NYU

New York University (NYU) offers proficiency examinations in over 50 languages for use at colleges and universities nationwide. These exams measure students’ abilities in three skill areas necessary for everyday communication: listening, reading, and writing. Students are required to answer questions on a listening comprehension passage, translate a passage from English to the test language as well as one from the test language into English, and to write a short essay in the test language on a selected topic. For of list of language exams offered by the NYU Foreign Language Department, click here.

Exams are scored by the NYU Foreign Language Department Faculty, and scores reported to the student and to their college or university.

NYU at UIC
Some students in UIC’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) may be eligible to take an NYU Proficiency exam in lieu of foreign language coursework. Students wishing to explore this option should begin by meeting with their LAS academic advisor to determine eligibility. During the fall and spring semesters, appointments are available Mondays, Wednesdays-Fridays, 9am-12pm and 1-4pm, and walk-in advising is available Tuesdays, 8:30-11:30am and 1-4pm. Please visit: student.las.uic.edu to schedule an academic advising appointment.

Eligible students will be given a letter of authorization, which must be submitted to the Office of Testing Services (OTS) in order to register for the exam, along with information on how to order test materials.

Registering for the NYU
First Step
The first step in registering for an NYU Foreign Language Proficiency exam is to consult with your College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) academic advisor to determine whether or not you are eligible for the exam. The decision on eligibility is made by LAS Student Academic Affairs according to LAS guidelines. During the fall and spring semesters, appointments are available Mondays, Wednesdays-Fridays, 9am-12pm and 1-4pm, and walk-in advising is available Tuesdays, 8:30-11:30am and 1-4pm. Please visit : student.las.uic.edu to schedule an academic advising appointment.

Eligible students will be given a letter of authorization, which must be submitted to the Office of Testing Services (OTS) in order to register for the exam, along with information on how to order test materials.

Forms and fees are to be mailed directly to NYU by the student; the address, and further details are available from LAS.
Students ordering test materials are advised to call NYU directly at (212) 998-7030 to check on current fees and for details on particular exams before sending registration form and fees. (The fees charged by NYU change periodically, and if insufficient fees are submitted, this will result in a delay in receiving test materials.) Test materials will be shipped from NYU to UIC’s Office of Testing Services in approximately 3 to 6 weeks.

Registering at OTS
After meeting with their LAS academic advisor, students must register for the exam in person at the Office of Testing Services (OTS) in the Student Services Building. When registering, students must submit a signed letter of authorization from LAS, and give information on how they can be contacted when test materials arrive (e.g. phone, e-mail, US mail), if this information has not already been provided by their LAS academic advisor.

Making a Testing Appointment
Once test materials arrive at OTS, the student will be contacted, and may then make an appointment for testing. Testing appointments are generally available weekdays, during normal business hours. However, due to scheduling constraints, there are several days each month when individual appointments cannot be accommodated, so students needing to obtain exam results by a deadline are encouraged to make the necessary arrangements at the earliest possible date to assure maximum scheduling flexibility.

Taking the Test
NYU Language Proficiency exams run two hours in length, and consist of four sections. For most exams, the first section assesses listening comprehension; the student listens to a tape-recorded passage in the test language, and answers several questions about the passage. Sections two and three are translations: from the test language into English, and from English into the test language. In the fourth section, the student writes a short essay in the test language on a selected topic.
The exams are administered at the Office of Testing Services, Room 1070 Student Services Building (SSB). Students must present a valid UIC “I Card” at the time of testing, and no books, notes, scratch paper, or other aids are permitted in the testing room.

Exam Results
Exams are graded by NYU Foreign Languages Department faculty, and scores are reported by NYU to the student and to LAS in approximately four weeks.