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All students whose catalog is Fall 1992 or later are required to meet a foreign language requirement for the baccalaureate degree. The policy requires proficiency to be demonstrated at a level comparable to the second semester of college level language, including American Sign Language (ASL).


The foreign language graduation requirement may be met by any one of the following:

A. Completion of the third year of a foreign language in high school (grade of “C-” or better);

B. Graduation from a secondary school where the language of instruction was not English;

C. Advanced Placement Foreign Language Examination scores of 3, 4 or 5;

D. Completion of two semesters of a foreign language at a community college or university with a grade of ”C-“ or better.

Students will be required to submit official high school or college transcripts or other admissions documents to verify the completion of this requirement.


If the language requirement has not been completed through one of the above options, students must meet the Sacramento State foreign language graduation requirement by completing one of the following options:

A. Passing intermediate-level tests in two of four skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. One of the tests passed must be in reading or writing.

Proficiency tests for Spanish are:

Time of Exam
Spanish Nov. 6, 2009 Mar. 5, 2010 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Other languages may be tested individually.

Students must sign up in the Department of Foreign Languages, MRP 2051, by Friday, October 23, 2009, for the Fall semester tests and February 19, 2010 for the Spring semester tests.

There will be a $5 charge for each test. Call the Department of Foreign Languages (278-6333) for further information;

B. Passing an advanced-level proficiency test in reading. Contact the Department of Foreign Languages MRP 2051, for more information;

C. Completing the second semester or equivalent (IB) of a college- level language (or ASL) course with a grade of “C-” or better.

Note: Students with language disabilities due to a specific learning disability, or are deaf, hearing or speech impaired, or who have sustained brain injury may, on the recommendation of the Director of Services to Students with Disabilities, satisfy the requirement in one of several alternative ways.