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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 higher-level language proficiency.
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. Online placement testing is available to you only during your first year.
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).
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.
Did you study Chinese at your previous institution? Do you want to continue studying Chinese at Illinois? If so, read up on how to interpret your transcript and how to understand your course enrollment options.
Need more information on how the language requirement pertains to you? Learn more here.
The Chinese, French, German, Latin, and Spanish Placement Tests all have a time limit, which varies by test. Students who need extended time can request authorization for extended time from the Testing Center at Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) by calling 217-333-4604 (V/TTY) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need any other type of accommodation, please contact DRES to make arrangements.