Language Equivalency Exam
THE NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGE GRADUATION REQUIREMENT
- Curriculum I – first two courses or demonstrated equivalency
- 3 Crowns Curriculum – first three courses or demonstrated equivalency
- Eligibility for Phi Beta Kappa – first four courses or demonstrated equivalency
The equivalency exam proves you have the ability equivalent to that of two college-level foreign language courses (Curriculum I); three college-level foreign language courses (3 Crowns Curriculum); and four college-level foreign language courses (for Phi Beta Kappa students). The equivalency exam is a comprehensive exam that measures your reading, writing, listening and speaking abilities in French, German or Spanish.
WHO SHOULD TAKE THE EQUIVALENCY EXAM?
- If you think you can demonstrate equivalency in French, German, or Spanish to fulfill the graduation requirement and do not plan to study any Non-English language at Gustavus.
WHO DOES NOT NEED TO TAKE THE EQUIVALENCY EXAM?
- If you are completing your language requirement through courses at Gustavus.
- If you have college credit equivalent to two semesters (College in the Schools, AP [score 4 or higher], IB [higher level exams], PSEO) you do not need to prove equivalency. For more information see the admissions website or contact the Registrar.
- If you are a native or heritage speaker of Spanish you should set up an appointment with Dr. María Isabel Kalbermatten.
WHEN AND HOW DO I TAKE THE EQUIVALENCY EXAM?
This exam is done on campus at the Culpeper Language Learning Center (Confer/Vickner 108). Exams are generally offered the first week of classes in Spring and Fall, the week before registration, and the week of registration. Equivalency exams are not offered outside of this schedule. Please plan accordingly. Note that prior registration is required and limited seats are available. ID Required at the time of exam.
If you have any questions regarding placement or the equivalency exam, please contact Dr. Laurent Dechery for French; Pat Branstad for German; and both Dr. María Isabel Kalbermatten and Dr. Ana Adams for Spanish.
TO PROVE EQUIVALENCY FOR LANGUAGES OTHER THAN FRENCH, GERMAN, OR SPANISH
Contact the following individuals to prove equivalency for:
- Chinese- Dr. Nan Li
- Greek- Dr. Matt Panciera
- Italian- Dr. Angelique Dwyer
- Japanese- Dr. Toshiyuki Sakuragi
- Latin- Dr. Matt Panciera
- Portuguese- Dr. Patric Giesler
- Russian- Dr. Denis Crnkovic
- Sanskrit- Dr. John Cha
- Swedish- Dr. Kjerstin Moody
To demonstrate proficiency in a language which Gustavus does not teach and for which we do not have an existing examination protocol, non-international students whose first language is not English may obtain a letter, on letterhead stationery, from a respected member of the community who speaks the language. This might be a leader in a community organization, a church leader, someone who teaches the language to younger members of the community, or a supervisor with whom the student has worked. This individual should write a letter verifying that the student can both speak and has proficiency in either reading or writing the language. The writer of the letter should indicate in what connection he or she has known the student and how they know of the student’s language proficiency. The student’s Gustavus ID number should be included in the letter, which can be sent to the Registrar, Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 West College Avenue, St. Peter, MN 56082. Members of the Language Task Force will evaluate the evidence and make a determination about whether the student has met the language requirement. If you have questions please contact the MLC Chair or consult with your advisor and/or the Registrar.