List of language proficiency tests

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This is a non-exhaustive (growing) list of standardized tests that assess someone's language proficiency of a foreign/secondary language. Various types of such exams exist per many languages—some are organized at an international level even through national authoritarian organizations, while others simply for specific limited business or study orientation.

Afrikaans[edit]

Akan-Twi[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Albanian[edit]

Amharic[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Armenian[edit]

Arabic[edit]

Aymara[edit]

Azerbaijani (Azeri)[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Baluchi[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Bengali (Bangladeshi)[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Bosnian[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Bulgarian[edit]

Cakchiquel (Kaqchikel)[edit]

Cambodian (Khmer)[edit]

Catalan[edit]

Cebuano[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Chinese (Cantonese)[edit]

Chinese (Hokkien)[edit]

  • MSC - Minnanhua Shuiping Ceshi (Chinese: 閩南話水平測試; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Bân-lâm-ōe Chúi-pêng Chhek-chhì; literally: "Hokkien Level Test"). This is the first, and the only one for now, official standardized test of a variety of Chinese other than Mandarin in mainland China. It is a speaking test with four parts: reading out words, sentences, a passage and speaking on a topic. There is no preferred dialect of Hokkien for the test; any dialect may be used as long as the pronunciation is proper in that dialect. The first test was held in Xiamen on 19 November 2016 to select future examiners, and so it was only for people in the education, broadcasting and cultural sectors who have received prior trainings. The test is expected to be open to the public in 2017.[8][9][10]

Chinese (Mandarin)[edit]

  • STAMP 4S Chinese (Standards-Based Measurement of Proficiency-4 skills) [1]
  • STAMP 4Se Chinese (Standards-Based Measurement of Proficiency-4 skills, targeted for elementary learners) [1]
  • HSK - Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi. Official test of Mandarin in mainland China, consisting of reading, writing, listening and comprehension
  • TOCFL - Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language. Test used in Taiwan for Mandarin as a foreign language.
  • IGCSE : Chinese (Mandarin) - Foreign Language
  • University of Central Florida offers its own "Foreign Language Proficiency Exam (FLPE)" in this language, which takes 2.5 hours to sit.
  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®
  • Certificados en Lenguas Extranjeras (CLE). Certificate of proficiency in six foreign languages, Mandarin Chinese being one of them, issued by the Ministry of Education, City of Buenos Aires (Argentina). Tests the four skills. Targeted at primary and secondary-level students in the City of BA, for whom it is free of charge. See http://www.buenosaires.gob.ar/educacion/idiomas/certificados-en-lenguas-extranjeras

Czech[edit]

Danish[edit]

Dari[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Dutch[edit]

English[edit]

Estonian[edit]

Fijian[edit]

Finnish[edit]

French[edit]

Ga[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Galician[edit]

Georgian[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

German[edit]

Telc C1 Hochschule and DSH are equal in value. With Both certificates you can get direct admission in any German University.

Greek[edit]

Gujarati[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Haitian Creole[edit]

Hausa[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Hebrew[edit]

  • The Hebrew Proficiency Test (YAEL) takes place in Israel and is taken by students who seek to prove a sufficient knowledge of Hebrew for the sake of university admissions.
  • STAMP 4S Hebrew (Standards-Based Measurement of Proficiency-4 skills) [1]
  • STAMP 4Se Hebrew (Standards-Based Measurement of Proficiency-4 skills, targeted for elementary learners) [1]
  • ECL - European Consortium for the Certificate of Attainment in Modern Languages. (Seems to have been discontinued as of June 2017, since no test dates are available on the official website.)
  • Georgetown University offers proficiency testing in this language for its own students.
  • University of Central Florida offers its own "Foreign Language Proficiency Exam (FLPE)" in this language, which takes 2.5 hours to sit.

