1. Who should take the Language Placement Test?
Students who want to take a course with CLIC in one of the 11 languages we offer must take the LPT. Students with prior knowledge of French or German may take courses at the 300 level or above without taking a placement test. Visit ces.rice.edu for more information about upper level French and German courses. Students who want to take Spanish courses with the SPPO course code should visit splas.rice.edu to learn more about those courses.
2. Who should not take the LPT?
Students who do not anticipate studying a language should not take the test for that language. Students with native fluency in a language should not take the placement test for that language. Students who will take 300 level or above courses in French or German and students who will take Spanish courses with the SPPO course code do not need to take the placement test. Students who are continuing to study the same language may register for the next course in the sequence without re-taking the placement test.
3. What is the format of LPT (Language Placement Test)?
The LPTs consist of five sections. The first section is a brief survey about your experience with that language. Depending on your responses to the survey, you may be directed to take the other four sections in Canvas, covering listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It takes about 30-45 minutes to complete the entire test.
4. What is the timeline and procedure to take the LPT?
The LPTs are open before spring and fall registration and end before the last day of registration. The exact dates before each semester will be posted online on this page.
5. For how long are the results of the LPT valid?
The results of the LPT are valid for 4 years.
6. Can I take the placement test again if I fail it?
You cannot fail the placement test since the score you get is used for placement purposes only. The test allows us to determine the most suitable language course for you.
7. Can I take more than one placement test?
If you intend to study more than one language at Rice, you may take the LPTs in all the languages you plan to study.
9. Can I receive credit for language courses I have taken before coming to Rice?
“Rice University awards transfer credit for certain college preparatory exams. Students are required to submit official score reports for any exams for which they wish to receive credit. The score reports will remain with the Office of the Registrar and become a part of the student's file at Rice University.” (Registrar’s website). The exams most likely to be used for language credit, and officially recognized by Rice, are the AP and the IB exams. Please visit the Registrar’s website for more information.
10. I received Rice Equivalency Credit for Spanish 142 based on coursework taken at another university. Do I still need to take the Language Placement Test?
No, you have satisfied the prerequisite and can enroll in the next course in the sequence, which in this case would be Spanish 263. As it may take some time for the Registrar’s Office to process the transfer credit information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
if you are having trouble enrolling.
11. How many credit hours can I receive for my AP/IB exam?
You can receive up to three course credit hours (but not distribution credit) if you obtained a score of 4 or 5 on the AP exam or 5-7 in the IB exam. The credit is given through course number 222 in the following languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. Please go to the Registrar’s website for more information.
12. Do I need to take the Rice Placement Test if I already have AP/IB credit?
If you are interested in studying any language at Rice CLIC, you must take the placement test to determine the most appropriate course for you.
13. I took SPAN 263 in the Spring and then participated in the Loewenstern Fellowship this summer, spending 9 weeks in Salta, Argentina working. Although I did not earn academic credit for this experience, my knowledge of Spanish improved considerably. Can I take the Language Placement Test to see where I should be placed for this fall?
Yes. The Language Placement Test will be the most efficient way to determine the most suitable language course for you.