Due to the COVID-19 epidemic and the need for social distancing, there currently is limited face-to-face proctored testing at the Testing Center on South Neil Street. Some online proctoring may be possible. Please contact the Testing Center for the most updated information at (217) 244-1342.
For the purpose of fulfilling the Gen Ed language requirement, we accept test results from the following three institutions. No academic credit is awarded. Please note that you are responsible for making arrangements and for paying all proctoring and testing fees. You should plan on taking the exam during Fall or Spring semester, as faculty are not usually available during the Summer session to administer language tests.
- New York University School of Professional Studies. NYU offers language proficiency testing in over 50 languages. Thirteen are currently online (Bengali, Cantonese, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Urdu, and Yiddish). The others are paper-and-pencil. NYU plans to transition all of their language proficiency exams to an online format in the coming months. Whether you take an online exam or a paper-and-pencil exam, you must register for the 16-point exam of the language that you wish to be tested in. The 16-point exam is the 12-point exam plus the one-page essay that you write for the 4-point exam. NYU requires that you pay by credit card when you register.
- University of Pennsylvania Language Center. U-Penn offers language proficiency testing in 48 languages, but THIS OPTION MIGHT NOT BE AVAILABLE TO YOU DURING SPRING 2021 DUE TO COVID-19. Please email Lada Vassilieva before filling out the registration form to ask whether it is possible for you to take a U-Penn proficiency test in the language that you desire. If she confirms that a professor is available to test you, then when filling out their registration form, under "Name of Academic Advisor" put "Diana Steele" (do not type in your actual advisor's name) and for her email address, put "email@example.com". Under "Address Where Test Results Should Be Sent," put: Robert Steltman, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Administration, 2002 Lincoln Hall, 702 South Wright Street, Urbana IL 61801. PHONE 217-244-6877. EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
- Brigham Young University. BYU offers language proficiency testing in over 50 languages, many of which are done online, but their tests assess only through the third level of language study. Currently, all programs in the Gies College of Business, most programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and some programs in the College of Fine and Applied Arts require that you demonstrate proficiency through the fourth level. If you need to demonstrate fourth-level proficiency, you cannot take a BYU language test. When filling out BYU's registration form, you'll notice that UIUC is not included in their drop-down menu. Please select "Other" and then fill in the contact information for the Testing Center's Coordinator of Proctoring and Individual Testing.
Feel free to contact PNP if you have any questions about testing in a less commonly studied language.