Credit for Prior Learning

The Department of Foreign Languages offers a Credit for Prior Learning Exam (CPL) to native and heritage speakers and writers of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. Students can elect to test for a total of 6 credits.

This exam is not the same thing as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam given through the College Board. The Department of Foreign Langauges does not recognize CLEP credits.

The CPL exam is offered once a year, in November. The CPL exam for Spanish will be offered in both November 2016 and February 2017. Contact if you are interested in taking the CPL exam for Spanish in the spring.


What is the exam?

It’s a verbal and written exam for native and heritage speakers and writers at the 301/302 level in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish.

If you don’t see your language listed above, sorry, we do not test for it.

What credit do I earn?

We do NOT test for elementary or intermediate level credit. If you score an “A” on the exam you can earn either 6 credits for both the 301 & 302 (Advanced Composition & Conversation 1 & 2) courses in your language or 3 credits for the 302 level only. If you score a “B” on the exam, you earn 3 credits for 301 only. If you score lower than a “B” you earn zero credits.

Does my test grade show on my transcript?

No, the test grade does NOT show on your transcript. Only the Course Name (301 and/or 302) and the credits appear on your transcript. The exam does NOT raise or lower your Grade Point Average (GPA.)

How much does it cost?

For 3 credits...$100 *application fee + $30 per credit = $190.00

For 6 credits...$190 *application fee + $30 per credit = $370.00

How will the CPL impact my Gen. Ed. of Core requirements

The French/German/Italian/Spanish exam credits satisfy... Gen Ed II.C.3 or 301 satisfies Core Requirement 5 and 302 satisfies Core Requirement 12.

The Arabic/Chinese/Hebrew/Japanese exam credits satisfy...Gen Ed II.D. or 301 satisfies Core Requirement 5 and 302 satisfies Core Requirement 12.

If you submit your application but don’t take the exam for any reason (illness, etc.) you do not owe the application fee. If you take the exam and don’t pass it, you still MUST pay the application fee.

How do I apply?

  1. Fill out the application and have it stamped by the Foreign Languages Office (LA 4210.)
  2. Submit the application in-person to the Registrar’s Office (Enrollment Services Building, on Osler Drive, Room 224) by Friday, November 1, 2016. No applications will be accepted after 11/1/16.
  3. Take the exam on the date given (no make-up exam for any reason.)


Credit for Prior Learning Exam Dates





Arabic Dr. Ziad Bentahar Thurs., Nov. 17 at 12pm LA 5315
Chinese Dr. Ping Fu Fri., November 4th, at 12pm LA 2120
French Dr. George McCool Fri., November 11th, at 1:30pm TBD
German Dr. Annette Budzinski-Luftig TBD TBD
Hebrew Dr. Eyal Bor TBD TBD
Italian Dr. Margherita Pampinella Fri., November 11th, at 2pm TBD
Japanese Ms. Reiko Nonogaki Fri., November 4th, at 1pm TBD
Portuguese Dr. Lea Ramsdell Fri., Nov. 11th at 8am LA 4210
Spanish Dr. Diego Del Pozo
Fri., November 11th, at 1pm
LA 4240