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Language Proficiency Testing

Language Proficiency Testing

The Center for World Languages and Cultures (CWLC) offers foreign language proficiency exams to undergraduate and graduate students. Please find information to your specific program below.

Graduate Students
Testing for IIC and Korbel Students 

Students in International Studies and International and Intercultural Communication programs take the STAMP4S assessment, a computer-based assessment that measures reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The scoring system for this test is based off national norms for foreign language proficiency and is widely recognized.

FAQ

What languages are offered

See the STAMP4S test website to see current language offerings.

How should I prepare for the test?

You can review the Benchmarking and Rubric Guide to become familiar with the expectations of the test. Free drop-in tutoring in available at the Language Center, and the Self-Directed Language Study program is available for more focused, individual preparation. You can take a sample STAMP4S test on the Avant Assessment website

What do I need to pass?

You must score at least a 4 (Intermediate-Low) in three of the four test sections, with no lower than a 2 (Novice-Mid) in any of the sections, to fulfill of the graduate language requirement. 

When will I  know my  results?

Avant Assessment scores the assessments and results are typically released 1-2 weeks after the test date. The student will be notified via email upon receipt of the results. Please do not call the CWLC for test results.

What alternatives are available to fulfill my language requirement?

The CWLC Director and your Program Director can approve external assessments, certifications, and/or courses to fulfill your requirement. Please contact us for more information.

Testing for all other Graduate Degree Programs (Art History, Anthropology, Iliff/Religious Studies, English, Geography) 

Students in these social sciences and humanities-focused programs take the Reading Proficiency Test (RPT). The Reading Proficiency Test (RPT) is remotely proctored online through Language Testing International. Please review the Technical Requirements to be sure that your computer meets the required specifications and review the Examinee Hanbook and the Familiarization Manual for information about the test, scoring, and preparation. 

How to register:

  1. https://www.languagetesting.com/certifications-tests/test-information

  2. Choose language: Reading Proficiency Tests are only available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. If you need to test in another language, please contact the CWLC to discuss your options.

  3. Choose test: Reading (ACTFL Reading Test - 50 mins).

  4. Click to Schedule Test and complete the Schedule form.

  5. Create and account. Note your account information to reschedule or cancel tests and to view your scores later.

  6. Check out. Your payment of $50 can be made by debit or credit card.

  7. Confirm.

Results:

  1. You will receive an email from LTI when your results are available (up to three business days).

  2. Log in (https://www.languagetesting.com/login-and-registration) to your account to view your results.

  3. Download the PDF of your certificate and email to cwlc@du.edu. 

  4. The CWLC will verify your score and notify your program advisor.
FAQ

What languages are offered?

Reading Proficiency Tests are only available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. If you need to test in another language, please contact the CWLC to discuss your options.

How should I prepare for the test?

Free drop-in tutoring in available at the Language Center, and the Self-Directed Language Study program is available for more focused, individual preparation. You should also review the Technical Requirements to be sure that your computer meets the required specifications and review the Examinee Handbook and the Familiarization Manual for information about the test, scoring, and preparation.

What do I need to pass?

The benchmark scores for passing the Reading Proficiency requirement are set at an intermediate-high level.

When will I know my results?

Results should be available within three business days of completing the assessment.  Please do not call the CWLC for exam results.

What alternatives are available to fulfill my language requirement?

The CWLC Director and your Program Director can approve external assessments, certifications, and/or courses to fulfill your requirement. Please contact us for more information.

 

Undergraduate International Studies (INTS) Majors

Students in the undergraduate International Studies program can take the STAMP4S assessment to fulfill their language requirement beyond the university common curriculum requirement. STAMP4S is a computer-based assessment that measures reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The scoring system for this test is based off national norms for foreign language proficiency and is widely recognized.

FAQ

What languages are offered

See the STAMP4S test website to see current language offerings. If you would like to show proficiency in another language, please contact your Program Director.

How should I prepare for the test?

You can review the Benchmarking and Rubric Guide to become familiar with the expectations of the test. Free drop-in tutoring in available at the Language Center, and the Self-Directed Language Study program is available for more focused, individual preparation. You can take a sample STAMP4S test on the Avant Assessment website.

What do I need to pass?

You must score at least a 4 (Intermediate-Low) in three of the four test sections, with no lower than a 2 (Novice-Mid) in any of the sections, to fulfill of the language requirement.

When will I  know my  results?

Avant Assessment scores the assessments and results are typically released 1-2 weeks after the test date. The student will be notified via email upon receipt of the results. Please do not call the CWLC for test results.

What alternatives are available to fulfill my language requirement?

The CWLC Director and your Program Director can approve external assessments, certifications, and/or courses to fulfill your requirement. Please contact us for more information.

Language Majors

Some language programs require exit assessments for their majors and minors. These students take the STAMP4S assessment to fulfill their language requirement beyond the university common curriculum requirement. STAMP4S is a computer-based assessment that measures reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The scoring system for this test is based off national norms for foreign language proficiency and is widely recognized.

FAQ

How should I prepare for the test?

You have been preparing for this test this whole time! You can take a sample STAMP4S test on the Avant Assessment website and review the Benchmarking and Rubric Guide to become familiar with the test

What do I need to pass?

There are no passing or failing grades, and this assessment will not affect your ability to graduate. Your score will be used for only for program assessment.

When will I  know my  results?

Avant Assessment scores the assessments and results are typically released 1-2 weeks after the test date. The student will be notified via email upon receipt of the results. Please do not call the CWLC for test results.

Test Dates

The CWLC offers specific testing dates during the fall, winter and spring quarters. Tests are not offered during academic breaks or during summer, so plan accordingly.

Spring 2020 testing dates have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please contact our office directly for questions.

 

*Please Note: For Graduate Degree Programs (not including IIC and Korbel Students), please follow the directions above to complete the Reading Proficiency Test (RPT) online.

 

Cost

The cost is $75 per test, payable by exact change or check only. Undergraduate language majors do not pay the fee.

Registration

Registration for each test closes 72 hours before the test.

Register Here

Please note: You will not receive a confirmation after registering. You will receive an email the week prior to the exam with detailed testing information.

Cancellation Policy:

We understand that lives are busy and things happen, however, cancellations and no-shows have an impact on CWLC staff and other students who take this exam. If we receive and acknowledge a cancellation email from you more than 24 hours before the exam for which you have registered, there will be no penalty. If you do not show up on the exam day, you will be assessed a fee of $75 and the no-show will be counted as a fail and one of your 3 attempts to pass the exam.