Rules Governing Proficiency Requirements
The proficiency requirements ensure that each student has the ability to use the written word and mathematics as tools of thought and expression and to use a foreign language in a functional way.
Students who demonstrate proficiency in mathematics, writing, or foreign language will be exempted from the appropriate course or courses without credit.
Rules Governing All Proficiency Courses
Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in ENG 101, ENG 102, MTH 101, and the first semester (101) of a foreign language in order to satisfy proficiency requirements. Students with a grade of less than a “C” in these proficiency courses must repeat the courses. Students must earn a “C” in the second semester (102) of a foreign language in order to enroll in the first course (201) of the second year of a foreign language.
Once students have matriculated at Lyon, they are advised not to take and attempt to transfer back to Lyon proficiency courses at other institutions. For that transfer to occur, they must pass a Lyon proficiency exam at the level of the course they are attempting to transfer to Lyon.
Students’ writing proficiency will be determined by the english faculty on the basis of standardized test scores. Students who do not demonstrate writing proficiency will enroll immediately in the ENG 101-102 sequence and remain in the courses continuously until they have successfully completed them. Students who demonstrate proficiency in ENG 101 may delay taking ENG 102 until the spring of their first year.
First-time, full-time students’ mathematical proficiency will be determined by the mathematics faculty on the basis of standardized test scores. First-time, full-time students who do not demonstrate mathematics proficiency will enroll in MTH 101 during their first year and remain in the course until they have completed it. College-level mathematics courses completed by transfer students will be considered by the mathematics faculty when determining their mathematics proficiency.
Foreign Language Proficiency
Students who have studied languages taught at Lyon in high school or elsewhere may satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement by taking and passing a Lyon test online or at Lyon on a SOAR Day, or upon entrance.
Students who do not demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language or who have had no previous language study are strongly urged to begin a foreign language 101-102 sequence in the fall semester of their first year. Students who successfully complete the first course in a foreign language (101) in the fall must enroll for the second course in that language (102) in the spring. Students who place out of 101 and do not take 102 in the first year will be asked to retake the proficiency exam, demonstrating their 102 readiness. Thus, students who place out of 101 are encouraged to take 102 as soon as possible. International students whose formal primary and/or secondary school education in their home country was conducted in a language other than English may use their demonstrated proficiency in
English as a second language in order to satisfy Lyon’s foreign language requirement
English-speaking students who wish to fulfill Lyon’s foreign language requirement by demonstrating proficiency in a second language not taught at Lyon bear the burden of providing proof of their reading, writing, speaking and listening proficiencies in that language to the satisfaction of Lyon’s foreign language faculty. This may be done by means of a letter from a qualified post-secondary instructor certifying the student’s level of proficiency in that language.