Mandatory Placement Exams

Foreign Language Placement Exam(FLPE)

The Online Foreign Language Placement Exam (FLPE) tests a student’s current knowledge of particular foreign languages. It is required of all freshman and most transfer students at the undergraduate level regardless of Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) scores or their academic plans. A student is exempt from the FLPE only if the student has (1) IU Bloomington Foreign language credit for 4 or more semesters of the same foreign language, OR (2) if the student has never studied a foreign language. Transfer students may be exempt if certain conditions are met.

There is a non-refundable $53.00 IU Bloomington Online Placement Exam fee for the FLPE. The fee will appear on the student's bursar bill the first time the student takes an online placement exam (either FLPE or the Online Math Placement Exam) during a testing year (March 1 – last day of February), and it will cover any additional such exams taken during that particular testing year.

The FLPE is taken unproctored at http://foreignlanguageplacement.indiana.edu. Each language exam may only be taken once. A student may take more than one FLPE in a different language if the student has knowledge of that language. The exam should be completed in a single sitting without interruption. The student cannot pause the exam and return to it later. Time limits vary from 60 to 90 minutes, and some exams include a listening section.

The FLPE must be taken without assistance. Dictionaries, books, notes, the internet, websites, and other tools should not be used during the exam. Please do not ask others for assistance during the exam. Otherwise, the test scores may not accurately reflect the student’s knowledge and skill level, and the student may be placed into a foreign language course that exceeds the student’s capability.

The FLPE is currently available in the following languages

Available FLPE Languages
LanguageTime LimitTopics Covered
Chinese (Simplified)75 minutesGrammar, vocabulary, cultural awareness, reading comprehension, and listening comprehension
Chinese (Traditional)75 minutesGrammar, vocabulary, cultural awareness, reading comprehension, and listening comprehension
French60 minutesGrammar, reading comprehension, and listening comprehension
German60 minutesGrammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and listening comprehension
Hebrew (Biblical)60 minutesGrammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension; no listening
Hebrew (Modern)60 minutesGrammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension, no listening
Italian90 minutesGrammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and listening comprehension
Japanese90 minutesGrammar, reading comprehension, and listening comprehension
Latin60 minutesGrammar and reading comprehension; no listening
Russian60 minutesGrammar and vocabulary; no listening
Spanish60 minutesGrammar, listening comprehension, reading comprehension, and vocabulary

Students will receive their test scores from their academic advisor, who will work with the student to help the student identify and register for the most appropriate foreign language coursework. The student may not be required to take coursework in the language of the test they have taken. The student can opt to study a different language or meet the University’s general education requirements in a different way. Exam results are used for course placement only. No academic credit is awarded. If the student wishes to earn language credit through testing, he/she should contact the foreign language department of interest to inquire about proficiency testing opportunities.