placement exam is required.
No placement exam
101 102 2
For exam information or registering for the proficiency exam, contact:
Kelley Bishop, Language Requirement Testing Coordinator
What should I consider?
We encourage you to fulfill the requirement early. If you are continuing a language from high school, the sooner you start, the more likely you are to need only 1 semester to fulfill the requirement. If you start a new language, you will need 2 semesters to fulfill the requirement. Planning ahead is essential.
We encourage you to take the placement exam if you plan to continue studying that language at GU.
Explore studying abroad. If you will be taking 101-102 or 102-201 sequence to complete the language requirement, you will not be able to take both courses in one semester abroad and you should plan accordingly. If you are planning to study in Florence this program requires 1 semester of Italian (fulfillment of the CAS language requirement with a language other than Italian does not exempt you from this requirement); we encourage you to take Italian 101 - 102 before you go to Florence, both to fulfill the language and the program requirement, and to have a good foundation in Italian when you arrive in Florence.
Why are there two exams? What is the difference between the two?
The placement exam is a shorter, online, un-proctored exam (40 minutes) that you can take anytime, anywhere. It provides an initial indication of your language ability in order to place you into the appropriate level.
The proficiency exam is a longer (2 hours), in-depth proctored exam that is offered on scheduled dates. It provides a complete measurement of your language ability.
The language requirement is a competency requirement. You can show you are competent at the level established by the requirement (201) by either taking and passing a course at or above that level, or taking an exam that allows you to demonstrate competence at that level. The placement exam does not demonstrate competence at a particular level. The proficiency exam does.
What if I studied more than one language in high school?
You can choose to start a new language at Gonzaga, or continue one of the languages studied in high school. When continuing with a language previously studied, only one placement exam is required.
What if I didn’t do very well in high school classes? Can I begin at the 101-level for review?
Elementary courses (numbered 101) are for beginners, students with no prior experience in that language. You are not required to continue in the same language you studied in high school. In this situation, you might consider taking a new language. If you want to continue with the same language, you will take the placement exam and begin in 102 or 201, depending on the placement results.
What is on the placement exam? Can I prepare?
The exam includes reading, writing, listening and speaking modules. It is not necessary to prepare for the session. Immediately prior to testing, you might consider spending 15 – 20 minutes reading in the language as this will probably help with basic recall.
What if I speak a language other than English at home?
If You Graduated From High School in the U.S.:
You will be required to demonstrate competence in a language other than English through a proficiency exam or the completion of a class at the 201 level or above.
Please consult with the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literature for additional information. Contact information below.
International students from non-English speaking countries:
If your primary and/or secondary education was in a language other than English, the CAS language requirement is automatically fulfilled since the proficiency threshold for admissions is advanced proficiency, exceeding the requirement of the language requirement. If you fit this description and your Degree Evaluation still shows that you need to fulfill the language requirement, please contact the Chair of Department Modern Languages and Literature. Contact information below.
What if I am proficient in a language not offered at Gonzaga (e.g., Hawaiian, Korean, Polish)?
If a proficiency exam is available in your language, you’ll take the proficiency exam. If a proficiency exam is not available, please consult with the chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literature for additional information.
How will I know where I place?
Both you and your advisor will receive an email informing you of the placement results.
Whom do I contact with questions?
For Latin and Greek, contact:
Dr. David Oosterhuis, Chair, Classical Civilizations
For American Sign Language, contact:
Dr. Kimberly Weber, Chair, Special Education, School of Education
For all other languages contact:
Dr. Ben Semple, Chair, Modern Languages and Literature
For the placement or proficiency exam or registering for the proficiency exam, contact:
Kelley Bishop, Language Requirement Testing Coordinator