Modern Languages and Cultural Studies

Graduate Language Proficiency Exam

Graduate Language Proficiency Examination for courses taught by MLCS

Graduate Students are reminded that in accordance with regulations outlined in the Calendar of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, section 203.7, they may have to meet a language requirement.

This requirement may be met in one of the following ways:

  • A student may have taken and obtained a grade of C+ or better in any 212 level language or the equivalent, other than English. The course(s) must not have been taken more than three years prior to admission as a provisional PhD or MA candidate.
  • Students may take the appropriate undergraduate course(s) but with a graduate course number and must receive a minimum grade of C+. Please contact our Undergraduate Advisor, to request an upgrade to a graduate course number. The student will continue to attend the undergraduate course section and complete all course requirements. The grade received will show as CR or NC.

Language Proficiency Examination

For the Graduate Language Proficiency Examination, students will demonstrate their ability to comprehend written material in the target language at the Intermediate level. Students will be provided with a written passage (approximately 1200-1500 words in length) and a series of reading comprehension questions. With the help of a dictionary, the student must read the text and provide written answers in English. The time allowed for the examination is two hours. If the student does not pass the GLPE, he or she may attempt writing it a second time. 
 

Upon completion of the examination, notification will be sent to the Graduate Contact of the student’s Department. Students who are not successful in the examination may present themselves at any subsequent date listed below or consider taking one of our language courses.



Students who speak another language fluently should contact their own Department about waiving the requirement.



STUDENTS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT, IF THEY DO NOT SATISFACTORILY COMPLETE THE LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY EXAMINATION WELL IN ADVANCE OF THEIR CANDIDACY EXAMINATION, THEY RUN THE RISK OF HAVING INSUFFICIENT TIME TO MEET THE LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT.

Language Proficiency Examination Dates and Deadlines

The Proficiency Examinations are held twice a year during the month of March and November.

Please email mlcs@ualberta.ca to make an appointment to write the exam. You must register at least one week in advance.

Next scheduled sessions:

Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Session #1

  Session #2

 Time: 9:30

 

 Time: 13:30

 Room: 200

   Room: 200



Location: Arts and Convocation Hall Building (A)

Registration deadline: November 16, 2016

 

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Time: 09:30 or 13:30

Registration deadline: March 15, 2017