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Graduate Proficiency Exam

Proficiency Testing is primarily for graduate students whose degree requires proof of proficiency in a foreign language.

The Foreign Language Examinations are given four times during the academic year on alternating Saturdays and Sundays. They are also given once during the summer. Dates, times, location and registration deadlines for upcoming tests are listed below.

2017 - 2018

All exams begin at 9:30 a.m. in the College Avenue Language Lab, Room 119

Registration Deadline Test Date
Friday, September 22, 2017 Saturday, October 7, 2017
Friday, November 3, 2017 Sunday, November 19, 2017
Friday, January 26, 2018 Saturday, February 3, 2018
Friday, March 30, 2018 Sunday, April 8, 2018

In modern languages, one of two selections, either a passage in the Humanities or the Sciences, must be translated into idiomatically correct English. Art History Ph.D. students taking the exam in German translate a text chosen by their department.

All students will have one hour and 45 minutes to complete the exam, during which one dictionary (non electronic) may be used.

Exams may be taken in the following languages: Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish - provided examiners are available. Please note that you CANNOT take the exam in your mother tongue!

Results may be obtained approximately two weeks after the exam date by calling either your department or the Graduate School.

The fee is $30.00 (non-refundable). A valid ID is necessary for admittance.

Click HERE  to register


For further information, call (848) 932-7883 or email Daissy Santamaria at


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New Brunswick NJ 08901

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