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LOTE ("Language Other Than English") Departmental Proficiency Exams (last updated September 17, 2018)

Effective Fall 2018, it is now possible to fulfill the General Education language requirement in one of several other ways. Here is a PDF that summarizes the new options: OPTIONS TO SATISFY THE GENERAL EDUCATION LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT_Summer2018

 

REGISTRATION FOR THE CHINESE PROFICIENCY TEST IS NOW OPEN. Choose one date only. The test will be given in Room G8-A Foreign Languages Building (in the basement). If none of these three dates is possible for you, there will be other opportunities to take the test. They will be announced on October 1st.

 

Placement testing for Chinese has now ended for Fall semester course enrollment. It will re-open in November for Spring 2019 course enrollment. If you are a native speaker of Chinese, DO NOT TAKE THIS TEST unless you want to enroll in a Chinese course. The Chinese Placement Test serves only to determine which of our Mandarin courses a learner of the language should enroll in. The test DOES NOT fulfill the Gen Ed language requirement.

 

Placement tests for Japanese and Korean are offered on campus (not online) at the beginning of each fall and spring semester and are open to both new students and continuing students. Strong performance does NOT earn course credit. It can, however, fulfill your General Education LOTE requirement.

Fall testing is finished. The next opportunity to take the Japanese or Korean placement test will be in January 2019, prior to the start of Spring semester.

 

Proficiency exams for French and Spanish are offered in a group setting at the beginning of each fall and spring semester and are open to both new students and continuing students. There is no fee to take the test in a group setting.

Fall testing is finished. The next opportunity will be in January 2019 at the start of Spring semester.

  • If you are a new freshman or new transfer student, you must earn a qualifying score on the placement test in order to sit for the proficiency test. There is no fee to take these tests.

  • If you are a continuing sophomore, junior, or senior who wishes to take the group-administered French or Spanish proficiency exam for either course placement or course proficiency credit, please register online. If the form tells you that you are not eligible, contact Debbie Kraybill for assistance. There is no fee to take the test.

  • If you are a continuing sophomore, junior, or senior who wishes to take the French or Spanish Proficiency Exam at any point other than the August or January group test administration, you may contact Debbie Kraybill and make arrangements to take the exam at the Testing Center. Please note that you are responsible for all costs, including the $25 proctoring fee and the Testing Center's fees for re-scheduling.

 

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Chinese

The placement and proficiency tests are designed to evaluate your reading, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking skills in Mandarin Chinese and to evaluate those skills independent of Chinese regional dialect, skill level, or character set (i.e., either simplified or traditional). The placement test serves ONLY to determine which Chinese class you should enroll in. The proficiency test serves to determine whether you have fulfilled the General Education "Language Other Than English" (LOTE) requirement, but it does not award academic credit. Students who place completely out of our Chinese language program automatically fulfill the LOTE requirement. Students who pass out of the Chinese language program but who want to continue their study of Chinese language may take CHIN 407 (Introduction to Classical Chinese) or CHIN 408 (Readings in Literary Chinese).

French

This test consists of 88 multiple-choice questions that primarily assess your vocabulary, grammar, writing knowledge, and reading comprehension abilities. It covers material through the fourth level. There is no listening comprehension section, no speaking, and no essay. If you do well (answering more than three-quarters of the questions correctly), you will earn either 4 hours for FR 103 or 8 hours for FR 103 and FR 104. If you don't do well, your academic record will remain unchanged.

Japanese

This 90-minute test consists of an oral interview (approximately 10-15 minutes), a short essay (15 minutes) and 107 multiple-choice questions that primarily assess your vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, and writing knowledge (60 minutes). The written test is a paper-and-pencil test. Please budget at least two hours for testing; due to the number of test-takers, it is not possible to guarantee how soon you will be finished. The Japanese Placement Test does NOT award academic credit, but the results can count toward fulfillment of the UIUC General Education LOTE (foreign language) requirement.

Korean

This 2-hour online test is administered in a computer lab in the FLB. It is semi-adaptive, which means that your score on one part determines which part you do next. There are 6 parts assessing vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, listening comprehension, and writing ability. There is also a speaking part that tests your oral ability from the elementary through the advanced level. Although the writing tasks are shown on screen, you will hand-write your responses. This test does NOT award course proficiency credit. Rather, if you do very well and demonstrate proficiency in the Korean language by successfully completing all parts of the test, you could fulfill your General Education LOTE requirement. If you do not pass out of all Korean language courses, an appropriate Korean course will be recommended for you.

Spanish

This 70-minute test consists of 57 multiple-choice questions that primarily assess your vocabulary, grammar, writing knowledge, and reading comprehension abilities. It covers material through the fourth level. There is no listening comprehension section, no speaking, and no essay. If you do well (answering more than two-thirds of the questions correctly), you will earn either 4 hours for SPAN 130 or 8 hours for SPAN 130 and SPAN 141. If you don't do well, your academic record will remain unchanged.

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Who should take a LOTE exam?

Even if you fulfilled your General Education language requirement, you may want to consider taking a LOTE proficiency exam because you might earn up to 8 hours of credit towards your graduation requirements.

You MAY NOT take a language proficiency exam if you:

  • are a graduate student.
  • are a new student who did not score high enough on the placement test to qualify for the proficiency exam (you would need special permission from the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics).
  • have already earned higher-level college credit in the language. This means, for example, that if you already have credit for a fourth-level course, you cannot take a proficiency exam to get credit for the third-level course. "Credit" includes AP credit, IB credit, community college credit, and Illinois course credit.
  • have taken the proficiency exam on a previous occasion.
  • are not actively enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the current semester.
  • are enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an exchange student or another type of non-degree student.