Proficiency exams are offered to current UB students who have taken French, Italian or Spanish in high school or elsewhere. The results of the exams will determine exemption from courses offered to fill the language requirement. The exam does not result in credits being awarded for proficiency in the language.
Who should take the exam?
This exam is intended for students who must meet the Foreign Language General Education for graduation (those who entered UB prior to Fall 2016), or for students who are planning to study abroad but have no contact with a previous language instructor to fill out their proficiency form.
Students should take the test if they have had a significant amount of foreign language study prior to entering college. It is especially recommended for students in their first year at UB and before registration in languages they have already studied.
Who should NOT take the exam?
This will be the last proficiency exam that RLL will offer for students who entered before Fall 2016. After registration, students will receive a reminder via email 1-2 days prior to the exam.
The exam lasts 90 minutes and includes:
Four to six weeks after the proficiency exam, results will be emailed to the student and to the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisement and Services. No exam results are available by phone.
Students whose results do not exempt them from coursework will be advised on appropriate course placement.
For students whose results do indicate elementary or intermediate proficiency, appropriate notation will be added to their record.
Please call (716) 645-2191, 9:00am-3:00pm M-F, with any questions regarding exam registration or policies.