Are you a bilingual undergraduate student? If so, we encourage you to take the Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP) Test. You can earn recognition for your language skills with academic credit and a career-enhancing certification.

When you take the STAMP Test, you can:

  • Earn up to 12 credit hours by demonstrating fluency in a language other than English
  • Receive a special certificate and notation on your transcripts
  • Free up your schedule to take other electives or earn a minor with a few additional language courses

Please note: The STAMP Test is not the same as NIU's foreign language placement exam.


  • You must be a current undergraduate NIU student (graduate students are not eligible).
  • You must be fluent in the selected foreign language.

Details and Registration

The STAMP Test is rigorous. It assesses all four aspects of language proficiency: reading, writing, speaking and listening. The writing section is equivalent to writing a short college-level essay. We recommend that you take a sample test before registering.

Please note the following:

  • The test is administered at NIU Testing Services.
  • The cost is $60.
  • It typically takes one to two hours to complete.
  • The instructions are in English.
  • The exam may only be taken one time.

Register for the STAMP test online.


Within about two weeks of taking the test, you'll receive your results in an email from the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

If you pass the test, you'll receive a certificate of bilingualism and up to 12 credit hours, which are awarded at the end of a successfully completed semester.

In the fall 2014 semester, approximately 50 students took the test as part of a pilot program. About half of them scored at a level sufficient to qualify for 12 credit hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Us

Testing Services
Campus Life Building 120
Phone: 815-753-1203


8 a.m.-noon
1-4:30 p.m.

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