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What is the Language Placement Test (LPT)

The LANGUAGE PLACEMENT TEST (LPT) is a test used to verify language skills in relation to study abroad, introduced by the University to enable its students interested in participating in European and international mobility calls, both in the European Program ERASMUS+ (KA131 SMS, KA131 SMP, KA171, etc.) and within the University opportunities (OVERWORLD Program, Double Degree Programs, etc.).

Taking the LPT, with the exception of the exemption categories for the required foreign language(s), is mandatory in order to participate in the selection procedures of international mobility calls.

Verification of proficiency is expected for the following languages: ENGLISH, FRENCH, PORTUGUESE, SPANISH, GERMAN.

The expected levels are as follows:

  • ENGLISH B1, B2, C1 
  • FRENCH A2, B1, B2
  • SPANISH A2, B1, B2
  • GERMAN A2, B1, B2

LPT sessions

The LPT is organized by the University Language Centre, which takes care of administering the tests. For any further information related to the mobility and exchange Calls for Applicants please address your request to the University International Relations Division (U.O. Internazionalizzazione).

For the 2024/2025 mobility and exchange calls, the scheduled dates of the Language Placement Test are as follows:

  • Call for European and International Mobility for Study purposes:  28 - 29 - 30 November 2023

Any LPT tests taken previously are NOT valid for participation in the 2024-2025 Call.

Registration is required to participate in the LPT and is open from October 20 to November 20, 2023.

Registration and instructions for taking the test can be found on CLA's Elly portal at: LANGUAGE PLACEMENT TEST NOVEMBER 2023.

The LPT of the November 2023 session is valid for:

  • Call for European and International Mobility for Study Purposes 2024-2025
  • Call for European and International Mobility for Internship Purposes 2023-2024 (third deadline ONLY).

Conditions of exemption from taking the LPT


Taking the Language Placement Test is strongly recommended to all those who intend to apply for participation in the University Calls for applications for mobility and exchange.

If you intend to take advantage of the exemption from taking the test, depending on the qualification or certification held, it is recommended that you carefully evaluate the language requirements of the destination universities for which you intend to express preference, in order to make sure you have the necessary documentation subsequently, during the application phase, at the assigned foreign University. For these purposes and upon request, the International Relations Division (U.O. Internazionalizzazione) will provide all grantholders with an official declaration of the level achieved in the LPT.

Students meeting one or more of the conditions below are exempted from taking the test. Please note that you must attach documentation proving that you're in the category of exemption.

  1. students in possession of the curricular language proficiency for their degree course, certified by the Self-Certification of enrollment with exams taken. If the Self-Certification does not clearly state the CEFR level of the language competency, the certification must be requested from the relevant Segreteria Studenti. Please note that language proficiencies awarded at the Bachelor's degree level are equal to B1 CEFR level, while language proficiencies awarded at the LM level are equal to B2 CEFR level.
  2. students having obtained a language level certificate from one of the extracurricular language courses (not aimed at eligibility) provided by the University of Parma Language Center, if the possibility of using it for exemption from the LPT is provided for and indicated in the information of the course itself on the Elly CLA portal. The certificate is independently downloadable from the Elly page of the course attended and is valid for these purposes within two years from the date of passing the final test, limited to the language and level of the course;
  3. students having taken the "BUSINESS ENGLISH B1" exam. The teaching "BUSINESS ENGLISH B1" is recognized as equivalent to "English language B1";
  4. students having taken the "BUSINESS ENGLISH B2" exam. The teaching "BUSINESS ENGLISH B2" is recognized as equivalent to "English language B2";
  5. students having taken the "ENGLISH FOR ENGINEERING" exam. The "ENGLISH FOR ENGINEERING" is recognized as equivalent to "English language level B1". The teaching "ENGLISH FOR ENGINEERING" at LM level is recognized as "English language level B2";
  6. students enrolled in one of the University of Parma's study courses taught entirely in English, provided that apply for locations where English language use (either as a native or vehicular language) is expected and the required level is at or below the level actually achieved. In this case, the student does not have to show any certification, since competence has already been verified by the Course of Study
  7. students enrolled in the degree program in Modern Foreign Languages and Civilization, according to the table provided by the DUSIC Department available
  8. students who have earned an official language certification meeting the requirements indicated HERE. Certificates are considered valid if acquired within a period of 5 years from the date of release.
  9. students having as their mother tongue the same language used in the chosen destination location (in this case, the student must attach a copy of the passport to the application for the mobility call in which he/she is participating);
  10. students enrolled in the degree course in "CONTEMPORARY COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA FOR CREATIVE INDUSTRIES" and having taken the "English Language and Translation (1005558)" exam. Teaching is recognized as competence "English Language B1".

The certification proving the exemption from the LPT must be attached to the mobility application in esse3 in PDF format (readable copies, screenshots and scans are accepted) and it may be required to show the original document at a later time.

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