Music First Year Language Exam (MFYLE)

The Music First Year Language Exam (MFYLE) is taken by various IU graduate-level Music Performance majors to demonstrate language proficiency. See the Jacobs School of Music language proficiency requirements for more information.

BEST offers the MFYLE exam in the following languages with the testing format indicated:

French Paper and pencil
German Computer-based
Italian Computer-based
Spanish Computer-based








The MYFLE can be taken in a group testing session or by individual appointment. Group testing sessions are offered the second Friday of every month and more frequently in connection with the beginning of each fall and spring semester. Specific test dates and times are shown in the calendar section of the BEST website. 

All MFYLEs are administered by appointment in Eigenmann Hall, Room 324 West. Please contact us to schedule your appointment no later than 48 hours in advance of your desired test date and time. Administration time for the exam is one hour. The non-refundable test fee for group testing is $20.00 per exam. Individual testing appointments are also available for students who cannot test at one of the scheduled group testing sessions. The non-refundable fee for taking the MFYLE individually by appointment is $50.00 per exam. Payment is made at the time of testing by cash (exact change only), check made payable to Indiana University, or billing to the examinee’s bursar account if currently enrolled. Examinees should also bring photograph identification such as a student ID, 10-digit university identification number, log in credentials for the IU computing system (if taking the German, Italian, and Spanish exams), and current photograph identification (i.e. driver’s license, passport, or IU student identification card). Examinees taking the French exam should also bring two #2 pencils.

All MFYLEs can only be taken one time, so it is important that you take the test seriously and do your best on it.  If you find that you are not ready to take the exam, and if you do not have any testing deadlines to meet for the Jacobs School of Music, you may always cancel your appointment with no penalty.  Sample tests are not available.

MFYLE scores are available only from the graduate secretary in the academic office of the language departments. IUB Evaluation Services and Testing (BEST) does not release test scores to examinees. Please note: Because of federal disclosure laws, exam scores cannot be given over the phone.

Graduate Language Offices

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