Are you bilingual? If so, NIU wants to recognize your language skills with academic credit and career-enhancing certification.
Undergraduate students can:
The STAMP test is not NIU’s Foreign Language placement exam. Get more information about placement exams.
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
Is the STAMP exam NIU’s Foreign Language Placement Exam? Answer.>
No, the STAMP exam is not NIU’s Foreign Language placement exam. Get more information about Foreign Language placement exams.
Where can I take one of these tests? Answer.>
The STAMP test is administered by Testing Services, Adams Hall, Room 128. You must register in advance for this exam.
I received foreign language AP credits in high school. Am I still eligible for this program? Answer.>
If you come to NIU with foreign language AP credits (not more than 12), you may take our STAMP test and potentially earn additional credits (up to 12). You will also receive a certificate of fluency and official notation on your academic transcripts.
How fluent do I need to be to pass one of these tests? Answer.>
The STAMP test considers a person to be fluent if they achieve a score at or higher than the “advanced low” level. In spite of its name, advanced low represents a very high level of fluency, sufficient to being able to conduct business in another language, including writing at the college level. Furthermore, the instructions are in English, requiring a high-degree of fluency in English in order to pass the test.
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.>
There are four aspects to language fluency: speaking, reading, writing and listening. All four competencies must be in place in order to pass a STAMP test. The writing section is equivalent to writing a short college-level essay.
I speak more than one foreign language, may I take the test in both languages? Answer.>
No, you may only receive up to 12 hours of credit, so you will need to decide which language you feel the most confident in being able to successfully pass the examination.
How much does it cost to take this test? Answer.>
The test is $60, you may only take the test once.
Once I take the STAMP exam, how long does it take for me to find out if I passed the exam? Answer.>
Test results are generally available within two weeks from the time of the test.
How will I receive my test score results? Answer.>
The department of Foreign Languages and Literatures will e-mail you your test results. If you have passed the exam, you will also receive a certificate of bilingualism.
If I pass the test, are the credits awarded immediately? Answer.>
Credits are awarded at the end of a successfully completed semester
How can I show potential employers that I passed the test and can be considered fluent in another language?Answer.>
When you pass a STAMP test, it is noted on your academic transcripts. You will also receive a certificate of fluency that can be included with a resume.
If I take the test but don't pass, what are my options? Answer.>
Because the examination tests bilingualism, there is no method to study or prepare for the test. Therefore, if you do not successfully pass the test, you are encouraged to take foreign language classes that will help improve your language ability.
Can I take this exam if I am a graduate student? Answer.>
This exam is only for undergraduate students. This exam is not for graduate students.