About the Placement Test
Students are typically placed into language courses depending upon their years of study in high school or prior level of completion in college. However, students who have extensive prior study in Spanish, French or German may apply for a waiver of the College language requirement with a minimum score of 500 on the Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT). The FLPT is also used in certain individual cases as an additional placement tool by the Language Coordinator.
Basically, if a student has less than two years of high school level of the language, that person would start in the first semester of the 5-hour course. If the student has had two or more years of the language in high school, that person would start in the second semester of the 5-hour. When a student wants to waive out of the language requirement, a student needs to take the test in the Language Resource Center by appointment, bringing a UC I.D. Then the student must present the results to a major advisor or A&S advisor. See the link below to the official A&S college document on the Language Requirement.
A&S Language Requirement.