Exam Options

(Note: There are many Course Options as well.)

  1. CSUSM Proficiency Exam and Spanish Placement Exam
  2. Free Spanish 101 Review, if placed by your extra effort into 202.
  3. Advanced Placement (AP) Foreign Language Examination
  4. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Language Exam
  5. International Baccalaureate (IB) Exam
  6. TOEFL or Other CSUSM-Approved English Exam

How to Send Scores



Advanced Placement (AP) Foreign Language Examination

 A score of three (3) or higher will clear the LOTER, give you 6 units, clear your lower-division elective C3. If the score was part of your admissions packet to CSUSM (via an official score sent by ETS directly or a score showing on another CSU transcript), then Admissions noted in your student record that you fulfilled the requirement. If the score was not sent, see "How to Send Exams."

* Spanish Language & Culture (A score of 3 = CSUSM Spanish 201)
* Spanish Language & Culture (A score of 4 or 5 = CSUSM Spanish 202)
* Spanish Literature (= CSUSM Spanish 315)

* French Language & Culture (= CSUSM French 201)
* French Literature (= CSUSM French 202)

* German Language & Culture (A score of 3 = CSUSM German 201)
* German Language & Culture (A score of a 4 or 5 = CSUSM German 202)

* Chinese Language & Culture (= CSUSM Chinese 201)
* Japanese Language & Culture (= CSUSM Japanese 201)
* Italian Language & Culture
* Latin (Note: As of 5/13/15, Latin Vergil no longer applies.)

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College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Language Exam

The below scores will clear the LOTER and gives you units. If the score was part of your admissions packet to CSUSM, then Admissions noted in your student record that you fulfilled the requirement. If the score was not sent, see "How to send in Exam Scores."

* French: Score of 58+ meets the LOTER and gives 6 units. (Note: A score of 50-58 gives 6 units but does not meet the LOTER; a score of 59+ gives 12 units and meets the LOTER and your area C3.)

* German: Score of 59 meets the LOTER  and gives 6 units. (Note: A score of 50-58 gives 6 units but does not meet the LOTER; a score of 60+ gives 12 units and meets the LOTER and your area C3.)

* Spanish: Score of 62 meets the LOTER and gives 6 units. (Note: A score of 50-61 gives 6 units but does not meet the LOTER; a score of 63+ gives 12 units and meets the LOTER and your area C3.)

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International Baccalaureate (IB) Exam 

A score of Four (4) or higher on a Higher Level Exam meets the LOTER, gives 6 units, clears your lower-division C3. If the score was part of your admissions packet to CSUSM (via an official score sent by IB directly or a score showing on another CSU transcript), then Admissions noted in your student record that you fulfilled the requirement. If the score was not sent, see "How to send in Exam Scores."

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TOEFL or Other CSUSM-Approved English Exam

If you have been admitted to CSUSM and were required to fulfill the English Language Requirement as part of your acceptance, then you have cleared the LOTER requirement.

If you have not yet applied or been admitted, but think you might have met the English Language Requirement somewhere else, then contact INTAPPL@csusm.edu.

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How to Semd Scores

Advanced Placement: If CSUSM does not have your score, have ETS send an official copy to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment or hand-carry in a sealed, official copy.  To request a score, call (609) 771-7300 or (888) 225-5427, or go to the AP Score College Board website for more information. Scores cost $15. CSUSM’s institution code is 5677.

College Level Examination ProgramIf CSUSM does not have your transcript, have CLEP send an official copy to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. To request a score, call (800) 257-9558 if ordering with a credit card, or download a Transcript Request Form at the CLEP College Board website. Transcripts cost $20 and show all CLEPs taken over the last 20 years (unless you ask for some to be excluded). 

International Baccalaureate: If CSUSM does not have your score, have IB send an official copy to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment or hand-carry in a sealed, official copy. To request a score, go to the International Baccalaureate website. Scores cost $11 or are free if requested within the exam grace period. 

Address for Scores
Office of Admissions & Recruitment
California State University San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096
Phone: (760) 750-4848

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