Foreign Languages Placement Information

All credit exam requests will now be processed electronically via worldlang@lsu.edu. We strongly encourage you to speak to your academic advisor first to sign up for an exam.

Incoming first-year students will be able to take Spanish, German, and/or Latin credit exams free of charge during orientation. You may contact Testing & Evaluation Services directly to schedule for an exam. Please note a $15 ProctorU fee will apply. If you need assistance to determine whether a credit exam is necessary, the orientation team advisor will be able to assist.

The following is the course and credit exam eligibility requirements for the first and second year of the foreign language sequences we offer (e.g. SPAN 1101, 1102, 2101, and 2102), except for Latin, Hebrew, and Greek. Please note that the Department of French Studies is responsible for French and Cajun French:

Eligibility Requirements

  • Incoming freshmen can take Spanish, German, and Latin credit exams at no cost until their last day to add/drop classes. They will be invited to take the test(s) during orientation. 
    • If you need assistance to determine whether a credit exam is necessary, the orientation team will be able to assist. Please note our departmental staff do not provide academic advice.
    • Any students who wish to take Spanish, German, and/or Latin credit exams outside of Welcome Week (orientation) should contact Testing & Evaluation Services directly to schedule for an exam. Please note a $15 ProctorU fee will apply. 
    • For Arabic, Chinese, and Italian, students may reach out to us or Center for Freshmen Year to initiate the process. However, a $20 fee will apply and only available during fall and spring semesters.
  • Students may not take courses or credit exams for their native language.
    • Including international students and students who are originated from countries where their official languages are the same as the one they wish to take.
      • For instance, students with the PR (Puerto Rico) state code are considered as native speakers of Spanish, and international students from mainland China are considered as native speakers of Mandarin Chinese.
      • Students who are listed as United States citizens only are not considered as native speakers of any of our offered languages.
    • Exceptions may be given to the following students:
      • Students who are fluent or have a working knowledge of the language but not considered as official languages of their country of origin (e.g. students who took Spanish in Germany or raised in a household in the United States who speaks the same language they wish to be assessed)
      • Students who were primarily instructed in other dialects of the language they wish to be assessed before college (e.g. Cantonese, Swiss German, etc.)
      • Students who attended high school in the United States regardless of their country of origin
      • Exceptions may be subject to approval by the faculty advisor of the language (listed below). Additional documents may be requested by the department as proof of eligibility
  • Students may not take courses or placement tests that they previously received credits.
    • For instance, students may not take SPAN 1152 (equivalent to SPAN 1101+1102) if they have already received credits for SPAN 1101 and/or 1102.
  • Students may only take a specific credit exam once.
    • For instance, students who have previously taken a credit exam for SPAN 1101-2102 cannot retake the same exam.
  • If you decide to take any of our credit exams, you may receive course credits according to your score.
  • Credit exam registrations are only valid for the semester term it was registered.  
  • Please note if students do not receive any credit from the credit exam, they will receive an NC (no credit) grade of the lowest course they tested on their transcript.
    • For instance, if a student take the credit exam for SPAN 1101 and 1102 and do not receive any credit, they will receive a NC credit only for SPAN 1101 on their transcript. If the student receives some credit from the exam (i.e. received SPAN 1101 and placed into SPAN 1102), they will not receive any NC credit.
  • For more information about the Spanish placement only, please visit this page.

Credit Exam Procedures

  1. Obtain the credit exam form via worldlang@lsu.edu
  2. Obtain the approved signatures indicated in the credit exam form.
  3. After all signatures are collected, you will contact the Office of the University Registrar at regservices@lsu.edu to be assessed the appropriate fee.
  4. Pay your fee through your myLSU account or contact the Office of Bursar Operations at bursar@lsu.edu.
  5. For Spanish, German, and Latin, you will contact the Office of Testing and Evaluation at otes@lsu.edu to schedule for the exam.
    1. For Arabic, Chinese, and Italian, you will contact the department at worldlang@lsu.edu to schedule for the exam.

For Spanish, German, and Latin

Placement tests for entry-level Spanish, German, and Latin are conducted at Testing & Evaluation Services, 51 Himes Hall. The cost of the German and Latin placement tests is $20, while the Spanish exam is $40. For more information about the assessments, you may contact the faculty advisors:

For Arabic, Italian, and Mandarin Chinese

Placement tests for entry-level Arabic, Italian, and Mandarin Chinese are conducted at the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures. The cost of the placement tests is $20. Currently, if continuing and transfer students would like to take the exams, they may do so via remote proctoring through ProctorU by paying an additional $15.00. Please note they are held in fall and spring semesters only. For additional questions or to request to take a credit exam, please email us at worldlang@lsu.edu. For more information about the assessments, please contact

Available Credit Exams

  • SPAN 1101, 1102, 2101, and 2102
    • Please note we do not offer credit exams solely for SPAN 1152.
  • CHIN 1101, 1102, 2001, and 2002
  • GERM 1101, 1102, 2102, and 2102
  • ITAL 1001, 1002, 2101, and 2102
  • LATN 1001, 2051, and 2053
  • ARAB 1101, 1102, 2101, and 2102

Updated 7/6/2021