Foreign Language Proficiency Exam

The Foreign Language Proficiency Exam is one option students have to fulfill the university’s language requirement. It is not a placement exam; faculty academic advisors help place students into the appropriate level of foreign language classes at Puget Sound.

Although each exam is specific to the language, every exam measures students’ proficiency in reading, listening, speaking, and writing. Students who successfully pass the exam typically have 2-3 years of high-level high school coursework in the language. Students will receive two 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. 


New students:

New students will have the opportunity to take the exam during Orientation week as a part of their introduction to campus. Students who plan to test out of the language requirement must sign up in Wheelock Student Center on Friday, August 23, 2013, between 8:00am and 4:00pm.  Testing appointments will take place the following week and will be determined by students’ orientation schedule.

White group testing:

  • Monday, August 26, 2013: 9:00am – 11:00am
  • Tuesday, August 27, 2013: 9:00am – 11:00am

Maroon group testing:

  • Thursday, August 29, 2013: 9:00am – 11:00am
  • Friday, August 30, 2013: 9:00am – 11:00am


Current students:

Current students will have three opportunities to take the Foreign Language Placement Exam during the 2013-2014 academic year:

  • Saturday, October 12, 2013: 9:00am – 11:00am
  • Saturday, February 22, 2014:  9:00am – 11:00am
  • Saturday, May 3, 2014: 9:00am – 11:00am

The Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching proctors these exams for students on campus; however, all exams are administered and graded by an outside testing service. As a result, most exams must be ordered for students in advance.  In order to allow ample time for exams to arrive, we ask that students sign up for a testing date at least 3 weeks in advance. If you fail to schedule your appointment in that window, you may have to postpone your exam until the next available testing date. Register for the exam here