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.