Hispanic Studies

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

IMPORTANT NOTE

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 be granted.

General placement guidelines for students with AP scores:

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 (Buck 115, Language Resource Center). 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 Hispanic Studies 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 2020- Span 102 (Beginning Spanish), 201 (Intermediate Spanish), 203 (Conversation and Composition), 230 (Medical Spanish), 303 (Advanced Grammar and Composition), 307 (Reading and Writing Culture)

Spring 2021 - Span 101, 201, 250 (Business Spanish), 303 (Advanced Grammar and Communication), 308 (Introduction to Literature)