During the registration process for the LPE, all students acknowledge that they understand the following LPE retake policy:
Students who do not pass the LPE must provide one of the following kinds of documentation before retaking any portion of the LPE:
- transcript record of a C- or better in the fourth-semester language course at the University of Minnesota;
- Note: students who drop their registration in the fourth-semester course after registering for the LPE will be automatically removed from LPE registration and excluded from the test
- transcript record of a C- or better in an equivalent fourth-semester course at another accredited college or university;
- foreign study that requires or provides language study equivalent to a C- or better at the fourth-semester level at the University of Minnesota;
- official record of instruction equivalent to a C- or better in the fourth semester from a language institute sponsored by a national government. This official record consists of either results of an examination recognized by the sponsoring government or a certificate of completion.
Students enrolled in 1004
You will have the opportunity to take the LPE at the end of 1004.
If you do not pass the LPE during 1004, you can still fulfill your CLA Second Language Requirement by earning a C- or better in the course. If you earn a C- or better in the course, you may take the LPE at a later date or retake any portions of the LPE you failed.
Students who drop the course, stop attending, or do not pay for the course will be disqualified from the LPE.
Incoming freshman or transfer students
If you have language skills equivalent to two years of college-level instruction, you may try to test out of your CLA Second Language Requirement by attempting the LPE prior to taking your first language course at U of M.
If you pass the LPE, you fulfill your CLA Second Language Requirement and may register for third-year language courses.
If you do not pass the LPE, your language requirement is to earn a C- or better in a fourth semester course.
For course placement into French, German, and Spanish, you need to take the Entrance Proficiency Test (EPT) in order to place into the correct language course. The EPT is the prerequisite for taking second-year language courses in French, German, and Spanish and will place you into the correct course.
For course placement into other languages, you need to contact the appropriate language department and follow their course placement procedures. Visit Languages at the UMN for a list of languages offered at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, including American Sign Language.