Placement Test

The Department of English & Modern Languages offers opportunities to consider other perspectives, to explore the world, and may even lead you toward your dream job.  Also, numerous opportunities for travel, scholarships, and internships are available to students studying a foreign language.     

To begin your language study at Lipscomb (if you want to continue studying a language you have already taken in high school or at another University or college), you will need to take a placement test. This test allows us to enroll you in the course that best matches your language ability.  Our placement test is available to students wishing to take French, German, or Spanish as well as for those wishing to evaluate their English language skills.  The test is given on-line and can be found at:

The cost of the test is $10.00 and usually takes 15-20 minutes to complete. 

The following score ranges indicate the course you should plan to register for upon completion of the placement test.  IF your test score qualifies you for a course OTHER than a course at the Elementary level, you should contact the professor of that course to get an override to register for a course (you will need a prerequisite override).  If your test score qualfies you for an Elementary level language course, you should not require an override.  If you have problems registering for an Elementary language course, please contact the Registrar's office for assistance. 


Placement scores for Spanish

0-295 Elementary Spanish 1
296-353 Elementary Spanish 2
354-439 Intermediate Spanish I
440 or above Intermediate Spanish II


Placement Scores for French

0-234 Elementary French I
235-319 Elementary French II
320-394 Intermediate French I
395-or above Intermediate French II


Placement Scores for German

0-291 Elementary German I
292-383 Elementary German II
384-491 Intermediate German I
492- or above Intermediate German II

Your score on this test will be a good indicator as to whether you should take a CLEP test which will give you credit  for the language you have studied.  The placement test itself does NOT give college credit, but it will save you time and money ($65 dollars a test!) by indicating that you are likely (or not so likely) to pass a CLEP test.  Once you have completed the test, please notify Dr. Charles Mcvey or Dr. Kelly Kidder. Either of these professors can help you interpret your score and give you the information you need regarding which course you should plan to take.  

If you do well on the PLACEMENT TEST, you will want to take the CLEP test.  The CLEP test is given by the testing center which is also located in ELAM Hall.  You must take a CLEP test before you have completed the course for which you want to receive credit.  For example, if you want credit for French 1125, you should take the CLEP test before enrolling in that class. Otherwise, it is impossible to determine if you knew the material on the CLEP test prior to taking the class.