Office for Prior Learning Assessment

NYU Language Exams

New York University language exams offer opportunities to test in many languages. These exams evaluate your knowledge of the language of your choice, and assign points that translate into undergraduate credit at USM. NYU exams test for listening, reading, and speaking.  NYU exams do not require knowledge of technical terms or specialized vocabulary.   NYU exams cost between $390-$490 depending on which exam you take, including the exam fee, registration fee, and postage/handling.  USM also charges a $30 test administration fee, so the total cost is $420 - $520. 

USM is a testing site open to the general public, which means registration is not restricted to only USM students. Be sure to check with your home institution to learn their minimum cut-off scores and course equivalents. The list below is specific to USM.

Not sure which exam to take? Review the NYU Website for more information about each of the available exams.

USM Equivalencies for Language Exam Passing Scores

The USM equivalencies for language exams given at USM are listed below. 

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All NYU Language exams are scored in terms of points:
Exam Number of Points Credits Awarded
4 point 0-4 NO CREDIT
12 or 16 point 5-7  LAN 1XX (4 credits)* 
12 or 16 point         8-12 LAN 2XX (8 credits)*        
16 point 13-16 LAN 3XX (8 credits)*

*If a student passes the exam in a language USM offers, then the three-letter prefix for the language will be used instead of LAN. (For example, passing the NYU French exam at the 5-7 point level will result in 4 credits of FRE 1XX.)

Available exams include:

If the exam is marked (NYU), it is only available through NYU. If an exam is marked (FLATS), it is only available through FLATS. If an exam does not have a designation, it is available through both NYU and FLATS.

Afrikaans
(NYU)

Albanian

Arabic

Armenian

Bengali
(NYU)

Bosnian
(NYU)

Bulgarian

Cambodian
(FLATS)

Cantonese, simplified
(FLATS)

Cantonese, traditional

Catalan
(NYU)

Cebuano
(FLATS)

Croatian

Czech

Danish

Dutch

Estonian
(FLATS)

 Fijian
(FLATS)

Finnish

French

Georgian
(FLATS)

German

Greek, Modern
(NYU)

Greek
(FLATS)

Gujarati
(NYU)

Haitian - Creole

*Hebrew
(NYU)

Hindi
(NYU)

Hmong
(FLATS)

Hungarian

Ibo
(NYU)

Icelandic

Ilonggo Hilgaynon
(FLATS)

Indonesian

Irish
(NYU)

Italian

Japanese

Korean

Latin
(NYU)

Latvian
(FLATS)

Lithuanian

Malagasy
(FLATS)

Malay

Mandarin, Simplified
(FLATS)

Mandarin, Traditional

Mongolian
(FLATS)

 

 

Norwegian

Persian
(NYU)

Persian-Farsi
(FLATS)

Polish

Portuguese, Brazilian

Portuguese, Continental
(FLATS)

Punjabi
(NYU)

Romanian

Russian

Samoan
(FLATS)

Serbian

*Spanish

 

 

Swahili
(NYU)

Swedish

Tagalog

Tahitian
(FLATS)

Thai

Tongan
(FLATS)

Turkish
(NYU)

Ukrainian

Urdu
(NYU)

Vietnamese

**Yiddish
(NYU)

Yoruba
(NYU)

 

 

 

*Spanish and Hebrew NYU exams are live proctored online.  These exams are not administered or proctored at the USM testing center.  Students should plan to take these exams at home.
** Students taking the Yiddish exam are expected to write according to the Standard Yiddish Orthography. 

 

Registering for NYU Language Exams at USM

Most NYU exams are given in pencil and paper format and require a minimum of two weeks notice for scheduling. Both the Spanish and Hebrew NYU Language exams are online and are proctored live online. These exams are not administered or proctored at the USM testing center.  Students should plan to take these exams at home. Results will be mailed to the student up to 8 weeks after an exam is taken. USM (or the designated institution) will usually receive a copy of the letter. The results of the language exams are valid for a period of five years from the date of the exam.

In order to register for an NYU exam, you’ll need to:

  • Inform Prior Learning Assessment staff of your intention to take the exam by calling 207-780-4663 or emailing priorlearningusm@maine.edu
  • Follow the instructions for "Requesting an Off-Site Exam" at the NYU School of Professional Studies webpage. NYU mails the exam back to USM after having received a completed application packet. 
  • Complete the USM registration form. This form is emailed directly to our Testing Associate, Vicki Meserve (vicki.meserve@maine.edu).   She can provide you with a written letter on USM letterhead agreeing to serve as a proctor (this is a required part of the application packet NYU requires).  She will also contact you to set up the exam once NYU has mailed it to USM. 
  • Pay the $30 administration charge at USM at the time of exam administration

 

When you come in for your exam at USM, you must:

  • Bring $30 for the test administration fee if you have not already paid it (we can accept check, cash, or credit card).

  • Have your valid and current driver’s license, passport or other government-issued identification that includes your photograph and signature. You will be asked to show this identification to be admitted to the testing area.

 

Posting Language Exam Credit

The USM PLA office will evaluate and post credits based on the number of points you earned on your exam. You can expect that your credits will be posted to your transcript within 24 hours (or the next available business day) from the receipt of the official score report from NYU. If you are not a USM student, your Official Score Transcript will be sent to the school you designated during the registration process.

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