Graduate Language Proficiency Exam

This exam is primarily for graduate students whose degree requires proof of proficiency in a language other than English.

Exam sessions 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.

2019 - 2020

All exams begin at 9:30 a.m. in Room 421 at 1 Spring Street in New Brunswick, NJ.

Depending upon the availability of faculty members for preparation and grading, the Foreign Language Examinations will be given this summer on:

Registration Deadline Test Date
Friday, September 27, 2019 Sunday, October 6, 2019
Friday, November 1, 2019 Saturday, November 16, 2019
Friday, January 24, 2020 Sunday, February 9, 2020
Friday, March 27, 2020 Saturday, April 11, 2020

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. 


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


Click HERE to register.


Main office: 1 Spring Street, New Brunswick NJ 08901