Language Placement

The Second Language Requirement at UA Little Rock

Different majors have unique second language requirements. Check with your adviser if you are not sure whether you have a language requirement or to confirm what your requirement looks like. Then choose the option below that is best for you.

Options for completing the second language requirement

  • CAPE Test. If you studied a second language in high school, or if you have some prior knowledge, you should take a placement test before enrolling in a language course at UALR. The test is free and your score is available immediately. CAPE (Computer Adaptive Placement Exam) tests your vocabulary, reading, comprehension, and grammar knowledge. There is no listening or speaking section. You may take the test only once. The CAPE test is administered by the Office of Testing Services, located in the Student Services Center 315 (phone 569.3198).
If your CAPE score is: You should enroll in this level:
0-15 SPAN 1311 (Elementary Spanish I)
16-23 Spanish 1312 (Elementary Spanish II)
24-32 Spanish 2311 (Intermediate Spanish I)
33-39 Spanish 2313 (Intermediate II)
40 and above Consult with a DWL faculty member about the accelerated track
If your French CAPE score is: You should enroll in this level:
0-15 FREN 1311 (Elementary French I)
16-23 FREN 1312 (Elementary French II)
24-32 FREN 2311 (Intermediate French)
33-39 Consult with a DWL faculty member about the accelerated track
  • No prior knowledge/Mere beginners. If you have no knowledge of a second language, you will need to start in the Elementary I level of Spanish, French, Mandarin or Arabic (SPAN 1311, FREN 1311, CHIN 1311, ARAB 1311).
  • Testing out with CAPE. If you place into 2312 or higher, you may have demonstrated the proficiency needed to meet your program’s second language proficiency requirement! Consult with your adviser. If you wish to obtain retroactive credit for the courses skipped, you must take the course you placed into and earn an A or B, as explained below.
  • AP Test. If you had Advanced Placement courses in high school and received a score of 3 on the language portion of the AP test in the language you studied, you will receive credit for 1311, 1312, and 2311 (the courses needed to meet the second language requirement). There is no fee for the credits.
  • CLEP Test. Scoring well in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is another way to receive free credits. The following chart shows examples for French and Spanish.
Language CLEP score # of credits UALR courses
French 50 6 FREN 1311, 1312
56 9 FREN 1311, 1312, 2311
59 12 1311, 1312, 2311, and one additional 2000-level FREN course
Spanish** 50 6 SPAN 1311, 1312
56 9 SPAN 1311, 1312, 2311
63 12 1311, 1312, 2311 and one additional 2000-level SPAN course

** If you took the CLEP test before August 007, the cut-off score may be slightly different. Contact the Testing Office (569.3198).

  • Retroactive credit. Get college credit for what you already know. Save time and money! Students who have acquired language skills before enrolling at UALR may receive credit for their proficiency by taking the sequel language skill course and earning a grade of B or greater. Students may request a placement test to find the level at which they should enroll. Up to 12 hours, up to 3 hours of which at the upper level, may be obtained in this manner. Caution: Retro credit is not automatic: you must contact the DWL Chair to request that credits for courses skipped be added to your transcript. ** If you took the CLEP test before August 2007, the cut-off score may be slightly different. Contact the Testing Office (569.3198) if this applies to you.If you earn a C or D in the course you tested into, the course will count toward the language requirement but you are not eligible to receive credit for courses skipped.
  • Accelerated Major. Students who have already acquired advanced proficiency (usually native or heritage speakers) in French or Spanish can take advantage of their knowledge to progress more rapidly toward degree completion than regular program requirements allow. A student desiring accelerated status toward completion of a major in World Languages: French or Spanish may demonstrate proficiency as prescribed in the undergraduate cattalog to obtain 2-8 hours of credit counting towards the major. For more information or if you think you might qualify for the Accelerated Option, contact the World Languages Chair.

Other Options for Completing the Second Language Requirement

  1. Transfer credits. If you completed at least 9 hours of any language other than English at another college or university, including colleges or universities abroad, those transfer credits can be used to meet the second language requirement. Contact the department chair (569.8204) if you need more information.
  2. American Sign Language (ASL). You can meet the second language requirement by completing 9 credits of American Sign Language. ASL is offered by the Counseling, Adult, and Rehabilitation Education Department.
  3. If your first language is not English. If English is your second language, you may use the following core courses (9 credits) to satisfy the second language requirement:
    • RHET 1311 Composition I
    • RHET 1312 Composition II
    • ENGL 2337 World Literature OR ENGL 2338 World Literature Themes OR PHIL 2320 Ethics and Society
  4. Intensive English Language Program. Students who complete the 9-credit Intensive English Language Program may use those credits to satisfy the second language requirement. Contact the department chair at 569.8204 for further information.

Updated 5.20.16