Equivalency Examination

Marist College does not grant credits for high-school language study in any language unless it is an Advanced Placement course, or a college-level course at an Intermediate or above level.

Granting credits in French and Spanish through the CLEP tests

CLEP tests should be for adults, and be in line with Marist's policy on credits for prior learning. Generally, a student is limited to receiving six credits either at the elementary or intermediate level. To receive a total of twelve credits, a student must demonstrate an intermediate or above level fluency in the language according to the ACTFL Guidelines by taking an oral test arranged through the chairperson of the Department of Modern Languages. Generally, native speakers or persons who have lived abroad may have achieved this level of language ability.

An adult student who takes the CLEP test, receives an appropriate score, and wishes to request twelve credits should arrange for an interview with the chairperson of the Department of Modern Languages.

We continue to use the same scaled scores that appear in the CLEP brochures.

Granting credits for other languages through the NYU Program

For languages other than French and Spanish, Marist will grant credit through the New York University Equivalency Testing Program. Registration is conducted through, and must be approved by the department. Adult students are granted credit according to Marist's guidelines for prior learning (see CLEP examinations above). Traditional undergraduate students are eligible to take the NYU test toward regular Marist credits if they demonstrate an intermediate or advanced fluency in the language acquired as a native speaker or through living abroad. Non-adult students are limited to receiving six credits in languages at the intermediate or above level. Exceptionally, nine credits may be granted at the discretion of the department after an interview arranged through the chairperson of the Modern Languages.