Office of Language Assessment

ARCA is administered once per quarter, with fixed examination dates and times in Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters:

  • French: Monday, Week 7, 6:00pm
  • German: Monday, Week 6, 6:00pm
  • Spanish and other languages: Monday, Week 5, 6:00pm
The schedule for 2019-2020 academic year is as follows:
Spring 2020*
Spanish & Other Languages (Week 5) Monday, May 4, 2020 @ 6:00 PM
German (Week 6) Monday, May 11, 2020 @ 6:00 PM
French (Week 7) Monday, May 18, 2020 @ 6:00 PM

*Spring 2020: Online administration

The ARCA exams will be administered online on the days and times above. Please be prepared to take the exam as scheduled at your own personal space using your personal computer.

Please keep in mind that, to take the exam:

  • You must  have access to a computer with stable internet connection.
  • You must be in a quiet room by yourself during the exam.
  • We will use Zoom to live monitor you and your screen during the exam, therefore you MUST have a working webcam on your computer. 

We will be in touch with more details once the registration for these exams is closed and we have a full list of test takers.


ARCA Exam Offerings

Students can register for the ARCA exams just as they would for a course (although the ARCA is not offered in every language every quarter).

The following ARCA exams are offered every quarter by default:

EXAM Course ID Course Title
EXAM 70100 French Academic Reading Comprehension Assessment
EXAM 70200 German Academic Reading Comprehension Assessment
EXAM 74500 Hebrew Academic Reading Comprehension Assessment
EXAM 79500 Portuguese Academic Reading Comprehension Assessment
EXAM 70400 Spanish Academic Reading Comprehension Assessment
EXAM 74000 Greek Translation Exam
EXAM 77000 Latin Translation Exam
EXAM 80100 Catalan Academic Reading Comprehension Assessment

The following exams are offered by request, dependent upon two conditions: first, that students request the test by emailing gradreadingexams@uchicago.edu before Week 3 of the quarter preceding the administration of the test, and second, that the OLA is able to hire qualified test developers who can create and grade the exam in that language.

EXAM Course ID Course Title
EXAM 70500 Arabic Academic Reading Comprehension Assessment
EXAM 72000 Chinese Academic Reading Comprehension Assessment
EXAM 76000 Italian Academic Reading Comprehension Assessment
EXAM 76500 Japanese Academic Reading Comprehension Assessment
EXAM 76700 Korean Academic Reading Comprehension Assessment
EXAM 70300 Russian Academic Reading Comprehension Assessment
EXAM 81000 Turkish Academic Reading Comprehension Assessment
EXAM 79100 Biblical Hebrew Translation Exam

For specific examination dates and registration deadlines, visit the University Registrar’s site here.

Once students register for an exam, the Office of Language Assessment (OLA) will contact them via e-mail regarding room locations and other logistical details five-to-seven days before the exam date.