Language Testing Updates

Last updated:  September 1, 2020

The CLA Language Testing Program administers the Entrance Proficiency Test (EPT), the Language Proficiency Exam (LPE), and the LPE Screening Test to students at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and delivers and interprets scores for these tests.

We in the Testing Program are here to provide information and advice on your second language requirement.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Entrance Proficiency Test (EPT)

The EPT is entirely online.  Please continue to take the EPT as usual through ept.langtest.umn.edu/home.

 

LPE Screening Test

LPE Screening Test will be administered online with a remote proctor until testing resumes on campus.  The Screening Test is offered once per term. Test dates are posted at langtest.umn.edu as soon as they are determined. View LPE Screening Test dates here

 

Language Proficiency Exam (LPE)

The LPE will be administered online with a remote proctor until in-person testing resumes on campus.  Remote LPE test sessions are split between listening/reading and writing/speaking.  All four parts of the LPE are NOT available remotely in a single test session.

Test dates are posted at langtest.umn.edu as soon as they are determined. View LPE test dates here.  Note that you will need to register in at least two separate test sessions in order to take all four parts of the LPE.  The LPE is available only during scheduled test sessions.

Students graduating in fall 2020 are advised to consult their CLA adviser early in the term to verify their language requirement.  If you need complete LPE results by the end of fall semester, you need to register for the LPE in at least two separate test sessions starting in early October.

Past Remote Test Dates:

  • May 19-28:  Remote LPE listening/reading
  • June 15-26:  Remote LPE speaking/writing
  • June 30-July 8:  Remote LPE listening/reading
  • July 13-15:  Remote LPE listening/reading
  • July 15:  Remote LPE Screening Test
  • July 27-Aug 7:  Remote LPE speaking/writing
  • Aug 11-12:  Remote LPE listening/reading
  • Aug 17-28:  Remote LPE speaking/writing
  • Aug 27-Sept 3:  Remote LPE listening/reading

Language requirement:  To fulfill the CLA second language requirement you must either (1) earn a C- or better or S in a fourth-semester language course, or (2) pass the LPE.  The LPE has four parts:  listening, reading, speaking, and writing.  Please ask at langtest@umn.edu if you have questions about your language requirement.

 

Individual Language Assessment (ILA)

The ILA is an assessment for languages not taught on campus (e.g., Vietnamese, Oromo).  If you have a referral for the ILA from CLA Advising, please follow the instructions you received to contact the Testing Program.  If you need assessment in a language not taught on campus, please contact your CLA adviser to start the referral process.

The ILA will be administered online with a remote proctor until in-person testing resumes on campus. 

 

College in the Schools (CIS)

The LPE is a prerequisite for many upper-division language courses at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.  Check course prerequisites on the registration site or see your Adviser for details.  Students who earned credit for 1004 (fourth semester) through CIS and are enrolling at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities may take the LPE at a future test date.  
Test dates are posted at langtest.umn.edu as soon as they are determined.  View LPE test dates here.

 

ACTFL/Advanced Certificate

Advanced Certificate testing will be administered online with a remote proctor until in-person testing resumes on campus. Please visit this page for more information on the Advanced Certificate.