Language Proficiency Exams

The department offers two types of language exams: placement and proficiency.  Placement exams are for those students who plan to enroll in one of our language courses.  Proficiency exams are for students who wish to waive a college or major foreign language requirement without taking a course.  Both kinds of exams are generally offered only at the very beginning of each fall and spring semester.

Placement exams:  Please contact the instructor of the course you believe may be the most appropriate for your level to learn how to schedule a placement exam.

Proficiency exams:  Individual foreign language proficiency tests are administered by the Department one time at the start of every semester, to registered Berkeley students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, in the service of both Berkeley degree requirements and external fellowships and programs. In some cases, tests may also be administered to students at other UC and non-UC campuses or, occasionally, to other individuals.

For more information, and to register for a proficiency exam, contact the Department Chair.