Language Proficiency

Language proficiency refers to one’s ability to use language for real-world purposes to accomplish real-world linguistic tasks across a wide range of topics and settings. There are different ways and scales that define and measure proficiency. In the United States, the most common ones are ACTFL Proificiency scale and the government ILR (Interagency Language Roundtable) scale.

More and more employers (including government agencies, schools, businesses and NGOs) are requiring their employees to take a proficiency test, such as an Oral Proficiency Test or its computer version OPIc. Having an OPI or OPIc certifciate documenting your language proficiency may greatly increase your chance of getting hired.

You can schedule a proficiency test in your language for a fee at Language Testing International. If you need help with it, please, contact the Center director Evgeny Dengub at

Free Proficiency Testing and Global Seal of Biliteracy

The Center for Languages and Cultures is happy to offer free language proficiency testing in reading, listening, writing and speaking for undergraduate students on a limited basis.

We are partnering with Avant Assessment, a reputable organization administering language tests (STAMP tests).

After you complete the test, you will receive a report certifying your proficiency level.

We can also provide a Certificate of Global Seal of Biliteracy for Functional Fluency, Working Fluency, or Professional Fluency depending on your level of language proficiency (you will need to test at least at Intermediate Mid for that).

The tests will be provided to you free of charge (paid by CLC).

You can sign up for the test here. The deadline to sign up is March 4 and all tests must be completed by April 1.

The number of spots is limited. Graduating language majors and minors will be given first priority.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get an external validation of your language skills! It will be very useful for your CV!