Online Exemption Exam
Take the exemption exam if you wish to test out of the College’s foreign language requirement (3 quarters of college-level foreign language) through examination without taking a class.
Before further assistance from the department, please read the important details:
- DO NOT WAIT until your final quarter to attempt the exam. If you do not pass the exam, you will have to enroll in a class to fulfill your foreign language requirement.
- Students may take the exemption exam only ONCE while at UCLA.
- Part 2 of The Exemption Exam is ONLY AVAILABLE DURING THE FALL, WINTER, AND SPRING QUARTERS. Part 2 of The Exemption Exam is NOT available during the summer months.
- The department does not recommend that students wait until their final quarter to attempt the Exemption Exam. Special priority for grading will NOT be granted.
- The department is NOT responsible for failures due to your personal equipment and/or Internet and the exam will not be reset.
THE ONLINE EXEMPTION EXAM:
Part 1 – Listening, Speaking and Vocabulary
- 45 questions
- Multiple choice
- 30 minutes
Note: You must pass Part 1 with a score of 73% or better in order to take Part 2. If you achieve 73% or better, a link will appear which will direct you to Part 2. If you do not pass Part 1 with a score of 73% or better, your exam will end and you will NOT be exempt from the College Language Requirement and should enroll in the appropriate class to meet your requirement. You must submit your answers before the exam time expires. Students can take Part 1 of the Exemption Exam at any time during the academic year and the summer.
Part 2 – Writing and Speaking
- The written section consists of one prompt to which the student must respond in at least 120 words, using appropriate vocabulary and grammar that demonstrates competence.
- The student is allowed 25 minutes to complete the writing section.
- The oral exam will consist of a brief oral interview in which the student is expected to demonstrate the ability to answer questions, discuss him or herself and others in the past, present, and future, as well as express opinions.
- The oral exam is 5 minutes in length.
- You must submit your answers before the exam time expires.
The exams are equivalent in level and scope to the Spanish 3 final exams. In order to pass the Exemption Exam, you must have the ability expected from a student who successfully completes Spanish 3. The Writing Exam is scored according to the following rubric.
The Written and Oral Exams will be scored by the department and students can expect their results by the end of Week 5, through email. Please note that students will not be provided feedback on their results and will only be informed of whether they passed or not.
If you have achieved 73% or better on Part 1 of the Exam, please read below to take Part 2.
Winter Quarter Exemption Exam – Part 2:
Part 2 will be open January 4 – January 17, 2021. Part 2 will close at 11:59pm on January 17, 2020 – No exceptions!
Spring Quarter Exemption Exam – Part 2:
Part 2 will be open March 29 – April 11, 2021 and May 17 – May 23,2021. Part 2 will close at 11:59pm on April 11 and May 23, 2020, respectively – No exceptions!
GRADUATING SENIORS: We advise that you do not wait until your very last quarter to attempt the Exemption Exam because if you do not pass you will need to take the Language class(es) and this may delay your graduation date.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT TAKING THE EXEMPTION EXAM ONLINE:
In order to take the exam, you must use Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitoring, which is provided by UCLA and a link to download Respondus will appear when you click on the exam link. Please note: This exam functions best using Google Chrome.
You may take the exam from any computer, however, you are only allowed one attempt. If you have any doubts about your computer and/or Internet connection you should plan on taking the exam during drop-in hours in the Learning Lab @ Rolfe Hall 2118. For drop in availability, click here.
The department is NOT responsible for failures due to your personal equipment and/or Internet and the exam will not be reset.