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Reading Proficiency Examination

Reading proficiency examinations in Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan are offered twice every fall and spring semester to graduate students from and outside the department (see SIPA exception below) who need to show reading and research proficiency in a language as part of their program requirements.

The two-hour exam is based on the translation into English of a scholarly text approximately two pages in length. Please bring your own paper copy of a dictionary, which you can use throughout the exam. Electronic devices (smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc.) cannot be used during the exam. The student’s home department will be notified of the outcome soon after the test is administered.

Fall 2020 exams will be administered online on the following dates:

Friday, October 2, 2020: 1 to 3 pm Eastern Daylight Time

Friday, November 6, 2020: 1 to 3 pm Eastern Standard Time

For the October 2nd exam, the deadline to register is Monday, September 28th.

For the November 6th exam, the deadline to register is Friday, October 30th.

Please register for either exam by completing this registration form.

SIPA graduate students must take the SIPA proficiency exam, not our departmental exam, and should consult their home department for more information.

Rapid Reading and Translation (SPAN W1113 or PORT W1113): This course is usually offered in the spring semester. Students who complete the class with an A or A- will be exempted from the reading proficiency exam. The student’s home department will be notified of the outcome at the end of the semester.

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