The requirement aims to assure that students will acquire a usable level of competence in a second language, involving all four skills (listening, reading, writing, and speaking).

This competence is demonstrated either:

  • Through satisfactory completion of a fourth-level language course; or
  • Through acceptable performance on a standardized or departmentally designed examination.

Entering students may fulfill the requirement by satisfactory performance on a College Board Advanced Placement of Achievement test. Students who have not taken such a test before entering the college should take the language placement examination on-line over the summer.

Students beginning their study of language, as well as those who need more study to complete the requirement, should enroll in language in their first year.

Please note that the online French exam is for diagnostic purposes only; it cannot exempt you from the language requirement, and you may also be required to take a written exam on campus.

Learn more about Language Placement Testing at Carleton.