Credit by Examination in SPPO

Overview of the Credit by Examination Program in SPPO

Credit by Examination is a university-wide program which 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 exams in SPAN 1101, 1102, 1155, 1103,  2202 and PORT 1101, 1102, and 1103.. Any credit(s) earned through Spanish or Portuguese EM exams appears as "EM" credit on official transcripts and does not affect a student's GPA.

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


Non-native Spanish-speaking students may seek credit by examination 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 finals week of autumn and spring semesters. A student is eligible to take an EM exam 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 exam. If a score of 80% or higher is earned on the exam, the student is then eligible to register for the course at the next level of SPAN or PORT or take the next level EM. 


A student is ineligible to sit for a Spanish or Portuguese course's EM exam 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 exam 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 exam for any reason. If you have any doubts or questions about your eligibility to sit for a Spanish or Portuguese EM exam, please contact Dr. Richard Henricksen at

Exam Structure and Content

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

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

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

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

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

Exam Materials & Prohibited Items

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 utensil, headphones/earphones and 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
  • headphones

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

EM exams are administered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese during pre-established exam sessions at the beginning of autumn, spring, and summer semesters; the department does not schedule personal appointments for EM exams. It is critical to arrive on time to the exam; 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 EM testing dates and registration deadlines are:

  • Friday, Aug. 16th from 1-3PM. Registration deadline: Thursday, Aug. 15th, 3PM. 
  • Wednesday, Aug. 21st from 1-3PM. Registration deadline: Tuesday, Aug. 20th, 3PM.
  • Thursday, Aug. 22nd from 9-11AM. Registration deadline: Wednesday, Aug. 21st, 11AM. 
  • Thursday, Aug. 22nd from 2-4PM. Registration deadline: Wednesday, Aug. 21st, 4PM. 
  • Friday, Aug. 23rd from 10AM-12PM. Registration deadline: Thursday, Aug. 22nd, 12PM. 
  • Friday, Aug. 23rd from 2-4PM. Registration deadline: Thursday, Aug 22nd, 4PM. 


A student who wishes to take a Spanish or Portuguese EM exam 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 exam until they receive a confirmation from Lastly, email confirming (or denying) a student's EM exam registration request will be sent only to OSU email accounts. 


The administration fee for the Spanish and Portuguese EM test is $60 per exam 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 exam 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 exam 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. 


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

Posting Process

Students will be informed of the results promptly via e-mail. 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. See your Academic Advisor for permission to enroll in subsequent courses pending Registrar's posting. 

Disability Services

Any student who is registered with the Office of Student Life Disability Services (SLDS) and feels they may need an accommodation for the Spanish and Portuguese EM should contact Dr. Richard Henricksen ( as soon as possible. 

If you wish to learn more about diagnostic testing for undiagnosed learning disabilities, contact SLDS to speak with a disability counselor who can connect you with the appropriate resources. The Office of Student Life Disability Services is located in 098 Baker Hall, 113 W. 12th Ave, Colubmus, OH 43210; Phone: 614-292-3307, | Fax: 614-292-4190, | VRS: 614-429-1334.