Greenfield Community College

Greenfield Community College

Credit for prior experience

Students with previous language learning experience may be eligible to receive college credit through a challenge exam that we use to place students into the appropriate level.

  • For French or Spanish, a prospective student will take a challenge exam in two parts: an online assessment (reading comprehension and writing), followed by a brief oral interview (listening/speaking). For Latin, the exam is written only, with no oral component.
  • Students who pass will be placed into the language learning sequence here at GCC. Once a student successfully completes that semester (C or better), confirming their sustained performance as predicted by the challenge exam, s/he would receive credit for that class and the preceding semester(s).

A note on the financial incentives: If a student is granted 4 credits for the equivalent of 101, for example, s/he would save a total of $647, the cost of a 4-credit class minus the fees. (A $30 testing fee is added to the semester bill at the time of the test; a $40 per-credit fee applies when the credits are awarded.)

*** This program is optional: no exam is required for World Language classes ***

Go to: and click on “Practice test” to see samples. (Skip over the audio checks.) Contact our department to make an appointment for an exam!