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 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 not necessary. The Foreign Language Department Academic Unit Head will sign the form before it is submitted to the Registrar.
***If you are unable to come to campus, contact Professor Elizabeth Castro at castroek@jmu.edu

2. Pay the non-refundable $25 fee in person to the University Business Office, in the Student Success Center. They will stamp it PAID. You can also pay online through M3 (Madison Money Manager) through your MyMadison account.

3. Return to Keezell 301 when you are ready to take the exam. Bring a picture ID and the form. If you paid online, have proof of payment with you. You will then be added to a Canvas site. You will need to accept the invitation to be added to the site in order to take the exam.

4. You will take the test through Canvas with LockDown Browser in Keezell 103 if space is available. If not, you can take somewhere else.

5. After the test results have been reviewed, Professor Castro will notify you.

6. Credit will be awarded for SPAN 300 if you pass with 70% and higher.

You may only take the credit by examination once. If you do not pass, you may not take the exam again.


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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