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. For Spanish, French and German, a score of 346 or above will meet the Core 21 language requirement or allow you to be placed in a higher level language class. For Russian and Chinese, a score of 400 is needed. 
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Proctored Test Dates for Spring Semester 2024
Day Date Location Time


January 25, 2024

SWEN 110 4:30pm-6:00pm


March 14, 2024

SWEN 110 4:30pm-6:00pm


April 17, 2024

SWEN 110 5:30pm-7:00pm

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

About the Language Placement Exam
  • If you have signed up for an exam and have still not received the information the day before, please email Marisol Rodriguez at and you will receive the information as soon as possible. 
  • To ensure academic honesty, it is required that you attend in-person to take the exam. We are no longer offering the exam over Zoom. 
  • Please be on time so you can receive the information on how to access your exam. 
  • Please email Marisol Rodriguez at if you have already taken the exam once before. 
  • Your score will be available as soon as you complete the exam. Because the exams follow an adaptive test format, it may take some five minutes to complete the exam while others may take the full hour and a half.  
Frequently Asked Questions

When do graduating seniors have until to take the exam? : If you are planning to graduate or walk in May, you must take the exam before April 1.

Do I have to pay for the exam? : If you are taking an exam in Spanish, French, German, Russian or Chinese, you do not have to pay for the exam. If you have experience in another language, you may also test out of the language requirement although this option requires you to purchase the exam. Please email Marisol Rodriguez at for more information. 

How far in advance should I sign up? : Sign up for an exam date as soon as you are able to; however, you have until the day before the exam date to register. 

How can I study for the exam? : We don't offer any specific study materials for the exam but reviewing what you have learned in your previous language courses might be helpful.  



Other Languages

If you are proficient in a different language other than the five listed above, you may request testing in a different language. Keep in mind that:

  • These tests are also online but need to be ordered in advance. 
  • Not all languages are available (see available languages here).
  • There is a $50 registration fee.
  • These tests are only for proficiency and will not be able to be used for course credit. 
  • These tests are typically longer than the placement exams for the five languages listed above. You will have a maximum of 2.5 hours to complete the test.
  • If you receive a unsatisfactory score, you can retest; however, you will have to repurchase this exam again. 
Ordering a test

To order a test, please contact Marisol Rodriguez at for further instruction. We will then determine on which of the proctor dates you will take your test and your official scores will be sent to the Registrar.

*Please note that it typically takes longer for the Registrar to receive these scores. If you have not received your scores a month after you have taken your exam, please email the DA.  

Modern Hebrew and Hawaiian
    • California Lutheran University offers a Modern Hebrew and a Hawaiian proficiency test through a partner company and the cost is approximately $60.00. Please note that the Languages and Cultures Department must proctor the tests.
    • Students who wish to take any of these tests should contact Emilie O'Connell at and request the AVANT 4S STAMP for Modern Hebrew or the AVANT STAMP WS for Hawaiian. In both cases students must mention in the email that instructions to proctor the test must be sent to
    • Languages and Cultures will proctor these exams during the regular LPE dates established on our webpage
    • Here is an explanation of how the test is scored and please note that Languages and Cultures submit the Composite Score to the Registrar’s Office:  https:// test-taker-parent-guide
    • Students will receive the results in approximately two weeks directly from AVANT via their Cal Lu email. Students should then contact the Chair of the Languages and Cultures department ( with the official scores attached to their email.

International Students

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