You must meet both of the following requirements to be able to take the exam:

- JMU placement test score at least 650 and were placed DIRECTLY into SPAN 300 (did NOT take SPAN 232 or its equivalent)

- declare a minor or major in Spanish or a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies before taking the exam

Once both of those requirements are met:

  1. Go to Keezell 301. Ask about taking Credit by Examination form for SPAN 300. Your placement test score will be verified and you will be given a form to fill out. Your advisor’s signature is NO LONGER NECESSARY. The Foreign Language Department Head will sign the form.
  2. Pay the nonrefundable $25 fee to the University Business Office, Warren Hall 302 and have the form signed.
  3. Return to Keezell 301 to take the exam. Bring a picture ID and the form with the all required signatures. You will leave this form with your completed test.
  4. The completed exam will be given to Professor Elizabeth Castro to grade. She will notify the student about the results by email. The form will be sent to the Registrar’s office.

If credit is awarded, you will be able to view it via MyMadison.

Once you have decided to take the test, and want to take another Spanish class in its place, you may want to contact professors of other classes. Let them know you are taking the SPAN300 Credit by Examination and that you would like to be in their class. An override number will still be necessary to enroll if SPAN 300 is the prerequisite even after passing the test since it will take a while for the credit to post. Ask to begin attending that class while waiting for the results so you don’t get behind. Make sure you have another class to take its place if you are in need of the credit hours to stay full time. If you pass the exam, you need to drop SPAN300. You will not be automatically dropped.

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