Online Language Proficiency Testing

Language is the foundation of communication across all industries, professions, educational institutions, and social organizations around the globe. The language proficiency testing service at NYU's School of Professional Studies provides accessible and affordable language competency assessment that can help you advance in both academic and workplace settings.

Grounded in the guidelines established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), we offer proficiency exams for more than 30 languages. Point scoring is equivalent to undergraduate-level language study at US colleges, and is used by many universities to grant academic credit or advanced placement in your language of study. The test also may be used for those who require it for professional purposes, such as teachers who need certification or verification of language proficiency; government or law enforcement officials who seek career advancement; or individuals who wish to establish linguistic competence for business objectives, such as a promotion or job placement.

For more information or to register to take a language proficiency exam, please click on the language exam you wish to take. Language proficiency tests are offered exclusively online through a convenient, remotely-proctored platform. Results for exams are issued within two to three weeks of the testing date, and scores are valid for three years. Please email us at sps.flpe@nyu.edu with any questions.

Testing Accessibility & Accommodations

Our testing vendor, Examity, continuously assesses and updates their product and materials to meet the high standards and accessibility best practices established within the WCAG Guidelines. Learn more about our special and supported testing accommodations here.

We Offer Exams in the Following Languages

The Exams

The NYU School of Professional Studies offers three different language-testing examinations to evaluate your knowledge of a language and to assign points equivalent to undergraduate credit at US colleges. Dictionaries and other reference materials may not be used. These tests do not require knowledge of technical terms or specialized vocabulary.

12-Point Exam

Parts 1 – 2 consist of short texts and/or small illustrations, with THREE questions each: 2 Multiple Choice, 1 Short Answer.

Part 3 You are allowed 60 seconds to record an oral response to a recorded prompt.

Parts 4 includes a short audio (40-60 seconds).  You can replay the audio TWICE as you answer the three questions that follow: 2 Multiple Choice, 1 Short Answer.

Parts 5 – 6 consist of short texts and/or small illustrations, with THREE questions each: 2 Multiple Choice 1 Short Answer.

Part 7 You are allowed 90 seconds to record an oral response to a recorded prompt.

Parts 8 includes a short audio (40-60 seconds).  You can replay the audio TWICE as you answer the three questions that follow: 2 Multiple Choice, 1 Short Answer.

Part 9 is a short essay.  Choose ONE of the four offered topics and write an essay of approximately 100/250 words in «Language» (NOT in English).

Part 10 is a translation.  Translate the English-language text into «Language» (NOT in English). 

16-Point Exam

The 16-point exam is a combination of the 04-point exam and the 12-point exam (see details, above).

4-Point Exam

This two-part section is worth a total of 4 (four) points. 

First, is an advanced speaking section: You are given 120 seconds to record an oral response to a recorded prompt.

Next, you will choose one of two topics and write an essay of approximately 350 words explaining your position.

Exam Results

An official letter stating the results of the examination will be mailed/emailed to the designated institution within three weeks after the test is taken. The student will receive an unofficial copy of the letter.

Allow two extra weeks during winter break. Though the official letter is sufficient for most institutions, should an official transcript be required, it can be obtained from the NYU Transcript Office.

Online proficiency exams are conducted throughout the year, meeting the high standards and accessibility best practices established within the WCAG Guidelines. You will need the following to complete the test:

  • High speed internet connection
  • Laptop/Computer device with a camera, speakers and microphone
  • Modern web browser: FireFox (latest version) 

Results

An official letter containing the results of the examination will be emailed/mailed to the designated institution within two to three weeks after the test is taken. Test results can be mailed to additional institutions for a $15 fee each. Students receive an unofficial copy of the letter. Please allow two extra weeks during NYU’s winter break. Retesting is available at any time, but an additional exam fee is required.

The official letter is sufficient for most institutions. Should an official transcript be required, it can be obtained from the NYU Transcript Office by calling 212-998-4280

Note: Official letters will not be emailed/mailed to institutions for tests that are more than three years old. We only accept electronic forms of payment to initiate your testing registration. 

Exam Fees

12-Point Exam $529 + $20 registration fee = $549

16-Point Exam $629 + $20 registration fee = $649

4-Point Exam $329 + $20 registration fee = $349

(Students must have previously scored 8 points or higher on the 12-point exam to be eligible for the 4-point exam)