The Foreign Language Proficiency Exam is one option students have to fulfill the university’s foreign language graduation requirement. It is not a placement exam; faculty academic advisors help place students into the appropriate level of foreign language classes at Puget Sound. If you are unsure which language class you should take, please contact your advisor or the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature.
Likewise, the exam does not fulfill departmental language requirements; students who pass the Foreign Language Proficiency Exam have tested out of the university's foreign language graduation requirement by demonstrating prior competence and do not plan on taking any language courses at the university.
Although the structure of the exam differs slightly according to the language, every exam measures students’ proficiency in reading, listening, speaking, and writing. Students who successfully pass the exam typically either have 3-4 years of high-level high school coursework in the language, have studied abroad, or are a native speaker of the language. Students will receive two and a half hours to complete the exam, unless prior accommodations for extended time have been made with the Office of Student Accommodations and Accessibility. Students are permitted up to one retake; if after two attempts students are unable to pass the exam, we will recommend that they enroll in an introductory foreign language class.