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Campus-Based Language Test

Campus-Based Language Test Information 

NEXT UC MERCED PROCTORED EXAM WILL BE OFFERED: 

Spring Semester 2023

February 10th, 2 pm - 4:30 pm

Must be registered for exam by February 3rd (location will be emailed to you upon registration)

The Campus-Based Language Test is offered once in the Fall & Spring semesters, 4-6 weeks into the semester. 

If you have not already fulfilled the General Education language requirement through high school course work, AP or IB exams, or UC Merced coursework, you have the option to take the following exam in one of the following languages listed here

The cost for the exam is $50 if you would like to take the UC Merced proctored exam, which is currently offered once a semester, or $70 if you take the BYU exam with the Proctor360 option (see below for more information). 

Passing the Campus-Based Language Test results in waiver of the GE language requirement; however course credit is not awarded.

 

Language Test Information

Do you speak a language other than English proficiently?

Based upon your proficiency in another language, would you like to test out of the UC Merced General Education language requirement? UC Merced is offering Language Proficiency Testing of select languages that are not offered on this campus (through coursework) as an option to fulfill the language requirement for graduation. The online test, taken at home or at UC Merced, was created by Brigham Young University and is used by universities across the United States as a convenient option for students who wish to bypass the language requirement

Who can take the test?

If you are a UC Merced undergraduate currently enrolled who has not already fulfilled the General Education language requirement through high school course work, AP or IB exams, or UC Merced coursework, you have the option to take the exam in one of the following languages listed here. If you plan to take the test instead of classes, we encourage you to do so before your junior year so if you do not pass you still have time to complete college coursework, as needed. However, you can take this test anytime. 

What language can I take the test in?

Tests are offered in the languages found here

When and where can I take the test?

There are two testing options. Option 1 is online at your convenience, proctored by staff at Proctor360. Option 2 is in person at UC Merced, offered once per semester, approximately 4-6 weeks into each semester. The Spring 2023 in-person language proficiency exam will be offered on Friday, February 10th, at 2:00pm. The location of the testing room on campus will be provided upon registration. Students must register at a minimum of 3 days in advance to take this test. Limited seating is available.

How long does it take?

Students have up to 2.5 hours to take the test. Most finish the exam in under two hours. Once you begin the test, you may not leave, nor refer to any devices or support materials. Computers will be provided to students to use for the UC Merced proctored exam. 

What is the test like?

The language test consists of 3 sections: listening, reading, and grammar. The test is all multiple choice, so all the answers are on the test; you don’t have to come up with anything. You will not have to speak or write an essay. To prepare, you can study a beginning and intermediate college textbook. You can also go to YouTube to practice listening to your language. The recording on the test goes quickly, and you are not allowed to stop or rewind; therefore, be well-rested, and listen carefully when you are doing the listening section at the beginning. 

Is it free?

No, the test is not free. Option 1, taking the test at your convenience with an online proctor, costs $70. Option 2, taking the test in person at UC Merced with a UCM proctor, costs $50. Both are significantly less than the cost of one year of a foreign language. The campus test administration is offered once per semester.

How do I sign up and pay for the online (off-campus) option?

1) First go to https://flats.byu.edu/signupall.php to register for a test, when prompted please use your UC Merced student ID number. Select University of California, Merced as your current FLATS Registration Page institution. Under “Proctor Information,” select the blue “Autofill Proctor360 as My Proctor.” It should look something like this after you click the Autofill link: 

Screen shot of the Proctor360 Information fields filled

Under the “Sending Results to Your School” section, provide the following information so that the forms looks like this:

(*NOTE please copy the information exactly as you see it below, to ensure test results are sent to the proper location)

Screen Shot of the sending results to your school section with the fields filled out

When you get to the payment page, the cost will be $50. After receiving your payment receipt, wait at least 48 hours before going to Step 2 below.  

2) 48 hours after registration, please go to proctor360.com/flats to sign up for a time for the exam. You will need to schedule your exam time at least 48 hours beforehand. When you register for a time slot, it will charge you an additional $20 at that time. Please note that if you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, you will need to do that at least 24 hours beforehand or you will forfeit your $20 proctoring fee with Proctor360. Be aware that canceling with Proctor360 is not the same as cancelling with FLATS, so please reach out to both parties if you no longer wish to take the exam.

3) After you sign up for an exam with Proctor360, you will receive an email with directions and links for preparing your testing area and setting up your equipment before the test. You must have a webcam and mic to use the online testing option, and you will have to clear the test area of all papers and books. Read the Proctor360 Rules & Regulations carefully. 

Follow the email for pre-test set up instructions.

Login at your exact start time. Plan on about 10 minutes of additional set up time before taking the exam.

How do I sign up and pay for the on-campus option?

 1) First go to https://flats.byu.edu/signupall.php to register for a test, when prompted please use your UC Merced student ID number. Select University of California, Merced as your current institution. Under “Proctor Information,” type the following information: 

NAME: Belinda Braunstein

DEPARTMENT: CETL, Undergraduate Education

INSTITUTION: University of California, Merced

ADDRESS: 5200 N. Lake Road, 

CITY, STATE, ZIP CODE: Merced, CA 95343

PHONE: 209-228-4762

EMAIL: bbraunstein@ucmerced.edu

 

Under the “Sending Results to Your School” section, provide the following information that should look like this:

(*NOTE please copy the information exactly as you see it below, to ensure test results are sent to the proper location)

Screen Shot of the sending results to your school section with the fields filled out

When you get to the payment page, the cost will be $50. After receiving your payment receipt, wait at least 48 hours before going to Step 2 below. 

2) After waiting 48 hours you should receive an email from the proctor with the date, time, and location of the proctored exam on campus. If you do not receive this email, please email ge@ucmerced.edu.  

When do I get the results?

You will receive an email with your unofficial scores shortly after completing the test. Your score will be divided into “101/102,” which is the beginning section, and “201,” which is the intermediate section. Then it will say “pass” or “fail” depending on whether you passed or failed each section. You must pass 101/102 to have the language requirement waived at UC Merced. Your official score report will be sent to you and General Education by regular U.S. mail. The time it takes to receive your scores is usually less than seven business days. Once General Education recieves a copy of your scores it will be entered on MyDegreeAudit within 7-10 business days. 

When should I take this test?

If you plan to take the test in lieu of language classes, we recommend that you take it sooner rather than later. You might want to consider taking it before your junior year so if you do not pass you still have time to schedule courses to meet the requirement before graduation. You can take it any year though. The earlier in your college career you take the test, the better. 

If I do not pass, can I take the test again?

Test takers must wait 6 months before attempting the language test a second time.

What should I do if I need Student Accesability Services? 

Please register as far in advance as possible before the test and contact ge@ucmerced.edu

Accommodations: University of California, Merced is committed to creating learning environments that are accessible to all.  If you anticipate or experience academic barriers based on a disability, specifically in regards to exams, please contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) at access@ucmerced.edu as soon as possible to explore reasonable accommodations.  When you reach out, please make sure to indicate the need for accommodations on the Language test. All accommodations must have prior approval from Student Accessibility Services on the basis of appropriate documentation.

Who may I contact if I have questions that are not answered on the BYU website?

For additional questions and answers start here

If you don’t find your answer there, please email ge@ucmerced.edu