Hiligaynon[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Hindi[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Hmong-Mong[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Hungarian[edit]

  • ECL - European Consortium for the Certificate of Attainment in Modern Languages

[19] The certificate examinations are staged on four levels of language proficiency according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:

  • A2 – beginner;
  • B1 – basic;
  • B2 – intermediate;
  • C1 – advanced.

Icelandic[edit]

Igbo[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Ilocano[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia)[edit]

Irish[edit]

Italian[edit]

  • STAMP Italian (Standards-Based Measurement of Proficiency) [1]

According to the Ministero degli Esteri (Italian Foreign Affairs), there are four officials Italian certifications approved CLIQ (Certificato di Lingua Italiana di Qualità): CILS, CELI, PLIDA and .IT ROMA TRE

  • CILS (Qualification) - Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera
  • CELI - Certificato di Conoscenza della Lingua Italiana
  • PLIDA - Certificazione Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri
  • .IT ROMA TRE - Certificazione dell'ITaliano come lingua straniera
  • TELC - The European Language Certificates
  • University of Central Florida offers its own "Foreign Language Proficiency Exam (FLPE)" in this language, which takes 2.5 hours to sit.
  • AIL (Qualification) - Accademia Italiana di Lingua, Diploma Elementare di Lingua Italiana DELI A1 A2, Diploma Intermedio di Lingua Italiana DILI B1 B2, Diploma Avanzato di Lingua Italiana DALI C1, C2, Diploma Commerciale di Lingua Italiana DILC B1 DALC C1
  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®
  • Certificados en Lenguas Extranjeras (CLE). Certificate of proficiency in six foreign languages, Italian being one of them, issued by the Ministry of Education, City of Buenos Aires (Argentina). Tests the four skills. Targeted at primary and secondary-level students in the City of BA, for whom it is free of charge. See http://www.buenosaires.gob.ar/educacion/idiomas/certificados-en-lenguas-extranjeras

Japanese[edit]

  • JLPT - Japanese Language Proficiency Test
  • NAT-TEST - The Japanese Language NAT-TEST
  • BJT - Business Japanese Proficiency Test (ビジネス日本語能力テスト)
  • EJU - Examination for Japanese University Admission (日本留学試験)
  • Kanji kentei - Japanese Kanji Aptitude Test (日本漢字能力検定試験)
  • J-Test
  • STAMP 4S Japanese (Standards-Based Measurement of Proficiency-4 skills) [1]
  • STAMP 4Se Japanese (Standards-Based Measurement of Proficiency-4 skills, targeted for elementary learners) [1]
  • University of Central Florida offers its own "Foreign Language Proficiency Exam (FLPE)" in this language, which takes 2.5 hours to sit.
  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Javanese[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Kashimiri[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Kazakh[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Kikongo-Kongo[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Korean[edit]

Krio[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Kurdish[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Lao (Laotian)[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Latin[edit]

Latvian[edit]

Lithuanian[edit]

Luxemburgish[edit]

  • LaF - Diplom Lëtzebuergesch als Friemsprooch[26]

Malay (Bahasa Melayu)[edit]

Malayalam[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Maori (NZ)[edit]

Mongolian[edit]

Myanmar (Burmese)[edit]

  • MLT: Test levels include MB, M1, M2, M3, M4, M5.
  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Navajo[edit]

Nepali[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Norwegian[edit]

  • Norsk Språktest - Folkeuniversitetet:[27]
  • Norskprøve 2 for voksne innvandrere - Level A2;
  • Norskprøve 3 for voksne innvandrere - Level B1;
  • Test i norsk - høyere nivå - Advanced Level (Bergenstesten).

Persian[edit]

Polish[edit]

  • B1 – basic;
  • B2 – general intermediate;
  • C2 – advanced.

