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Information about "Languages Other Than English" (LOTE)

Studying a language other than English (a "LOTE") is a General Education requirement at Illinois. You must successfully complete either the third or the fourth level of a LOTE in order to fulfill your language requirement. First and second levels refer to elementary language learning. Third and fourth levels refer to intermediate language learning. Some academic programs and majors require that you achieve higher-level language proficiency by completing advanced language learning.

It is strongly recommended that you take a LOTE placement exam even though you may think you have fulfilled your Gen Ed language requirement. A year-long AP or IB language course usually does not count for more than one year. Studying the language in middle school may not count at all.

You need to take a placement test in your preferred LOTE if you plan to continue studying the language at Illinois and you do not already have college-level credit for the language in your Illinois academic record.

Results from the language placement exams are valid for one year. This means, for example, that if you choose not to enroll in a LOTE course during your first or second semester, you may still follow the placement when you register to take the language course in your third semester. After that, you would need to test again in order to get an updated evaluation of your knowledge level. Please be aware that online placement testing is available to you only during your first year.


FRESHMEN

Please check to see what your academic program requires. For example, all programs in the Grainger College of Engineering require that their students complete the third level of a LOTE. In contrast, most (but not all) programs in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences require that their students complete the fourth level of a LOTE (or the third level of two LOTEs).

  • Online placement tests are offered in Chinese, French, German, Latin, and Spanish. You are allowed only one attempt, and you will see your course placement as soon as you finish. You should discuss your placement test result and your course enrollment options with your academic advisor and/or with the language department.
  • On-campus (not online) placement tests are offered in Japanese, Korean, and the Slavic languages at the beginning of each fall and spring semester and are open to both new students and continuing students. High scores on these exams can fulfill the Gen Ed language requirement; course credit is not awarded.
  • Do you want to study another LOTE? Placement testing is offered in nearly 40 other languages. Contact the professor to make arrangements.

TRANSFER STUDENTS

Please check to see what your academic program requires. If you studied a language other than English in high school but you have not earned college credit for it AND you plan to continue studying it, you need to take its placement test.

  • Online placement tests are offered in Chinese, French, German, Latin, and Spanish. You are allowed only one attempt, and you will see your course placement as soon as you finish. You should discuss your placement test result and your course enrollment options with your academic advisor and/or with the language department.
  • On-campus (not online) placement tests are offered in Japanese, Korean, and the Slavic languages at the beginning of each fall and spring semester and are open to both new students and continuing students. High scores on these exams can fulfill the Gen Ed language requirement; course credit is not awarded.
  • Do you want to study another LOTE? Placement testing is offered in nearly 40 other languages. Contact the professor to make arrangements.

Did you study Chinese at your previous institution? Do you want to continue studying Chinese at Illinois? If so, here's how to interpret your transcript and how to understand your course enrollment options.


NON-NATIVE ENGLISH-SPEAKING STUDENTS:

Need more information on how the language requirement pertains to you? Learn more here.


Online foreign language placement testing is underway. Options are Chinese, French, German, Latin, and Spanish.


Test Accommodations

The online Chinese, French, German, Latin, and Spanish Placement Tests all have a time limit, which varies by test. Students who need extra time can request authorization for extended time from the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES). You must have already been accepted to Illinois before you can apply for accommodations. For more information, please contact DRES.