Office of Language Assessment

Advanced Language Proficiency Assessment

UChicago’s Advanced Language Proficiency AssessmentTM measures students’ ability to functionally use a foreign language in a wide variety of settings, including all personal settings and many academic or professional settings.

Both the College and graduate students across all Divisions and Schools at the University of Chicago can take the Advanced Language Proficiency Assessment to earn Advanced Language Proficiency Certification. This certification documents what a student can do with the language in a meaningful and impactful way and how their language abilities–listening, reading, speaking, and writing–will serve them in their professional and academic careers.

The Advanced Language Proficiency Certification will also strengthen students’ resumes and expand their career opportunities.

Eligibility Criteria

Reaching Advanced proficiency in any language is a significant achievement. Our goal is to ensure success on this assessment. Therefore, students should carefully read these guidelines to determine their eligibility to sit for an Advanced Language Proficiency Assessment. The path to Advanced proficiency for heritage language learners may be slightly different.

  1. Completion of formal language study at the college level –  a minimum of three years or the equivalent for Romance and Germanic languages and four to five years or the equivalent for other languages);
  2. Completion of coursework beyond the language sequence, when such courses are available and offered in the target language;
  3. A significant immersive experience in the target language and culture where you used the language on a daily basis for an extended period of time and in a variety of personal, academic and professional settings. This may include
    1. working abroad or studying abroad OR
    2. using the language as a heritage language learner in a variety of personal, academic, and professional settings

*Some languages take more time to gain higher levels of proficiency.


  1. The exam fee is $90, but it is currently waived for College students and graduate students in the Humanities Division.
  2. A student may only take a UChicago Language Proficiency Assessment in a given language once within a twelve-month period.
  3. Students can only register for one exam each test administration cycle.
  4. Native speakers of a given language are not eligible to take a Language Proficiency Assessment in that language.
  5. The Office of Language Assessment has the right to determine each student’s eligibility, based on the criteria above.
  6. Since these assessments take significant planning and proctoring, no makeup dates or rescheduling can be provided.

For questions about these policies, visit the FAQ page or contact

Taking the Advanced Language Proficiency AssessmentTM

The Advanced Language Proficiency Assessment will be administered once in the Autumn quarter and once in the Spring quarter each academic year.

In Spring 2022, students will be able to take the Advanced assessment in any of the following languages:

  • Chinese
  • German
  • Spanish

*More languages will be available during Spring 2022 administration.

Spring 2022 Registration and Deadlines

Registration Begins Registration Ends Test Administration
Monday, March 28 Monday, April 18 Wednesday, May 4, 6 PM

Click here to register for the exam.