Procedure for Applying for ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) and ACE (American Council on Education) Credit Recommendation:

Spanish at IUP

Incoming students at IUP may receive course credit for their oral proficiency levels in Spanish through the American Council on Education (ACE) Credit Recommendation Service and Language Testing International (LTI), the assessment agency for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). See the current Undergraduate Catalog (Department of Foreign Languages/Spanish) for a list of the proficiency ratings, corresponding ACE credit recommendations, and IUP course credits in Spanish.

Students who have taken an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview through LTI, received a proficiency rating by LTI, and received credit recommendation by ACE may receive the following course credits in Spanish at IUP:

ACTFL Oral Proficiency Ratings (rated by LTI) ACE Credit Recommendations IUP Spanish Course Equivalencies
Intermediate-Mid 4 Lower Division credits Either SPAN 102 or 201, depending on placement on departmental written exam
Intermediate High/Advanced Low 8 Lower Division credits SPAN 201 and SPAN 220
Advanced Mid 10 Lower Division credits SPAN 201 and SPAN 220 and SPAN 350
Advanced High/Superior 10 Lower Division credits and 2 Upper Division credits SPAN 201 and SPAN 220 and SPAN 350 and SPAN 450

(This chart also appears in the Undergraduate Catalog under Department of Foreign Languages/Spanish.)

Note: To maximize the benefit of these credits, students must complete all steps prior to completing their first Spanish course at IUP (most commonly SPAN230).

For more information, please contact the Department of Foreign Languages.