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FLPT Frequently Asked Questions

The College of Arts and Humanities Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT)

Frequently Asked Questions

All students planning to study a foreign language will be required to take a foreign language placement test. This test is used to determine the appropriate placement prior to course registration.

IMPORTANT NOTE: After September 14, 2011 high school language will no longer place students in foreign language classes nor exempt students from taking the FLPT.

Q: Why do I have to take the FLPT in order to register for a language that I have no experience in or never studied?

A: Two reasons: (1) We need to have evidence of your language status. Once you log in, you will have an opportunity to indicate in pre-test questions that you have no experience in the language for which you are testing and you will be placed into the beginning level course. (2) By taking the FLPT exam for placement you are acknowledging and accepting the UMD Honor Code. It is imperative that you answer all FLPT questions truthfully and according to your level of language ability. Answering the FLPT questions falsely will result in incorrect placement and is a violation of the UMD Honor Code.

Q: If I take the FLPT Online exam a second time, which score will determine my course placement?

A: The highest score will determine your placement.

Q: If I take the FLPT exam a second time and take the exam in a proctored setting (for exemption from the ARHU Global Engagement Requirement), which score will determine my course placement and/or exemption status?

A: The score you receive in the Proctored FLPT exam will determine your placement and/or exemption status.

Q: Is there a sample of the test questions that I can complete in preparation for my FLPT exam?

A: Yes, the FLPT sample questions can be found here

Q: WHO HAS TO TAKE THE FLPT?

A: All students WILL have to take the FLPT if they: 

  • Are planning on taking a foreign language (regardless of major) or or
  • Are declaring or adding a major in the College of Arts and Humanities

Q: WHO DOES NOT HAVE TO TAKE THE FLPT?

A: You will NOT have to take the FLPT If you have already: 

  • Completed the ARHU Global Engagement requirement or
  • Completed and/or registered for the pre-requisite for the next level of any language course

Q: WHAT IF I’M PLANNING TO DECLARE AN ARHU MAJOR?

A: All students planning to declare a major in the College of Arts and Humanities will be required to take a language placement test prior to declaring the major unless they have received the appropriate college level credit (i.e. AP/IB credit, transfer or UMD credit) for foreign language and have sent those scores to UMD.

Q: DO I HAVE TO TAKE THE FLPT IF I’M NOT PLANNING TO BE AN ARHU MAJOR AND WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A LANGUAGE COURSE?

A: YES, all students planning to take a language course must take the FLPT.  The only instance in which you would not need to take the FLPT is if you have AP/IB credit or previous college course credit that satisfies pre-requisite requirements.

Q: HOW AND WHEN DO I TAKE THE FLPT?

A: The FLPT can be taken in two different formats.  The On-Line FLPT can be taken at any time.  (Please note that the FLPT will be unavailable during the two weeks that follow schedule adjustment each spring and fall semester).  The On-Line Proctored FLPT can be taken by registering for and attending one of the scheduled exam times at the link below:

On-Line Proctored FLPT
 

Q: HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO THE NEW ARHU GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT REQUIREMENT?

A: The College of Arts and Humanities requires its majors to complete its new Global Engagement Requirement (formerly known as the ARHU Foreign Language Requirement), which includes taking a foreign language and/or demonstrating mastery of the required level of proficiency as determined by the college.

Important Note: Students who have already satisfied the existing foreign language requirement have in fact fulfilled the Global Engagement Requirement and are not affected by this policy change.

For more information, contact the ARHU Office of Student Affairs at arhuadvising@umd.edu or 301-405-2108.