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Proficiency Exam

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

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.

If you are eligible for a language proficiency assessment in Arabic, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), French, German, Italian, Japanese or SpanishCLICK HERE

If you are eligible for a language proficiency assessment in any language other than those listed above, CLICK HERE

 


Proficiency Assessments in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish

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  

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.

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. 

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 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 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 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.       

Testing Dates

The next proficiency assessments for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish will be:

WEDNESDAY SEPT 27th from 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

THURSDAY OCT 19th from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

ALL ASSESSMENTS WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE DIGITAL MEDIA LAB LC 331 (3RD FLOOR)

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

Important Information for Test Takers

Prior to taking the proficiency assessment, you will need to read the test-takers’ guide. CLICK HERE to view.

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

 


Proficiency Assessments in Other Languages

Students proficient in a language not taught by the department of Modern Language will need to: find a college professor (tester) who can test their language proficiency at the level that their major requires and report their findings on college/university letterhead that includes the official seal of the institution and the signature and contact information of the professor on the letter and across the seal of the envelope. Please click the links below to get complete information to provide your tester. Please have the professor send the results letter to: Maria Bauluz, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara CA 95053­0300. Please email questions to Prof. Maria Bauluz.

Information for Testers

Results Report