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 Abigail Espinoza Alfaro at

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Proctored Test Dates
Day Date Location Time


Sept. 10th, 2020

SWEN 110

5:00 p.m - 6:30 p.m. 


Sept. 14th, 2020

SWEN 110

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Oct. 8th, 2020

SWEN 110

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Nov. 2nd, 2020

SWEN 110

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Nov. 11th, 2020

SWEN 110

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Dec. 4th, 2020

SWEN 110

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.

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


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, Abigail Espinoza Alfaro 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.