Language Test Registration
Students eligible for the IUHPFL and interested in applying, must first pass a foreign language test, the initial step in the application process. Language tests take place every October. Test registration will open in mid-August and the cost for the language test is $15 payable online by credit or debit card.
The language test assesses the potential participant's grammar, reading and listening comprehension skills. In addition, students will be asked to formulate an authentic writing sample on a given topic. The test will take roughly an hour and forty-five minutes to two hours to complete.
Chinese language students take a variation of the language test, assessing motivation and suitability through open-ended questions in English.
Student scores on the language test will determine whether or not they are invited to apply to the IUHPFL. Results of the language test will be communicated to the student, their guardian and the IUHPFL Coordinator at the student’s high school in early November. If the student passed the language test s/he will be invited to participate in the Program via e-mail.
Students who took last year’s language test and chose not to apply to the Program will need to repeat the language test. Likewise, students who were selected to participate in last year's Program but withdrew, are asked to repeat the language test.
Preparing for the Language Test
Every year, the IUHPFL fields questions about how to prepare for the language test. The IUHPFL language test serves to assess the current level of language capability. It is therefore recommended that students work as usual in their foreign language classrooms and not specifically prepare for the test. Students should get a good night's rest the day before the test and allow plenty of time to arrive at the test location. No other preparation is needed.
Test Dates and Locations
Every October, language tests are administered in several major cities in Indiana—typically on Indiana University campuses or high schools—on Saturdays in October. Make-up tests are offered on the following Mondays for those who absolutely cannot test on Saturday.
A list of test sites and dates for 2015 study abroad is available here:
|10.4.2014||7:50 am||Crown Point||Crown Point HS, 1500 S Main St., Crown Point|
|7:50 am||Evansville||William Henry Harrison HS, 211 Fielding Rd., Evansville|
|7:50 am||Indianapolis||IUPUI, Building TBA, Indianapolis|
|11:00 am||Indianapolis||IUPUI, Building TBA, Indianapolis|
|10.18.2014||8:30 am||Bloomington||Indiana University, Ballantine Hall, Bloomington|
|8:30 am||Fort Wayne||IUPFW, Liberal Arts Building, 2101 Coliseum Blvd E, Ft. Wayne|
|8:30 am||South Bend||
Penn HS, 56100 Bittersweet Rd., Mishawaka
All students are required to show a valid photo ID when they check in for the test, including a state-issued driver’s license, a state-issued ID card, a school ID or a passport.
Before registering for the language test, potential participants are encouraged to:
- Read the IUHPFL’s eligibility requirements to determine if a student and his/her school are eligible to participate in the Program
- Understand the IUHPFL’s Honor Code, a code of conduct that all IUHPFL participants are expected to follow
- Begin the process of applying for a passport since a passport number and passport copies will be required materials upon applying for the IUHPFL in December
All registrations and payments are administered online. Registration for the language test is $15 payable online by credit or debit card. Students who pass the language test receive an invitation to apply and may then proceed to the application.