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Language Proficiency Exams

Proficiency Exam Information

Students who wish to demonstrate proficiency through testing in French, Italian or Spanish are responsible for following departmental policies and applying for proficiency testing. Students may only request to be proficiency tested in languages they did not study in high school. A student whose native language is not English and who can demonstrate proficiency at the third level (first semester intermediate) or higher in a language other than English can also arrange for testing.

Testing is only offered once a semester. See below for proficiency exam instructions for each language.

  • Spanish Proficiency Instructions

    For All Students: Students may only request to be proficiency tested in languages they did not study in high school.

    *If you are a native speaker of the language that you took in high school, you ARE able to take the proficiency exam in your native language.

    • Proficiency exams given in Spanish consist of two parts.

    • The 1st part of the exam, the written portion, focusing on reading and writing skills is only given ONCE a semester.

    • Students must pass the 1st part of the exam in order to take the 2nd part of the exam, the oral portion, focusing on speaking and listening.

    • Students are able to apply for a proficiency exam in a language ONLY ONCE.

    • NO EXCEPTIONS! Students must plan accordingly for graduation purposes.

    The following procedure MUST be followed for proficiency testing:

    1. Complete the attached proficiency exam application no later than the Course Add/Drop/Delete Deadline and submit it to the department office, LN-2216.

    2. Once reviewed, an email of the scanned application will be sent to the applicant indicating approval or denial.

    3. If the application indicates approval, it is the applicant's responsibility to report to the department office, LN-2216, between 10 a.m.-2 p.m., on the date of Course Withdraw Deadline to take the first half of the proficiency exam, the written portion, at an INTERMEDIATE level. This is the ONLY day that the first half of the exam will be given. The written portion should take approximately one hour.

    4. Once the exam is graded, an email of the scanned application with the results will be sent to the applicant.

      • If the application indicates pass on the first half of the exam, it is the applicant's responsibility to schedule an appointment for the second half of the exam, the oral portion, with Professor Antonio Sobejano-Moran.

      • If the application indicates fail on the first half of the exam, the applicant CANNOT take the second half of the exam and CANNOT reapply to take the proficiency exam in the same language.

  • Italian Proficiency Instructions

    For All Students: Students may only request to be proficiency tested in languages they did not study in high school.

    *If you are a native speaker of the language that you took in high school, you ARE able to take the proficiency exam in your native language.

    • Proficiency exams given in Italian consist of two parts.

    • The first part of the exam, the written portion, focuses on reading and writing skills and is only given ONCE a semester.

    • Students must pass the first part of the exam in order to take the second part of the exam, the oral portion, focusing on speaking and listening.

    • Students are able to apply for a proficiency exam in a language ONLY ONCE.

    • NO EXCEPTIONS! Students must plan accordingly for graduation purposes.

    The following procedure MUST be followed for proficiency testing:

    1. Complete the attached proficiency exam application no later than the Course Add/Drop/Delete Deadline and submit it to the department office, LN-2216.

    2. Once reviewed, an email of the scanned application will be sent to the applicant indicating approval or denial.

    3. If the application indicates approval, it is the applicant's responsibility to report to the department office, LN-2216, between 10 a.m.-2 p.m., on the date of Course Withdraw Deadline to take the first half of the proficiency exam, the written portion, at an INTERMEDIATE level. This is the ONLY day that the first half of the exam will be given. The written portion should take approximately one hour.

    4. Once the exam is graded, an email of the scanned application with the results will be sent to the applicant.

    If the application indicates pass on the first half of the exam, it is the applicant's responsibility to schedule an appointment for the second half of the exam, the oral portion, with Professor Brendan Hennessey.

    If the application indicates fail on the first half of the exam, the applicant CANNOT take the second half of the exam and CANNOT reapply to take the proficiency exam in the same language.

  • French Proficiency Instructions

    For All Students: Students may only request to be proficiency tested in languages they did not study in high school.

    *If you are a native speaker of the language that you took in high school, you ARE able to take the proficiency exam in your native language.

    • Proficiency exams given in French consist of two parts.

    • The 1st part of the exam, the written portion, focusing on reading and writing skills is only given ONCE a semester.

    • Students must pass the 1st part of the exam in order to take the 2nd part of the exam, the oral portion, focusing on speaking and listening.

    • Students are able to apply for a proficiency exam in a language ONLY ONCE.

    • NO EXCEPTIONS! Students must plan accordingly for graduation purposes.

    The following procedure MUST be followed for proficiency testing:

    1. Complete the attached proficiency exam application no later than the Course Add/Drop/Delete Deadline and submit it to the department office, LN-2216.

    2. Once reviewed, an email of the scanned application will be sent to the applicant indicating approval or denial.

    3. If the application indicates approval, it is the applicant's responsibility to report to the department office, LN-2216, between 10 a.m.-2 p.m., on the date of Course Withdraw Deadline to take the first half of the proficiency exam, the written portion, at an INTERMEDIATE level. This is the ONLY day that the first half of the exam will be given. The written portion should take approximately one hour.

    4. Once the exam is graded, an email of the scanned application with the results will be sent to the applicant.

    If the application indicates pass on the first half of the exam, it is the applicant's responsibility to schedule an appointment for the second half of the exam, the oral portion, with Professor Dora Polachek.

    If the application indicates fail on the first half of the exam, the applicant CANNOT take the second half of the exam and CANNOT reapply to take the proficiency exam in the same language.

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For more information

Please visit the Foreign Language Requirements page for more information. 

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Please see our Policies on Proficiency Testing.

Last Updated: 9/13/17