Foreign Language Placement Exams

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 Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish in the Lone Star College System. Students who have studied a language in high school OR have had exposure to a language at home should take the AVANT Language Placement Test before registering for a language class. 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. This is a placement exam only. It does not award credit toward language classes or requirements.

See the External Challenge Exams web page for details and applicable fees.

AVANT Placement Levels

AVANT score

Class Placement

0 - 2.1


2.2 - 3.5


3.6 - 5.1

2311 or 2313

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

5.2 - 6.0

2312 or 2315

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


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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