Validation for Foreign Language

The majority of OSU students have a foreign language requirement of three semesters or 12 credit hours.  Native or near native speakers of languages other than English have two possible options for fulfilling the foreign language requirement.

  1. If you are a native speaker and were educated in your home country, contact your academic adviser who will validate your foreign language requirement based on your official records.  Your adviser will help you determine which courses to take in lieu of the foreign language requirement.
  2. If you are a native (or near native) speaker of a language other than English and were educated outside the U.S. where the main language of instruction was not English, you may request a foreign language validation test.  If you reach the appropriate level on this test, your foreign language requirement will be validated.  This means that you will be allowed to substitute 12 hours of approved courses to fulfill the foreign language requirement.  You should then meet with your academic adviser to find out which courses can be used in lieu of the foreign language requirement.
  3. For languages not offered at OSU, look at the list of languages that can be validated by going to, click on "Testing," and then "ACTFL – Validation."  Follow the directions to sign up for a test.  There is a fee involved for this option.  OSU credit is not available for these languages.

ACTFL Testing Validation
Language testing results are located in SIS under prior education and tests along with a degree audit.  Students receive both a test score and a letter score.  “LTI” is the oral exam, while “LTI WPT” is the written exam

See the rubric below for validation tests that require both a written and oral component. Testers must receive at least an intermediate mid (50)* for validation.  

For validation tests that require only an oral component, testers must score at least an advanced low (70)** for validation.

SIS Score

ACTFL result


S = Superior


AH = Advanced High


AM = Advanced Mid


AL = Advanced Low 


IH = Intermediate High


IM = Intermediate Mid


IL = Intermediate Low


NH = Novice High


NM = Novice Mid


NL = Novice Low