Which Language Test Should I Take?

 

Test Name Purpose Who Takes the Test? Registration Required? When and Where Is the Test Given? Contact Test Content
Language Placement Test Determines student's class level, placing into class. All GW students in all schools (undergraduate and graduate) to find the correct language class. No Check individual language program guidelines.

Online self-administered
Check individual language program guidelines for details. Reading/grammar
Tool Exam Evaluates student's research skills CCAS MA/PhD Students/English, Anthropology, PSC, etc. Yes Twice a year (fall and spring semesters)
Need to register to take a proctored test
See Tool Exam guidelines. Reading
ESIA Diagnostic Exam Elliott school students, to measure current level Elliott School BA/MA Students Only No Elliott School website

Online self-administered
Elliott School dean's office/advising office Reading/listening
ESIA Proficiency Exam Elliott school students, to determine if students meet the language requirement Elliott School BA/MA Students Only Yes

Reading & Oral Tests, twice a year (Fall and Spring semester)

Need to register to take a proctored test

Elliott School dean's office/Advising office Reading/speaking
(OPI)
Waiver Exam/CCAS Major & Minor The Waiver Exam is used, in most cases, for waiving of program requirements for undergraduates with prior language background. All GW students (with a major or minor in Columbian College) who have prior formal study in high school or college (outside GW) Yes Need to register to take test. Contact the Language Center. Reading/speaking
Fulbright Language Examination Evaluating student's language skills, as required for applications. All GW students who are applying for Fulbright Fellowship grants Yes Mostly September and October; Language Center will coordinate place and evaluators
Need to register to take a proctored test
Complete the Language Center's Language Evaluation Request Form. Reading/speaking/
writing
FLAS Language Evaluation Evaluating student's language improvement during a GW course All GW students who received Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grants Yes Beginning of semester and end of semester with appointed instructor Complete the Language Center's Language Evaluation Request Form. Speaking
Other Language Evaluation for Grants/Fellowships Evaluating student's language skills for applications. All GW Students who are applying for any Fellowships / Grants that requires language evaluation Yes Language Center will coordinate

Need to register to take a proctored test 
Complete the Language Center's Language Evaluation Request Form. Reading/speaking/
writing
Arabic Exit Test Evaluating student's proficiency in Arabic in the final semester before graduation Students in the Arabic Studies major Yes Pre-registration is required and test is proctored online.

1). Should be approved by the Arabic program
2). Language Center officers first and second Fridays each month during the semesters.
3). Register from Language center website.

Contact the Arabic Program coordinator with questions.

Reading/writing/
listening (speaking is handled through the Arabic Program directly)
Arabic Equivalency Exam Evaluating course equivalency of required courses for students who completed courses outside GW Any student who wishes to transfer credits as equivalent to a GW Arabic course Yes Before the beginning of the semester in which the student begins/resumes Arabic studies at GW.

1). Should be approved by the Arabic program
2). Language Center officers first and second Fridays each month during the semesters.
3). Register from Language Center website.

Contact the Arabic Program coordinator with questions.

Reading/vocabulary/
grammar/writing

The Language Center does not issue any language certification.