Student Resources

Retroactive Credit 

By taking a placement exam students have the opportunity to receive retroactive credit for beginning and intermediate courses in their language of study. Once students have completed the course into which they were placed with a grade of C or higher they may request any retroactive credit earned (up to a maximum of 16 credits depending on the language of study).

Requests for retroactive credit are handled in the Office of World Languages and Literatures in 309 Clements Hall. Retroactive credits do not count toward fulfilling the Second Language Requirement. For example, if a student’s placement exam score indicated s/he should enroll in 1402, the student would need to take 1402 and 2401 to fulfill the language requirement, despite the fact that retroactive credit for 1401 may be awarded after completion of 1402. 

Retroactive Credit Policy:

By taking a placement exam, students have the opportunity to apply for and receive retroactive credit for beginning and intermediate (first- and second-year only) courses. Once students have completed the course into which they placed with a grade of C or higher, they may apply for and receive any retroactive credit earned. Requests for retroactive credit must be completed and turned in to Brandon Miller, Clements 230 (bgmiller@smu.edu). Retroactive credits do not count towards fulfilling the second language requirement.

To download a copy of the retroactive credit form, please click here.

 

 

Arabic Retroactive Credit Scale

If you test into:

You can apply for and receive retroactive credit for:

Total retroactive credit earned:

ARBC 1402

ARBC 1401

4 credits

ARBC 2301

ARBC 1401 & 1402

8 credits

ARBC 2302

ARBC 1401, 1402 and 2301

11 credits

ARBC 3301

ARBC 1401, 1402, 2301 and 2302

14 credits:

 

Chinese Retroactive Credit Scale

If you test into:

You can apply for and
receive retroactive credit for:

Total retroactive credit earned:

CHIN 1402

CHIN 1401

4 credits

CHIN 2401

CHIN 1401 & 1402

8 credits

CHIN 2402

CHIN 1401, 1402 and 2401

12 credits

CHIN 3311 or above

CHIN 1401, 1402, 2401 and 2402

16 credits

 

French Retroactive Credit Scale

If you test into:

You can apply for and receive retroactive credit for:

Total retroactive credit earned:

FREN 1402

FREN 1401

4 credits

FREN 2401

FREN 1401 & 1402

8 credits

FREN 2302

FREN 1401, 1402 and 2401

12 credits

FREN 3356 or above

FREN 1401, 1402, 2401 and 2302

15 credits

 

 

German Retroactive Credit Scale

If you test into:

You can apply for and receive retroactive credit for:

Total retroactive credit earned:

GERM 1402

GERM 1401

4 credits

GERM 2311

GERM 1401 & 1402

8 credits

GERM 2312

GERM 1401, 1402 and 2311

11 credits

GERM 3311 or above

GERM 1401, 1402, 2311 and 2312

14 credits

 

 

Italian Retroactive Credit Scale

If you test into:

You can apply for and receive retroactive credit for:

Total retroactive credit earned:

ITAL 1402

ITAL 1401

4 credits

ITAL 2401

ITAL 1401 & 1402

8 credits

ITAL 2402

ITAL 1401, 1402 and 2401

12 credits

ITAL 3357 or above

ITAL 1401, 1402, 2401 and 2402

16 credits

 

Japanese Retroactive Credit Scale

If you test into:

You can apply for and receive retroactive credit for:

Total retroactive credit earned:

JAPN 1402

JAPN 1401

4 credits

JAPN 2401

JAPN 1401 & 1402

8 credits

JAPN 2402

JAPN 1401, 1402 and 2401

12 credits

JAPN 3311 or above

JAPN 1401, 1402, 2401 and 2402

16 credits

 

 

Latin Retroactive Credit Scale

If you test into:

You can apply for and receive retroactive credit for:

Total retroactive credit earned:

LATN 1402

LATN 1401

4 credits

LATN 2311

LATN 1401 & 1402

8 credits

LATN 2312

LATN 1401, 1402 and 2311

11 credits

LATN 3000-level or above

LATN 1401, 1402, 2311 and 2312

14 credits

 

 

Russian Retroactive Credit Scale

If you test into:

You can apply for and receive retroactive credit for:

Total retroactive credit earned:

RUSS 1402

RUSS 1401

4 credits

RUSS 2341

RUSS 1401 & 1402

8 credits

RUSS 2351

RUSS 1401, 1402 and 2341

11 credits

RUSS 3000-level or above

RUSS 1401, 1402, 2341 and 2351

14 credits

 

 

Spanish Retroactive Credit Scale

If you test into:

You can apply for and receive retroactive credit for:

Total retroactive credit earned:

SPAN 1502/1402

SPAN 1401

4 credits

SPAN 2401

SPAN 1401 & 1402

8 credits

SPAN 2302

SPAN 1401, 1402 and 2401

12 credits

SPAN 3358 or above

SPAN 1401, 1402, 2401 and 2302

15 credits