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Department ofModern Languages and Literatures

Proficiency Exam for Continuing Students

Attention: Proficiency Exams will RESUME in FALL 2021!

Should you take the language proficiency assessment?

A language proficiency assessment offers students who have considerable experience with a language other than English a means to satisfy the University Core Second Language Requirement.

  • If you have taken 3 or more years of language in high school or are a native speaker of a language other than English, you are eligible to take a proficiency assessment.

Attention: Registration for upcoming proficiency tests begin on the first day of instruction for the fall, winter and spring quarter. You won’t be able to register until then.  

Opportunities to take this test are offered on a space-available basis several times per year.  Please see the dates below and sign up promptly to secure a spot.

The next proficiency assessments for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Hindi, Hebrew, Korean, Polish, Russian, or Spanish:

FALL 2021 Proficiency Exam:
REGISTRATION BEGINS: Monday, September 20, 2021 [10:00AM] (Register for ONLY ONE testing date)

LOCATION: DIGITAL MEDIA LAB LC 331- for ALL PROFICIENCY EXAMS
(3RD FLOOR OF LEARNING COMMONS)

1)  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 from 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

2)  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM   CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Please, email Professor Bauluz if you have any issues or questions.

FUTURE EXAM DATES (tentative):

Winter 2022 - Registration begins: Monday, January 3, 2022
Tuesday, January 11th  from 12:30-2:30
Thursday, February 3rd  from 10:30-12:30

Spring 2022 - Registration begins: Monday, March 28, 2022
Wednesday, April 6th from 4:00-6:00
Thursday, April 28th from 11:00-1:00

Important Information for Test Takers

Limitations on Testing
The proficiency assessment cannot be taken more than once in two consecutive quarters, e.g. if you take it in fall and don’t score to the required proficiency level, you cannot take it again until at least spring quarter; if you take it in spring, you cannot take it again until winter.

Prior to taking the proficiency assessment, you will need to read the test-takers' guide

About the Assessment

The Department of Modern Languages currently offers a comprehensive, adaptive assessment several times a year. Dates for upcoming proficiency tests are announced HERE on the first day of instruction for the fall, winter, and spring quarter.

The proficiency exam has 4 parts (reading, listening, writing, and speaking) and will take approximately 2 hours to complete. It is an assessment of your general proficiency level (what you know and are able to do in the language), and it is not connected to any specific textbook or curriculum. This is not the type of test that you can study for. However, you may view a sample of what the test is like by clicking on the link below. Please note that this assessment is adaptive, which means that it is designed to adjust the level of challenge according to the abilities you demonstrate while taking the test. The SAMPLES linked below may be aimed at a level higher or lower than the test you will actually take. CLICK HERE TO VIEW A SAMPLE OF THE PROFICIENCY ASSESSMENT

Level Expectations 

The score needed to satisfy the SCU Core Second Language Requirement depends on the language and your major.

  • For French, German, Italian, and Spanish
    • Business, Math & Natural Science majors must achieve an average score (across the 4 skill sections) of at least “Novice High” level on the ACTFL scale, with a specific score of at least “Novice High” on the speaking section in order to satisfy the Core Second Language Requirement.
    • Students of all other majors and undeclared students testing in these languages must achieve an average score (across the 4 skill sections) of at least “Intermediate Low” level on the ACTFL scale, with a specific score of at least “Intermediate Low” on the speaking section in order to satisfy the Core Second Language Requirement.
  • For Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Hebrew, Korean, Polish, Russian, and Japanese
    • Business, Math & Natural Science majors must achieve an average score (across the 4 skill sections) of at least “Novice Mid” level on the ACTFL scale, with a specific score of at least “Novice Mid” on the speaking section in order to satisfy the Core Second Language Requirement.
    • All other majors and undeclared students testing in these languages must achieve an average score (across the 4 skill sections) of at least “Novice High” level on the ACTFL scale, with a specific score of at least “Novice High” on the speaking section in order to satisfy the Core Second Language Requirement.

Results

The Coordinator of the Proficiency Test Program in the Modern Language Department, Maria Bauluz, will submit the results to you two weeks after the test. If you don’t receive the results by then, please email her.

Please, check your audit transcript two weeks after you get the results to verify that your language requirement is fulfilled 

Students wishing to demonstrate proficiency in a language not taught at SCU or covered by our SCU proficiency testing program will need to present official documentation of the required proficiency level to the Dept. of Modern Languages & Literatures for review. Please, contact Prof. Maria Bauluz to present the documentation after September 1, 2021.