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