AP and Placement Exam Information
IWU requires the following semesters of second language for graduation
B.A. and B.S. – third semester (Span 201 - intermediate) proficiency
B.M.E. – no language proficiency
B.F.A. – second semester (Span 102 - novice) proficiency
B.S.N. – no language proficiency
B.M. – second semester (Span 102 - novice) proficiency
Recognition of proficiency does NOT equate to receiving course unit credit. IWU does
not grant course unit or degree credit as a result of placement exams. However, since the General Education requirement in this area is a proficiency requirement
rather than a course unit requirement, the second language requirement alone can be
satisfied in this way.
PLACEMENT BY AP TEST SCORES
A score of 4 or 5 on the respective AP language test (NOT English) means that the student has met the
Second Language General Education requirement AND that one course unit of credit will
General placement guidelines for students with AP scores:
- AP score of 5 - start in Spanish 303 (requirement for the major and minor). If 303 is closed/conflicts
with scheduling, set up an appointment with the Department Chair to discuss alternatives.
- AP score of 4 - start in Spanish 203 (elective for the major and minor)
- AP score of 3 - start in Spanish 201
PLACEMENT BY TEST SCORES
If a student does not place into a language via an AP test, a placement test needs
to be taken at IWU. Results from language placement exams serve to recognize language
ability, to allow students to enroll in an appropriate course, or fulfill general
education credit in Second Language (LA). Students MAY NOT take a placement test
in a language once they have begun to study the language at the university level,
including transfer credit or study abroad.
Placement tests may be taken only ONCE in a particular language. However, students
may test in more than one language. Spanish placement tests are given in an on-line
format during New Student Orientation before registration occurs. If you didn't/don't
have the opportunity to take the exam during your New Student Orientation in August,
see the Director of Academic Advising, Chandra Shipley (309 5563231, firstname.lastname@example.org). Operations Coordinator in Buck 115 to set up an exam time or call 309-556-3044.
STUDENTS CONCERNED WITH PLACEMENT TEST RESULTS
Students need the approval of the Department Chair if they wish to enroll in a course
at a level other than which they were placed.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE OF SPANISH COURSES
Fall semester- Span 102 (Beginning Spanish), 201 (Intermediate Spanish), 203 (Conversation and Composition),
230 (Medical Spanish), 303 (Advanced Grammar and Composition), 307 (Reading and Writing
Spring semester - Span 101, 201, 240 (Spanish for Social Justice) or 250 (Business Spanish) alternating
semesters, 303 (Advanced Grammar and Communication), 308 (Introduction to Literature)