Foreign Language Requirement

Foreign Language Placement Test and Retroactive Credit

If you have prior experience in French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian you are strongly encouraged to take a foreign language placement exam. You may place into a course beyond the first-semester level and be able to receive retroactive credit.  For additional information about retroactive credit, visit the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies in the Undergraduate Catalogue »

Take the Placement Test »

You will need your Coastal student ID and password to take the exam. Search for your Coastal University username and pin »

  • You should allow yourself approximately 30-45 minutes to complete the exam.
  • Please do not use outside resources.
  • Remember to print a copy of your scores.
  • The test should be taken only once.
  • The test is available online in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian languages.
  • NEED HELP? Contact Xinyi Tan at  843-349-4165 / 

Why it is important to do your best and not use any outside resources (including people)

Only an accurate score on the test will allow us to put you into the course that is appropriate for your level. If you are placed into a class that is beyond your skill level you will not be successful and not receive a grade sufficient to obtain the retroactive credit.

If you deliberately perform on the exam at a level below your capabilities, you will be placed in a course in which you will not be able to improve your language proficiency significantly and you will earn less or no retroactive credit.

State Seal of Biliteracy

If you earned the State Seal of Biliteracy during your foreign language studies in high school, you can use this instead of taking the placement test to be placed in the correct class and earn retroactive credit. Please email your seal documentation to

Placement is as follows:
  • Bronze Seal: placement in CHIN / FREN / GERM / ITAL / RUSS / SPAN 211. After earning a grade of C or better, retroactive credit for 115 and 210 (total 8 credits)
  • Silver or Gold Seal: placement in CHIN / FREN / GERM / ITAL / RUSS / SPAN 300+. After earning a grade of C or better, retroactive credit for 115, 210, and 211 (total 11 credits)

Foreign Language Core course requirements

View CCU Core Curriculum Communication Across Cultures section »