Graduate School Foreign Language Exam (GSFLE)

What is the GSFLE?

Indiana University graduate students who must demonstrate reading proficiency in a foreign language to satisfy degree requirements may take the Graduate School Foreign Language Exam (GSFLE) in lieu of taking language coursework. IU Bloomington Evaluation Services and Testing (BEST), a Division of Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, administers the GSFLE in cooperation with IU foreign language departments.

The GSFLE is available in French, German, and Spanish. Since these are institutional exams NOT available at other universities, students should complete any necessary language testing while in residence on the Bloomington campus. The GSFLE cannot be administered on other campuses.

French             Total Number of Allowable Test Attempts:  3 *
German           Total Number of Allowable Test Attempts:  2 *
Spanish           Total Number of Allowable Test Attempts:  3 *

* There must be a minimum of 3 to 4 months between test attempts, including testing scheduled and taken through both individual and group appointments.  Retesting with less time in between test attempts is not allowed and may result in the cancellation of test scores.  If you are absent for the testing appointment for which you have registered, this does not count as a test attempt.

Testing in the same language is permitted only once per semester. Before registering a third time, students should consult the appropriate language department about alternative methods of fulfilling the reading proficiency requirement.

The GSFLE is a one hour, multiple choice exam. There are no listening sections.
The exam covers grammar and/or reading comprehension as follows:

French

  • 32 Grammar questions
  • 32 Reading comprehension questions
  • 64 Total questions

German

FORM A

  • 35 Reading comprehension questions
  • 35 Total questions

FORM B

  • 20 Reading comprehension questions
  • 20 Total questions

Spanish

  • 38 Grammar questions
  • 39 Reading comprehension questions
  • 77 Total questions

Test aids are not permitted for the French and Spanish tests. German examinees may use a German/English - English/German dictionary during the exam; however, dictionaries may not be shared among examinees.

Sample Tests

French
Spanish

Exam Dates

To see a list of currently scheduled Graduate School Foreign Language Exam dates, please click here

Students may register at the BEST Testing Center in Eigenmann Hall, Suite 324. Be prepared to provide your 10-digit University identification number and pay applicable test fees:

  • Standard Test Fee: $20.00
  • Mail Registration: $23.00
  • Special Administration: $50.00
  • Special Administration Mail Registration: $53.00

GSFLE Registration

Reserved registration is available either by (1) visiting BEST, Eigenmann Hall, Suite 324 or (2) completing and mailing the GSFLE Mail Registration FormTelephone/e-mail registration is no longer offered. There is a fee of $20.00 for in-person registration and $23.00 for mail registration. For Special Administrations (testing on dates which are not Group Test dates) this fee increases to $50.00 for in-person registration and $53.00 for mail registration. Payment by cash, check (made payable to Indiana University), or bursar billing to the student account is due at the time of registration. Credit/debit cards are not accepted. Examinees registering in person will complete a score report card, and both in-person and mail registrants will be provided an admission ticket which confirms their exam date, time, and location.

All examinees must be pre-registered at least ONE DAY PRIOR to the exam date. Since registration is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, interested students are strongly encouraged to register as early as possible. Walk-in registration on exam day and telephone registration are not available.

Cancellations / No-Shows

If a student does not appear for the GSFLE on the day and time for which he/she is registered, all exam fees previously paid are forfeited, and the registration will be canceled. No refunds will be given. Failure to appear does not count as an "attempt" toward passing the exam.

Taking the Exam

On exam day, examinees should bring their admission ticket along with photo identification and two sharpened No. 2 pencils. Anyone arriving without photo identification will not be tested. Examinees should report to the testing site at least ten minutes before the indicated start time of the test to complete the check-in procedures. Testing starts promptly at the time indicated on the admission ticket.

GSFLE Score Reports

Examinees should pick up their scores in person from the Graduate Secretary in the academic department of the respective foreign language. Scores are released to examinees and their academic departments as appropriate by the language department only. Due to federal disclosure laws, scores cannot be released over the phone. Please note that BEST does not report scores to students or to their academic departments.

Scores are reported as raw scores and are based on the number of questions answered correctly. There is no penalty for guessing.

Additional Information

General questions regarding the GSFLE registration process and exam administration should be addressed to BEST. Questions of a more specific nature regarding academic policies, proficiency requirements, and score reports should be addressed to the appropriate foreign language department listed below:

Language Department Location Phone
French French & Italian GISB GA 3169-S (812) 855-1088
German Germanic Studies GISB 3103
(812) 855-7947
Spanish Spanish & Portuguese GISB 2160
(812) 855-9194