Exam Options and Results

The Exams

The NYU School of Professional Studies offers three different language-testing examinations to evaluate your knowledge of a language and to assign points equivalent to undergraduate credit at US colleges.* Dictionaries and other reference materials may not be used. These tests do not require knowledge of technical terms or specialized vocabulary.

12-Point Exam

The NYU School of Professional Studies Foreign Language Proficiency Exam tests three skills—listening, reading, and writing—that are necessary for everyday communicative tasks. Students are required to answer multiple-choice and short-answer questions, write one essay, translate one passage into the target language, and respond to two audio sections. Students are given two hours to complete the entire 12-point exam.

16-Point Exam

The 16-point exam is comprised of the 12-point exam, as well as a 350-word essay on a more complex subject. In the essay, students are required to write about abstract ideas, support an argument, hypothesize, and write in longer paragraphs. Students are given three hours to complete the entire 16-point exam.

4-Point Exam

For students who elected to take the 12-point exam and later wish to be tested on the extended 350-word essay portion of the 16-point exam, we offer an additional 4-point exam. This exam is offered only to students who received a score of at least 8 on the 12-point exam. Students are given one hour (60 minutes) to complete the 4-point exam.

* It is important to note that the actual amount of credit granted is at the discretion of the institution receiving the results. Students are strongly urged to discuss accreditation with the institution’s advisor prior to taking the exam. Exam results are valid for five years from the test date. Official letters will not be mailed to institutions for tests that are more than five years old.

An official letter stipulating the results of the examination will be mailed to the designated institution up to eight weeks after the test is taken. The student will receive an unofficial copy of the letter.

Allow two extra weeks during winter break. Though the official letter is sufficient for most institutions, should an official transcript be required, it can be obtained from the NYU Transcript Office.