Testing & Evaluation Services administers placement/credit by examination on a regular basis. Students who take placement exams/credit by examination have the ability to earn course credit, the score on each exam effects the course enrollment level.

  • Students may only take a specific placement/credit by examination one time.
  • Students should consult with an Academic Advisor to determine the need to take a placement/credit by examination.
  • For more information about other foreign languages exams not listed below, please visit the LSU Foreign Languages page.
Exam Test Length
Algebra 30 minutes - standard scientific calculator allowed
Calculus 90 minutes - no calculator allowed
Chemistry 60 minutes - standard scientific calculator allowed
French 60 minutes
German 60 minutes
Latin 60 minutes
Spanish Not timed
Trigonometry 35 minutes - standard scientific calculator allowed

 

Incoming Freshmen Students (Placement Exams)

All incoming freshmen have the ability to take these placement exams until the last day to add classes of their first semester. After the last day to add classes, students are no longer considered "incoming freshmen" and must follow the procedure described below for continuing students. More information about placement exams will be communicated as part of the orientation process.

Continuing and Incoming Transfer Students (Credit by Examination)

LSU Testing Center is currently not open for testing. Students may elect to take exams via remote proctoring with ProctorU.

Continuing and incoming Transfer students must complete the below steps established by the Office of the University Registrar in sequence to take a credit by examination:

  1. Student contacts their Academic Advisor for a "Request to Take Advanced Standing/Proficiency/Credit Exam" form. Approval from both the college and the department offering the course is required.

  2. Student emails approved form to the Office of the University Registrar, regservices@lsu.edu, to be assessed the $20.00 registration fee.

  3. Student pays $20.00 registration fee through myLSU account or contacts the Office of Bursar Operations to make payment, bursar@lsu.edu.

  4. Student emails the Office of the University Registrar, regservices@lsu.edu, with payment receipt.

  5. The Office of the University Registrar provides the student with the electronic copy of the “Authorization to Take Exam” (ticket).

    • For exams administered by the LSU Testing Center, student must complete the following additional steps:
      • Student emails the signed “Authorization to Take Exam” (ticket) to the Office of Testing and Evaluation Services, otes@lsu.edu.
      • Office of Testing and Evaluation Services will charge the $20.00 testing fee to the student’s fee bill.

      • Once the signed “Authorization to Take Exam” is received by Office of Testing and Evaluation Services, the student will receive directions for taking the Credit by Examination online or in the LSU Testing Center. If student is taking the exam online via ProctorU they will pay a $15.00 fee to ProctorU per exam.

    • For exams administered by the department, student follows instructions from the department.