Languages & Cultures

College of Arts & Sciences

Foreign Language Placement Exams

Chinese, French, German, Russian, or Spanish

You may take the exam a maximum of three times during your Cal Lutheran career.

If your proctored test results show you are proficient at the second semester level or higher, you will:

  • Complete the Core-21 Foreign Language requirement
  • Not receive course credit

For additional questions, contact Caroline Slate at 

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Proctored Test Dates
Day Date Location Time


Aug. 31, 2020


5:00 p.m - 6:30 p.m. 


Sept. 10th, 2020


5:00 p.m - 6:30 p.m. 


Oct. 8th, 2020


5:00 p.m - 6:30 p.m. 


Nov. 2nd, 2020


5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Nov. 16th, 2020


5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Your Cal Lutheran Student ID is required at the time of testing. Any form of academic dishonesty will be reported to Academic Affairs.

Things to Know about How the Test is being Administered
  • Fill out this form after signing up for LPE and prior to coming to the test:
  • The test will be held through Zoom. The zoom link will be sent to you on the morning of the exam
  • You will need to keep your camara on the whole time. The only people that are allowed there camara off are the DA'S and Dr. Fiore
  • Please be on time. Do not arrive early or late because you will miss announcements which are crucial for your sucess on the test. With that being said do not assume that because you registered the morning of the exam you will be admitted into the exam
  • No Cheating is tolerated! Try your best. You have 3 tries to pass and if not you will go into a class for the level you are at based on the test scores 
Frequently Asked Questions

Graduating Seniors: If you are planning to graduate or walk in May, you must take the exam before April 1.

Returning Students: If you have taken the test before please email me after signing up for the test telling me that you have previously taken it. 

Deadline: The Deadline for every test is at 11:59pm.  the night before. You may no longer resiter for an exam the day of. If you do, then you have to reschedule the date to a different Language Placment Exam Date. 

Preperation Materials: There only preperation materials we offer for the Chinese/French/German/Russian/ or Spanish is to look at the books for the begining classes. You can find this in required textbooks and then click on the Langauge you are itnerested in. If you have any other questions then use the email. You do have 3 tries, so I hope this easies your concerns. 


Things to Know for After Test
  • Once you are finished with the test you may leave the zoom room. You should know your test score. You can go back on this website and look at the scoring breakdown sheet to determine if you placed out of the language requirement or into a specific class. Your tests scores will be sent to the Registrar or SSS by the end of the week. You can reference your test score on Web Advisor under Academic Profile where it says Tests. If you have any other questions please let me know. Thanks! 


Other Languages

If you are proficient in ANOTHER language, you may request testing in that language. Keep in mind that:

  • Tests need to be ordered 
  • Not all languages are available (see available languages here)
  • There is a $50 registration fee
  • These tests are only for proficiency (you will receive no credit)
  • You will have a maximum of 2.5 hours to complete the test

Upon successfully passing the exam you will:

  • Complete the Core-21 Foreign Language requirement
  • Not receive course credit
Ordering a test

To order a test, you will need to contact the exam coordinator, Caroline Slate at 

The tests are offered by Brigham Young University (BYU). You will need to pay the registration fee to them.


After receiving the test, we will schedule you a testing time. This time is determined by room and proctor availability.

After receiving your results, the exam coordinator will send the official scores to the Registrar, who will then update your program evaluation.

Process Timetable
Receive test from BYU 3-4 weeks
Schedule a testing time Up to 3 weeks
Receive results after taking the test Up to 4 weeks
Registrar updates your program evaluation Up to 3 weeks

International Students

The foreign language requirement is waived for international students who verify academic study of their native language through the high school level.

  • The morning of the LPE please read this, so you know what to expect: Do not email Dr. Fiore unless it is a must!