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Proficiency

Language proficiency testing is available for students who are candidates to test out of the Newcomb-Tulane College Core Curriculum language requirement. The test is also available to students and university community members that would like an official assessment of their language ability. The Language Learning Center credentials with the Global Seal of Biliteracy.

REGISTRATION LINK:  https://tulane.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0HAML57q4uQnnZs

IMPORTANT: All communications will be sent to your Tulane email address.

If you need a French Proficiency Test, please contact Professor Charles Mignot.

If you need a Latin Proficiency Test, please contact Professor Thomas Frazel.

FAQs

What languages are available?

The Language Proficiency Test is available for Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Chin (Hakha), Chuukese, Czech, Filipino (Tagalog), French, German, Haitian Creole, Hawaiian (‘Ōlelo Hawai’i), Hmong, Hebrew, Hindi, Ilocano, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Mandarin (Simplified & Traditional), Marathi, Marshallese, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Samoan, Somali Maay Maay, Somali Maxaa, Spanish, Tamil, Telugu, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, Yup’ik, and Zomi. If you need a language that is not listed here, please contact the Language Learning Center to discuss options.

When are language proficiency tests offered?

Language Proficiency Tests are offered through the Fall and Spring Semester. All tests are administered remotely with a proctor and can be taken anywhere with internet access. French is offered by appointment with Professor Charles Mignot. Latin is offered at the beginning of the academic year or by appointment with Professor Thomas Frazel.

How much does the language proficiency test cost?

A fee of $50 will be added to undergraduate students’ accounts.

How is the test structured?

The test consists of reading, writing, speaking, and listening sections. You can view the Scoring Rubric Breakdown to learn more about how proficiency levels are measured.

Who is a candidate to test out of the NTC language requirement?

Students who have at least intermediate knowledge of speaking AND writing in the target language might be candidates to test out of the NTC language requirement. Please note that being a native speaker of a language does not automatically indicate that you will pass the Language Proficiency Test.

What score is required to test out of the language requirement?

Students must demonstrate the equivalent proficiency to completion of third-semester language course (level 2030) at Tulane. This level differs for each language.

What is the Global Seal of Biliteracy?

The Global Seal of Biliteracy is an international credential that conveys proficiency with language skills in two or more languages for qualifying candidates. The Global Seal of Biliteracy enables organizations and employers across the world to quickly validate a student’s language skills in order to provide recognition and lead to academic and professional opportunities. We believe language credentials will result in pay differentials and increased employment opportunities for bilinguals. The Global Seal of Biliteracy is serial-numbered and can be added to a resume or LinkedIn under "Licenses & Certifications.” To learn more about the Global Seal of Biliteracy visit theglobalseal.com.

How do I earn a Global Seal of Biliteracy?

The Global Seal of Biliteracy accepts most tests administered by the Language Learning Center. The Language Learning Center applies on behalf of qualifying candidates and will handle the logistics of getting each recipient their Global Seal if they have qualifying test results. The Global Seal is free for all. To learn more about the Global Seal of Biliteracy visit theglobalseal.com.

What are the Global Seal of Biliteracy proficiency levels?

The Global Seal of Biliteracy certifies Functional Fluency, Working Fluency, and Professional Fluency. The proficiency tests administered by the Language Learning Center can certify up to Working Fluency. We can help students who wish to certify Professional Fluency identify a qualifying test.