Language Placement Exam

Language Placement Exam

The online LMU Placement Exam measures student language skills in Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish so that (s)he may be placed in the appropriate level of coursework in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.  

Students who require a language placement exam for Japanese should contact the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures to schedule a placement exam.


When do I need to take a foreign language exam?
You need to take this exam ONLY…

  • If you have taken Chinese, French, German, Italian, or Spanish language courses in any educational setting (for example, at a high school or community school or at another university if you are a transfer student) AND you wish to continue taking classes in these languages during the first three semesters at LMU.
  • If you have taken AP language and/or literature courses in the above languages.
  • If you are interested in a minor or major in the above languages so that you can begin at the appropriate level of coursework immediately.
  • If you plan to take language or literature courses in a study abroad program in a country where Chinese, French, German, Italian, or Spanish are the language of instruction: Summer, semester, and year-long study abroad programs sometimes require previous foreign language study.
  • If you are a heritage speaker who has learned the language at home and wishes to take language or literature courses in Chinese, French, German, Italian, or Spanish.
  • If you have been admitted to the University Honors Program and hope to place out of some or all of your foreign language requirement.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have NEVER studied Chinese, French, German or Italian and wish to do so, you would sign up for the 2101 level course in that language, however all students interested in taking a Spanish course including 2101 must take the placement exam. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the summer before entering LMU, please wait until you return to take the language placement exam.

The test takes approximately 20 minutes.

Can I use books such as a dictionary? Should I guess at the answers?
It is TO YOUR BENEFIT that you answer the questions honestly and without the support of notes, textbooks, parents, or friends to avoid being placed at a level above the appropriate one based on your experiences and academic studies.

How do I get my score? Does my advisor get it?
Your score will be displayed at the end of the exam. Your score and placement will be provided to your advisor through PROWL. As a backup, you are strongly encouraged to save a copy, print or write it down, and email it to your advisor.

What if I have problems taking the exam?
Please contact the ITS helpdesk at 310.338.7777.

Where do I take the exam? (Log in instructions.)
Log into MYLMU, click System Logins > Brightspace. Open the "LMU New Student Placement Exams" course and on the left side, click the link “Placement Exams.” Then click the link for Language Placement and follow the instructions. If you cannot access the placement exam for any reason, please contact Debra Wong in the Modern Languages and Literatures department.


Contact information:
Dr. Rebeca Acevedo, Chair of Modern Languages and Literatures, University Hall 3957,

Ms. Debra Wong, Senior Administrative Coordinator,
Telephone: 310-338-3051
Office: University Hall 3910