Who should take the World Language Placement Test (WLPT)

  • If you completed four years of the same world language in high school, you do not need to take the WLPT unless you plan to continue studying the same language at The University of Iowa.
  • If you completed fewer than four years of the same world language in high school, discuss what you need to take with your advisor. If your major is in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, you can refer to the General Education Program requirements for your major. You will need to take the WLPT if your high school course work does not satisfy the General Education Program World Language requirement for your major.
  • If you are an open major and completed fewer than four years of the same world language in high school, you should take the WLPT.

For those students who have completed four or more years of Latin language in high school, the UI offers the opportunity to earn incentive credit toward graduation through the Furthering Language Incentive Program (FLIP credit). Learn more about FLIP. If you are interested in earning FLIP credit, you should meet with your academic adviser to discuss eligibility.

Test Description and Guidelines

  • The University of Iowa Latin placement test is a multiple choice test of your knowledge of Latin grammar, syntax, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. 
  • Complete the test in one sitting. 
  • There is no time limit, but you should set aside about one hour to take the test. 
  • You may not use books, notes, or any other printed or online resources.

Latin Test

If you have technical difficulties, contact the ITS Help Desk at 319-384-4357 or Help Desk Online Chat

Latin Placement Scores and Placement

Score Placement Recommendation
< = 15 20L:001 / CLSL 1001     Elementary Latin I
16 - 18 20L:002 / CLSL 1002     Elementary Latin II
19 - 28 20L:011 / CLSL 2001     World of Cicero
29 - 33 20L:012 / CLSL 2002     Golden Age of Roman Poetry
> = 34 Consult department

The courses listed for each score range are recommended. The best placement for you depends on the
strength of your previous coursework, your enjoyment of Latin, and whether you have been exposed to the
language in other ways, such as private study. If you are unsure about your placement, contact the Classics
Department at (319) 335‐2323.