Graduate Foreign Language Reading Examination

Foreign Languages Offered

  • French, German, & Spanish – offered Fall, Spring, & Summer semesters
  • Italian, Latin, Russian, & Portuguese – offered Fall & Spring semesters only

Exam Dates & Times

Langdale Hall room 804 during the following days & times:

  • 1st Friday of September for the fall semester from 2 to 4pm
  • 1st Friday of February for the spring semester from 2 to 4pm
  • 2nd Friday of June for the summer semester from 12 to 2pm


  • Each student will translate a reading passage from the target language into English.
  • Students must supply their own blue/green books and may use a dictionary and a grammar book.
  • The grade assigned will be either Pass or Fail.
  • The examinations are graded on the basis of accuracy of translation. The student must demonstrate a clear understanding of the text in his/her translation. The final product does not have to be recopied, provided it is legible.
  • The examination will be graded by faculty members in the Department of World Languages & Cultures within approximately 10 to 15 business days of the test date.
  • The results of the examination will be sent to the student’s Graduate Director/Advisor via email. Students should not contact the Department of World Languages & Cultures for exam results. 

Register for the Exam

Take the Graduate Foreign Language Reading Exam

Samples of past exams

French – German – Italian – Latin – Portuguese -Russian – Spanish