Examination Mark (EM) Tests in SPPO

Overview of the Credit by Exam Program in SPPO

Credit by Exam is a university-wide program that allows currently enrolled undergraduates at The Ohio State University to earn credit toward graduation upon successful completion of specific content-based exams. The Department of Spanish and Portuguese (SPPO) offers EM tests in SPAN 1101, 1102, 1155, 1103, 2202, and PORT 1101, 1102, and 1103. Any credit(s) earned through Spanish and Portuguese EM tests appears as "EM" credit on official transcripts and does not affect a student's GPA.

Typically, Spanish and Portuguese EM tests are taken after transfer credit has been posted or after a student has received a placement score for the desired language. For information regarding Spanish placement, go to the Spanish Multimedia Computer Adaptive Test (MultiCAT) web page. For information regarding Portuguese placement, please email Dr. Richard Henricksen at henricksen.6@osu.edu for details. The two-hour EM testing sessions are offered within SPPO at the beginning of autumn, spring, and summer semesters and the end of autumn and spring semesters. Before each test, a student must pre-register online at least 24-hours in advance of the pre-established test date. For more information regarding eligibility, exam content, testing schedules, fees, and more, please see below.  

Eligibility

Non-native Spanish-speaking students may seek credit by exam for SPAN 1101, 1102, 1155, 1103, 2202, and PORT 1101, 1102, and 1103 during the first week of autumn, spring, and summer semester and during the end of autumn and spring semesters. A student is eligible to take an EM test only for the level for which they are currently placed. In other words, if a student is currently placed in SPAN 1101, they may only register for the SPAN 1101 EM test. If a score of 80% or higher is achieved on the test, the student earns credit for the level and is then eligible to register for the course at the next level or take the next level EM. 

Ineligibility

A student is ineligible to sit for a Spanish or Portuguese course's EM test if they have...

  • received transfer credit for the course; 
  • received a mark or a withdrawal (W) at OSU for the course;
  • received a failing grade for the course. 

In addition, a student is ineligible to take a Spanish or Portuguese EM test for courses that are prerequisites to those for which college credit has been earned. Also, please note that a student may not repeat a Spanish or Portuguese EM test for any reason. If you have any doubts or questions about your eligibility to sit for a Spanish or Portuguese EM test, please contact Dr. Richard Henricksen at henricksen.6@osu.edu

Test Structure and Content

All Spanish and Portuguese EM tests include the following six (6) sections: listening comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, culture, reading comprehension, and writing. The content included in each test is relevant to the specific chapters covered in the course levels' textbook (¡Arriba! 7th edition for 1000-level Spanish courses, Día a día for SPAN 2202, and Ponto de encontro, 2nd edition for all 1000 level Portuguese courses).

Each course-level Spanish EM exam is designed using the following textbooks and chapters:

  • SPAN 1101: Chapters 1-4 (¡Arriba!
  • SPAN 1102: Chapters 5-8 (¡Arriba!)
  • SPAN 1155: Chapters 1-8 (¡Arriba!)
  • SPAN 1103: Chapters 9-12 (¡Arriba!)
  • SPAN 2202: Chapters 4-6 (Día a día)

Each course-level Portuguese EM exam is designed using the following textbooks and chapters:

  • PORT 1101: Chapters Preliminar-3 (Ponto de encontro)
  • PORT 1102: Chapters 4-7 (Ponto de encontro)
  • PORT 1103: Chapters 8-11 (Ponto de encontro)

Required Materials

On the day of the exam, a student must bring...

  • a valid photo ID (e.g., driver's license, BuckID, passport)
  • a pen and/or pencil
  • headphones/earphones
  • exact cash, check, or money order for $60 (further details are available below)

Note: Failure to bring a valid photo ID, writing utensils, headphones/earphones, and an acceptable form of payment to the testing session results in automatic dismissal, and the student will be required to reschedule. 

Prohibited Materials

On the day of the exam, a student may not use any external resources which include but are not limited to...

  • dictionaries
  • books
  • notes
  • cellphones
  • laptops
  • tablets
  • smart watches

These items are strictly prohibited during all testing sessions. Any suspicion of Academic Misconduct will be reported to the university's Committee on Academic Misconduct (COAM) for further investigation. 

Testing Schedule

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese administers the EM tests during pre-established test sessions at the beginning of autumn, spring, and summer semesters and the end of autumn and spring semesters. The department does not schedule personal appointments for EM tests. It is critical to arrive on time to the session; late arrivals beyond the first ten minutes of the session will not be permitted to enter the room. If a student arrives late and cannot enter the exam room, they will be required to re-register for another day and/or time. 

The upcoming Spanish and Portuguese EM testing dates and registration deadlines are:

  • Thursday, Dec. 5, from 10AM-12PM. Registration deadline: Thursday, Dec. 4, 12PM.
  • Friday, Jan. 3, from 10AM-12PM. Registration deadline: Thursday, Jan. 2, 12PM.
  • Thursday, Jan. 9, from 10AM-12PM. Registration deadline: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 12PM.
  • Thursday, Jan. 9, from 3-5PM. Registration deadline: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 5PM.
  • Friday, Jan. 10, from 9-11AM. Registration deadline: Thursday, Jan. 9, 11AM.
  • Friday, Jan. 10, from 1-3PM. Registration deadline: Thursday, Jan. 9, 3PM.

Registration

A student who wishes to take a Spanish or Portuguese EM test must register online here at least 24 hours in advance of the testing session. As stated above, a student is eligible to register only for the level in which they are currently placed. It is important to note that a student is not officially registered for an EM test until they receive a confirmation from henricksen.6@osu.edu. Lastly, an email confirming (or denying) a student's EM test registration request will be sent only to OSU email accounts. 

Fee

The administration fee for the Spanish and Portuguese EM test is $60 per test, and payment is accepted via cash, check, or money order. Credit/debit cards are NOT accepted. [Note: If a student wishes to pay in cash, they must bring the exact amount as the proctor does not carry any change]. All checks and money orders should be made payable to The Ohio State University. This fee is due at the beginning of the test session. A student who does not bring an accepted form of payment will not be permitted to sit for that session and is required to register for a later date. Absolutely no exceptions. 

Score

In order to gain credit by exam, students must achieve a minimum score of 80% on the exam. 

Posting Process

Students will be informed of the results promptly via email. If a student earns an 80% or higher, the Spanish and Portuguese EM testing coordinator, Dr. Richard Henricksen, will complete and submit an EM credit request to the student's college office for review. Once approved by the college, the request will then be submitted to the Office of the Registrar for official posting to a student's transcript. The posting process currently takes four to six weeks from the date the Registrar receives the EM request. Students earning credits for EMs can forward the email from the testing coordinator to their Academic Advisor for permission to enroll in subsequent courses pending Registrar's posting.

Disability Services

Students registered with the Office of Student Life Disability Services (SLDS) should contact Dr. Richard Henricksen (henricksen.6@osu.edu) as soon as possible to discuss accomodations for the EMs. 

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