College Language Competency Assessment (CLCA)

Undergraduates at the University of Chicago are required to possess competence in a language and culture other than English by demonstrating reading, writing, listening, and, where appropriate, speaking skills equivalent to one year of college-level study. There are a number of ways to fulfill this requirement:

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Completing a first-year language sequence at the University of Chicago with a quality grade
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Placing into the third quarter of a first-year language sequence (usually but not always 10300), taking the course and completing it with a quality grade
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Placing into the second-year level or higher in a foreign language, taking the course and completing it with a quality grade
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Possessing a qualifying score on Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) language examinations (see link for more details)
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Achieving a high level of proficiency recognized by a national or other agency; use the Language Petition and provide a documentation
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Being a foreign national able to demonstrate previous formal schooling in a language and culture other than English; use the Language Petition and provide documentation
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Placing into 10300 or higher in a foreign language and taking a language course numbered 15003 or higher when participating in a Civilization Study Abroad program
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Being administered a placement exam with a speaking component in person and placing high enough to complete the College Language Competency Requirement (NB: this must be indicated in the Language Placement Report)
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Passing the College Language Competency Assessment (CLCA)
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Passing the Advanced Language Proficiency Assessment

The Office of Language Assessment at the University of Chicago Language Center administers the College Language Competency Assessment (CLCA). 

Taking the College Language Competency Assessment

Students who place into the second year or beyond and do not intend to take that course or any other first-year sequence and who do not fulfill the Language Competency Requirement by any of the means listed above may take the Competency Exam in order to satisfy the requirement. Students MUST have officially placed into the 2nd year or higher in order to be eligible to sit for the Competency Exam.

The written portion of the College Language Competency Assessment is administered on Tuesday & Wednesday of the 3rd week of Winter quarter. The location of the exam will be communicated to the examinees via email a week prior to the test. After passing the written portion, students will be contacted to schedule oral exams.

Winter 2018 College Language Competency Assessment- Written Component

Exam Date Time
Spanish Tuesday, January 16, 2018 6:00 PM
Other Languages Wednesday, January 17, 2018 6:00 PM

The registration for the Winter 2018 Comptency Assessment will open on Monday, November 27, 2017 and will close on Monday, January 8, 2018. 

Students can register for the College Language Competency Assessment here. Question about eligibility or appropriateness should be discussed with student advisers or with the Office of Language Assessment in the Chicago Language Center (languageassessment@uchicago.edu).