Second Language Proficiency Exam

The Linguistics Department offers the Second Language Proficiency Exam for languages not taught on campus, as well as for those taught by The Critical Languages Program. Students can be tested to determine 2nd semester, 4th semester, or native-level proficiency.  Students will not receive any course credit for passing the exam, but their second language requirement will be waived if they pass the exam.

The fee for the Language Exam for currently enrolled University of Arizona students is $100. For non-University of Arizona students, such as students at other universities the fee is $200. However, we will also test Pima Community College students at the UA student rate of $100. There is no fee to test for Native American languages of North America as part of the Linguistics Department's commitment to indigenous language maintenance and revitalization. For Native American languages, please email instead, so we can determine who should administer the exam for that language.

We also test high school students either individually or in groups. High schools may desire to have students tested for several reasons, among which are satisfying their own graduation requirements or satisfying ABOR requirements to gain admission to UA. For high school students the exam fee is lowered to $75 for individuals, and we also have group rates that a high school can take advantage of:

1 student $75

5 students $250

10 students $300

20 students $500

We will also send one of our representatives from our department to your high school in order to test students in groups, or we can test high school groups by Zoom. If you are a representative of a high school or a high school student interested in these exams please contact Marian Wiseley:

These exams are aimed at students who grew up speaking a language other than English at home or school, as well as students who learned a language other than English while living abroad or in their community.

Here is a short list of some of the languages that we test regularly (we are able to test other languages as well – this list is not exhaustive):

Armenian, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Igbo, Malay, Navajo, Polish, Romanian, Sinhala, Slovak, Somali, Thai, Twi, Vietnamese

Exams are given one on one with one of our faculty members, or one of our graduate students.

If you are a UA student, sign up for an exam at our scheduling site: Currently all testing is over Zoom, so you can test from a remote location. We may start to offer an in-person exam option again in the future.

If you are not a student of the UA, to sign up for an exam please send an email to Marian Wiseley: and mention what institution you need to be tested for, and what level of proficiency you need to demonstrate.

In your email, you must include the name of language you wish to be tested in, your name, and student identification number. You will be scheduled for an exam in the order in which your request was received. Please be aware that our faculty members and graduate students may not be available during peak university times (such as the beginning and ending of the semester, or during the summer or winter breaks, so don’t wait until the last minute to sign up for a language exam). Additionally, the testers’ time is valuable, so if you miss a scheduled appointment without contacting us in advance, you will be charged a $20 rescheduling fee.

Note:  If you took a placement exam during orientation please see the following for information:

For questions about American Sign Language please email Professor Holly Nelson at