Students at Elon must meet a certain level of language proficiency in order to graduate. This is a General Studies requirement that is overseen by the Department of World Languages and Cultures.
In order to fulfill this requirement, students must meet one of the following:
complete a language course numbered 122 or higher at Elon, or receive transfer or study abroad credit for the same;
place into a language course numbered 200 or above upon arriving at Elon, using a Department of World Languages and Cultures approved placement instrument;
score 4 or 5 on an AP language exam or similar exam. In order to ensure consistent treatment of all students, each student must take the language placement test by October 1 of their first full year at Elon. Students are allowed two tries; the higher score is counted. That score stands and may not be replaced by later testing.