Proficiency in a foreign language is one of the general education (core) requirements for graduation from Pacific University. To fulfill the Foreign Language Core Requirement, you must demonstrate the successful completion of a 102-level course or its equivalent. Pacific University offers courses in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.
All incoming first year students are required to take the Foreign Language Placement Test prior to advising and registration for fall courses. The Placement Test is a web-based test that can be taken anywhere, anytime. The test scores provide the appropriate placement level for continuing language study. If you do not complete the placement test in time for advising and registration, your registration may be delayed.
You do not need to take the Placement Test if 1) you have never studied a second language, or 2) if you intend to begin study of a language you have never learned before (for example, if you studied Spanish in high school, but you intend to learn Japanese at Pacific.)
If your Placement Test score recommends a placement beyond the 102-level requirement, you may register for higher level classes. This places you on a fast track to a major or minor in the language. You may also qualify to take a proctored Proficiency Test to be exempt from the Foreign Language Core Requirement.