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Graduate Language Proficiency Testing

The Center for World Languages and Cultures (CWLC) offers foreign language proficiency exams to graduate students who want to meet a foreign language requirement for their program.

Testing Dates

The CWLC offers specific testing dates during the fall, winter and spring quarters. Registration for each test closes 72 hours before the test. Registration and test dates for both the STAMP4S and Translation & Reading test can be found below. The cost is $75 per test, payable by exact change or check only.

*Please note that no tests are offered during academic breaks or during summer.

Fall 2019 testing dates: 

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019: 8:00am - 12:00pm (FULL)

Thursday, October 24th, 2019: 5:00pm - 9:00pm (FULL)




**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
$50 and the no-show will be counted as a fail and one of your 3 attempts to pass the exam.


When will I  know my  results?

Avant Assessment grades the exams and results are typically released 1-2 weeks after the
exam. The student and the program director are notified via email upon receipt of the grades.
Please do not call the CWLC for test results. Results are mailed to all students, regardless of
score. If you have passed, a signed letter certifying you have passed the DU requirements for
proficiency is also included in your mailing.


Testing for IIC and Korbel Students

The Center for World Languages and Cultures offers the STAMP4S language proficiency exams for students in the International and Intercultural Communication program and the Korbel School of International Studies. Passing this exam is one of the ways in which students may meet the foreign language proficiency requirement for their degree(s).

The STAMP4S test 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. See the STAMP4S test website to see current language offerings.

You can view the STAMP4S Benchmarks and Rubric Guide (PDF) and take a STAMP4S practice test to help prepare for the exam by clicking here.


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

Testing for these programs is a written exam designed for social sciences or humanities. This is a Translation and Reading test only. 

Please carefully review the following document before registering for this exam Graduate Proficiency Exam Information (Translation and Reading) (PDF).

To view samples of these tests click on the links below. Please note, some sample tests may not include both the translation and reading comprehension portions of the actual test. Be prepared to be tested on both portions.