Language Exams

Graduate students must pass a departmental examination to demonstrate their reading knowledge of a language other than English in which there is significant historical literature (for instance, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish).

In addition, all incoming international graduate students are required to take the English language proficiency test unless they are coming from a country in which English is the official/primary language (i.e., Australia, Canada, Great Britain, or New Zealand).

The examination consists of translating a passage into English with the use of a dictionary in two hours. Exams will be administered at the beginning of the fall semester. Opportunities will be offered to retake the exam for those who do not pass the first time. The Office of Graduate Studies and Research requires certification [pdf] when this requirement is fulfilled.

Samples of past language exams: