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Proficiency Exam Information

The following Proficiency Exams are offered by the Dept. of Modern Languages & Literatures:

French Arabic German
Italian Spanish Chinese
Japanese Vietnamese Tagalog

NOTE:  The Proficiency exam is NOT used to determine placement in a given language.  The Proficiency Exam if for the purpose of satisfying the Second Language CORE requirement, in lieu of taking a class at SCU, by showing proficiency in the language.

Please contact a faculty advisor for Placement information: Placement Advising


Option1: Wednesday, October 7, 4:00pm - 6:00pm; Learning Commons 203

Option 2: Tuesday, November 3, 10:00am - 12:00pm; Learning Commons 203

If you have questions please contact the Language Proficiency Coordinator, Maria Bauluz


In the proficiency exam you will have to prove a Novice High (Arab and Asian language) or Low intermediate language (European languages) level according to the ACTFL Guidelines.

In a Novice High level a student is able to listen, read, write and understand short, learned utterances and some sentence-length utterances in a strong supported context which is clearly audible; the student is able to comprehend words, and phrases from simple questions, statements, commands and courtesy formulae; the student may repeat, rephrase and have slow comprehension and speech.

For more complete information click on ACTFL guidelines: Listening skillReading skill,Writing skill, and Oral skill.

In the Low Intermediate level a student is able to listen, read, write and understand sentence-length utterances, which consist of recombination or learned elements in a limited numbers of content areas; his/her understanding is often uneven and repetition or rewording may be necessary. However, a student is able to understand main ideas or facts from the simplest connected texts dealing with personal and social needs.

For more complete information click on ACTFL guidelines: Listening skillReading skillWriting skill, and Oral skill


Please, make sure you cannot fulfill the language requirement in any other way but taking the proficiency exam. Click on language requirement to get more information about ways to fulfill the requirement.

Information for those who want to take Proficiency Exams in a language that is NOT offered at Santa Clara:

The Proficiency Exam Program is under review. Please, contact Prof. Maria Bauluz to get more information about proficiency exam for languages not taught at SCU.

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