Foreign Language Proficiency Assessment

The next FLPA Exam in German will take place on Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 3:00-6:00 p.m.

The deadline for registration (German) and $35.00 payment is Monday, November 9, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

The next FLPA Exams in French, Spanish, Latin and Italian will take place on Friday, November 20, 2015 from 3:00-6:00 p.m.

The deadline for registration (French, Spanish, Latin and Italian) and $35.00 payment is Monday, November 16, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

The Graduate School administers Foreign Language Proficiency Assessments for enrolled, degree seeking graduate students who have a foreign language proficiency requirement as part of their degree program. The assessments are offered as an alternative to coursework (601/602 language courses) for those students who have proficiency in a language but may not have a documented means of showing it.

The assessments are reading proficiency exams equivalent to a final exam in a 602 course. Principally, the exams include the translation of a prescribed general interest text and a section focused on reading comprehension skills.

Assessments are automatically offered in French, German, Italian, Latin and Spanish. The Graduate School will work to make accommodations for other foreign languages upon request, but cannot guarantee availability.

Assessment Schedule

The Foreign Language Proficiency Assessments are offered once a semester, typically in November and April. The next FLPA Exam schedule is as follows:

Date Time Assessment & Location Registration Deadline
November 12, 2015 3:00-6:00 p.m. German: Dey Hall, Room 113 November 9, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
November 20, 2015 3:00-6:00 p.m. French: Dey Hall, Room 208
Spanish: Dey Hall, Room 202
Italian: Dey Hall, Room 206
Latin: Dey Hall, Room 313
November 16, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.


Registration for all Foreign Language Proficiency Assessments is accomplished online using the above link. Once you register, you will receive an email confirmation of your registration. If you choose not to pay online by credit card, please bring or mail a check for the $35.00 fee to the Graduate School (FLPA, 200 Bynum Hall, CB# 4010 Campus Mail). No cash will be accepted as payment for this fee.

General Guidelines for the FLPA

All students must present a valid photo ID (UNC One Card or Driver's License) to take the assessment. Students without a valid ID will not be allowed to sit for the assessment.

The maximum time allowed for completion of the assessment is three hours. Students who show up late may take the assessment, but will not be allowed any extra time. Students who finish early may leave upon completion of the exam.

Students are expected to sign (on their assessment) that they are aware that the UNC Honor Code applies to this exam.

Students are allowed to bring and use a foreign language dictionary during the exam. Please consult with the proctor about using other translation tools, including online resources.

Samples of previous examinations are generally not circulated.


Grades are reported as Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory and will generally be reported within two weeks of the assessment date. Satisfactory proficiency is at a skill level equivalent to a 70 percent comprehension or competence of a final exam in a 602 course. Results of Satisfactory are reported by The Graduate School to the student and students home program. Unsatisfactory results are reported only to the student. A student may take the assessments as often as they wish, subject to the fee for each seating.

If you have questions please contact Lou Anne Phelps at