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Proficiency Exam Explanation

UCSD students may wish to have it certified that they have attained a level of conversational and reading proficiency that is adequate to conduct every-day life in a secondary language. Revelle and Eleanor Roosevelt Colleges require such certification for the baccalaureate degree. In addition, some UCSD departments have an undergraduate language requirement as part of their major program. The Linguistics department has accepted the responsibility of evaluating such proficiency for French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. Students may take proficiency examinations in other languages when qualified testers are available.

If you wish to take the proficiency examination in French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish:

The reading portion of the exam is given once each quarter (twice in Fall Quarter) on the dates specified on Triton Link under "Placement and Proficiency Exams Schedule". If you pass the reading portion, you will then be scheduled to take the oral portion of the exam. Once you have passed both portions of the proficiency exam (in the same quarter) you will have satisfied your language requirement.

If you wish to take the proficiency exam in languages other than those listed above, please see the following documents:

PLEASE NOTE: The proficiency exam is not the same as the placement test. The placement test will tell you in which level of the language you are approved to enroll. The online placement test is available in French, German, Italian and Spanish here.