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. Contact Professor John Tkac,, who will verify your test score and add you to the Canvas course for the exam. Accept the request so you can access the exam.

  2. Take the exam using LockDown Browser and notify Professor Tkac when you have submitted it. He will notify you of the results.

  3.  If you pass the exam with at least 70%, Professor Tkac will complete a form to grant you credit for SPAN 300 and request that the University Business Office charge you the non-refundable $25 fee.

  4. You must pay the fee before credit will be awarded.
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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