STAMP Testing - NIU - Testing Services

STAMP Testing

STAMP (STAndards-based Measurement of Proficiency) Test

Are you bilingual? If so, NIU wants to recognize your language skills with academic credit and career-enhancing certification.

Undergraduate students can:

  • Earn up to 12 credits 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

The STAMP test is not NIU’s Foreign Language placement exam. Get more information about placement exams.


  • You must be a current undergraduate NIU student
  • You may only take one STAMP exam in one language
  • Must be fluent in the foreign language exam you sign-up for
    • You must be able to speak, read and write in selected foreign language
  • The cost of the exam is $60
  • You may only take the STAMP exam one time


Registration is required in advance. Tests are conducted online, in our testing lab in Adams Hall, room 128 and typically take between one and two hours to complete. Instructions for this exam are in English.

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What to Expect

These tests are rigorous and assess all four aspects of language proficiency: reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Approximately 50 students participated in a pilot program during the 2014 fall semester; just under half scored at a sufficient level to qualify for 12 credits. Credits will be awarded at the end of a successfully completed semester

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the STAMP exam NIU’s Foreign Language Placement Exam? Answer.>

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I received foreign language AP credits in high school.  Am I still eligible for this program? Answer.>

How fluent do I need to be to pass one of these tests? Answer.>

I can speak another language, but I’m not sure how I would do with the writing part. Is there a lot of that on the test? Answer.>

I speak more than one foreign language, may I take the test in both languages? Answer.>

How much does it cost to take this test? Answer.>

Once I take the STAMP exam, how long does it take for me to find out if I passed the exam? Answer.>

How will I receive my test score results? Answer.>

If I pass the test, are the credits awarded immediately? Answer.>

How can I show potential employers that I passed the test and can be considered fluent in another language?Answer.>

If I take the test but don't pass, what are my options? Answer.>

Can I take this exam if I am a graduate student? Answer.>