Reading Proficiency Exam

The Department of French and Italian will offer an examination of reading competency in French and Italian to graduate students from other departments. The examination can be taken on Monday, November 9th, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. EST until 11:59 p.m. EST.

Please begin the test by 10:30 pm EST on November 9th, 2020, to be able to complete it on time.  (The exam will be accessible through Canvas.)

Please Note:   The Reading Proficiency exam is only offered once a year.

Format of the Proficiency Examinations 

  1. Translation of a short passage (35 lines) of scholarly prose in the humanities or social sciences.
  2. Two questions in English on this passage (French exam only)
  3. Use of Bilingual dictionary is permitted (paper version only)
  4. No use of grammar books or course books permitted
  5. Duration: 90 minutes


Please contact Leslie Savadge at (  Please provide your name, department, e-mail address and exam preference.
INQUIRIES: For questions about the French Reading Proficiency Exam please contact Murielle Perrier
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PLEASE NOTE: In the summer, the Graduate School offers a course in French at the graduate level which is taught by members of this department, but administered through the Graduate School.   Successful completion of this course entitles a student to a reading proficiency certification.