Placement testing is NOT NECESSARY if you have never studied the language. The purpose of placement testing is to identify which Illinois course is most appropriate for you so that you can pick up your studies where you left off. If you are not familiar with a language, you don't need to take any placement test. You will simply enroll in the first elementary-level course.
Placement testing and proficiency testing in a less commonly studied language are carried out by the department that offers the language. The department decides the date and time of the test, the manner in which testing is conducted, and the score. The test administrator determines your level of proficiency as well as your course placement, based on your performance. The department also determines how much proficiency credit, if any, your performance earns. Credit hours are NOT automatically posted to your academic record simply because you took a language proficiency exam. Sometimes passing the proficiency exam fulfills your General Education language requirement but does not earn course credit. Consult with your academic advisor to find out how your academic record will be affected.
Please be aware that a less commonly studied language MIGHT NOT BE OFFERED every semester. Just as course availability depends on instructor availability, placement testing and proficiency testing also depend on the availability of an instructor who is qualified to assess your language skills. Thus, placement and proficiency testing in a particular less commonly studied language might not be offered every semester. If this is the case for you, please check with the department that is responsible for the language to see what your options are.
A fee may be charged to defray the cost of administering and grading a proficiency exam. The student is responsible for paying any fees that the department charges.
CHINESE PROFICIENCY TESTING: This exam serves to fulfill the General Education language requirement. It is now offered online at the Testing Center and consists of listening comprehension, reading comprehension, and writing an essay. Contact Melissa Minarik at the Testing Center at least 5 business days before your desired test date to schedule your appointment.
IF YOUR LANGUAGE IS NOT LISTED ABOVE:
You may make arrangements to take an external exam from one of the institutions whose test results we accept for LOTE purposes, if that institution offers your language. Please note that you are responsible for all proctoring and testing fees. You should plan on taking the exam during Fall or Spring semester, as faculty are not usually available during the summer to administer language tests.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign accepts test results from the following institutions:
- Brigham Young University - BYU's FLATS exams assess through the third level of a language. Before registering for a BYU exam, please check with your academic advisor to confirm the language requirement that you need to fulfill. All programs in the Gies College of Business, most programs in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and some programs in the College of Fine & Applied Arts require demonstration of fourth-level proficiency rather than third-level proficiency.
After verifying that the institution offers an exam in the language that you want to test in, your next step is to contact our Testing Center and make arrangements to test under proctored conditions.
For other questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 217-265-6248 during business hours.