In addition to satisfying the foreign language entrance requirement, all students applying for a Bachelor of Arts degree from USF St. Petersburg must demonstrate competency in a foreign language. To demonstrate this competency, students may take either two semesters of a beginning college-level foreign language, or one semester of a higher-level course (level three or above) and earn a letter grade of “C” (no “S” grades) or above in the appropriate level course, or demonstrate equivalent competency receiving credit by examination taking a CLEP (College Level Examination Program) test.

The following limitations should be recognized:

  1. The CLEP examinations are administered on the Tampa Campus and must be taken before course registration. Testing schedules are available in USF Testing Services (SVC 2060). For more information regarding CLEP examinations, please go to the USF Testing Services web site:
  2. Students are not eligible to take a CLEP examination for any course in which they are currently enrolled or for any course in which they have been given credit from any educational institution.
  3. CLEP credit is only accepted for French and Spanish, does not count toward academic residency, and may not be duplicated by another examination program or course.
  4. Performance levels necessary to achieve CLEP credit have been established at a common level for all universities and community colleges in the State system and are listed below:
Subject Test Passing Score Course Equivalency
French Language 50 Level 1=FRE 1120; Level 2 (59)=FRE 1120 + FRE 1121
Spanish Language 50 Level 1=SPN 1120; Level 2 (63)=SPN 1120 + SPN 1121

An academic advisor should be consulted to ascertain the applicability of a specific CLEP examination toward a student’s degree requirements and the advisability of taking the examinations in a student’s specific situation.

For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator of World Languages, Dr. Susan Allen,