AVANT foreign language placement exam

Avant Placement™ is an initial measurement of real-world language ability in Reading, Writing and Speaking as it pertains to credit (university-transferable) courses in Spanish and French at LSC-UP.   Students will be placed into the appropriate course as indicated below.  Upon completion of the course with a grade of C or better, the student receives credit for the course and may request PLA credit for certain lower level courses. 

To take the Avant Placement test, students must pay a $25 fee to the business office.  Then report to the testing center to take the test.

Since the test is graded off-site, students are advised to take the exam at least one week before classes start.

AVANT Placement Levels

AVANT score

Class Placement

0 - 2


2* - 3*


4 - 5

2311 or 2313

(Students who are heritage or native speakers of Spanish should take 2313.)

5* - 6

2312 or 2315

(Students who are heritage or native speakers of Spanish should take 2315.)

* Review of writing and speaking responses by the instructor may be recommended to make accurate placement decisions.


Challenge Exams

University Park administers the ITSC 1401 - Introduction to Computers Challenge Exam. Students who seek credit by examination for Basic Computer Skills and Competencies may pick up a PLA (Prior Learning Assessment) form from the Student Services office. Once approved, please proceed to the Business Office and pay a $25 fee. A photo I.D. is needed and you will need at least 4 hours prior to closing.  The test must be completed in one sitting and cannot be retaken. This exam has two parts: multiple-choice questions on computer literacy and hands-on computer skills section on Microsoft office 2000 (Word, Excel, and Access).  A minimum score of 80% is required on EACH SECTION to be considered passing.  The computer department will provide test results.
Requirements for Testing

Students must be enrolled in the Lone Star College System at the time exam is administered. The Challenge Exam is given by appointment only and there is a $25 charge for the exam.  Please contact the UP Assessment Center for more information at 281-401-5314.

Additional information about Challenge Exams can be found at


The College-Level Examination Program® or CLEP provides students of any age with the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement through a program of exams in undergraduate college courses. There are 2,900 colleges that grant credit and/or advanced standing for CLEP exams. Visit the College Board Web site to find exam descriptions and other information. Please check with your college or university to ensure that CLEP is accepted.  The registration process and exam can take up to 3 hours so make sure that you arrive before 5pm Monday-Thursday and 1pm on Friday. CLEP is not available on Saturday and Sunday.

Please bring two forms of identification to the test center. Your primary ID must include your photo and signature; e.g. a driver’s license or passport. Your secondary ID must have a signature and/or photo; e.g. a social security card or student ID card. Note: Student/college ID cards are acceptable only as a secondary form of ID.  Please follow this link to the CLEP site if you need additional choices for acceptable forms of ID.  Cell phones, calculators, PDAs of any kind, beepers, alarm watches, books, papers, and food are not allowed in the testing room.  Please print out and bring your completed CLEP registration form.  A calculator is provided if your exam requires you to use one. Each exam lasts approximately two hours. Please plan accordingly. Candidates with disabilities who require accommodations must make arrangements well in advance of the test date.

To take a CLEP exam, there is an administration fee of $15.00 and a CLEP fee of $80.00.
Military Service Members: Active Duty/Reserves/National Guard—There is no examination fee, but you will have to pay the college’s administration fee. Military personnel must present military ID and a second form of government-issued, photo ID (such as a driver’s license or a passport).

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