Office for Prior Learning Assessment

PLA Language Examinations

***IMPORTANT UPDATE ON USM'S TESTING CENTER.  Due to public health concerns, the USM PLA office is scheduling exams for USM students by appointment only.   If you need to take an exam, please fill out the testing registration form and PLA staff will contact you for more information.*** 

Students taking PLA exams on the USM campus must follow all UMaine system policies regarding vaccinations, masking, and asymptomatic testing as detailed on the Together for Maine website

The Office for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) at USM offers exams in over seventy languages for credit.  However, not all of the following options are available in every language.  Please review the links carefully to determine which language exam(s) will be most appropriate for you. 

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. 

Please Note:  

  • Students can earn a maximum of 8 credits per level (100, 200, 300) by exam for each language.

  • PLA language exams do not grant Cultural Interpretation credit witihn the USM undergraduate core.  Students who have passed a PLA language exam and wish to earn CI credit can create a Cultural Interpretation Portfolio.  Students wishing to pursue this option must contact the Office for Prior Learning Assessment at 207-780-4663 or before developing their portfolio. 

USM's language exam credit options are as follows: 

CLEP (French, German, and Spanish only) 

BYU FLATS (Please check link for available languages)  

NYU (Please check link for available languages) 

ACTFL OPI (Please check link for available languages)

HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) Chinese Proficiency Test (USM is not a testing site for this exam)

American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) (USM is not a testing site for this exam)

If you have any questions about which exams would be most appropriate for you, please contact the Office for Prior Learning Assessment at 207-780-4663 or  We will be happy to discuss your options!