Portuguese[edit]

Brazilian Portuguese[edit]

European Portuguese[edit]

  • TELC - The European Language Certificates (Portuguese Level B1 only)
  • CAPLE - Centre for Evaluation of Portuguese Language (Centro de Avaliação de Português Língua Estrangeira)[30]
  • ACESSO - Certificado acesso ao português (Level A1)
  • CIPLE - Certificado inicial de português língua estrangeira (Level A2)
  • DEPLE - Diploma elementar de português língua estrangeira (Level B1)
  • DIPLE - Diploma intermédio de português língua estrangeira (Level B2)
  • DAPLE - Diploma avançado de português língua estrangeira (Level C1)
  • DUPLE - Diploma universitário de português língua estrangeira (Level C2)

Rarotongan[edit]

Romanian[edit]

Russian[edit]

Samoan[edit]

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Sinhalese[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Slovak[edit]

  • Certificate of Slovak language proficiency. Levels: A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.[31]
  • ECL - European Consortium for the Certificate of Attainment in Modern Languages

Somali[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Spanish[edit]

  • STAMP 4S Spanish (Standards-Based Measurement of Proficiency-4 skills) [1]
  • STAMP 4Se Spanish (Standards-Based Measurement of Proficiency-4 skills, targeted for elementary learners) [1]
  • CELU - Certificado de Español: Lengua y Uso, Certificate of Spanish: Language and use.
  • Certificado de las Escuelas Oficiales de Idiomas, Spain - Diploma de español, level "Básico" - A2, "Intermedio" - B1, "Avanzado" - B2, C1
  • DELE - Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera. Levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.
  • TELC - The European Language Certificates
  • OPIc - ACTFL/LTI computerized test of Spanish language proficiency[32]
  • CELA - Certificado de Español como Lengua Adicional del Centro de Enseñanza para Extranjeros (CEPE) de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). 3 Levels: Independent Level (B1), Advanced Level (B2) and Proficiency Level (C2)
  • ECL - Consorcio Europeo para el Certificado en Lenguas Modernas
  • University of Central Florida offers its own "Foreign Language Proficiency Exam (FLPE)" in this language, which takes 2.5 hours to sit.

Swahili (Kiswahili)[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Swedish[edit]

Tagalog (Filipino)[edit]

Taiwanese[edit]

  • General Taiwanese Proficiency Test (GTPT) is a standardized proficiency test for speakers of Taiwanese designed by the Center for Taiwanese Languages Testing at National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan. In addition to GTPT, there is another International Taiwanese Proficiency Test (ITPT) for speakers of Taiwanese as a second language.[34]

Tajik[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Tamil[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Telugu[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Thai[edit]

Tigrinya[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Tongan[edit]

Turkish[edit]

  • Turkish Proficiency Exam - Türkçe Yeterlik Sınavı (TYS)[35][36]
  • UTS - Distance Turkish Test (Uzaktan Türkçe Sınavı)[37][38]
  • TELC - The European Language Certificates

Turkmen[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Uighur[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Ukrainian[edit]

Urdu[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Uzbek[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Vietnamese[edit]

  • VINATEST - Kì thi đánh giá năng lực Tiếng Việt (Hanoi University)[39]
  • NLTV - Kì thi năng lực Tiếng Việt (VNS)[40]
  • IVPT - Kỳ Thi Năng Lực Tiếng Việt Quốc Tế (International Vietnamese Proficiency Test) was designed by Center for Vietnamese Studies at National Cheng Kung University (Taiwan) for the speakers of Vietnamese as second language in Taiwan.[41]
  • University of Central Florida offers its own "Foreign Language Proficiency Exam (FLPE)" in this language, which takes 2.5 hours to sit.

Welsh[edit]

Wolof[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Wu[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Yoruba[edit]

  • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)®

Brazilian Sign Language[edit]

  • ProLibras - Brazilian Sign Language Certificate [42]

British Sign Language[edit]

  • Signature - British Sign Language Certificate Levels 1-6 [43]
  • iBSL - British Sign Language Certificate Levels 1-6 [44]
  • Scottish Qualifications Authority - British Sign Language Certificate Levels 1-6, along with other related qualifications.[45]

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