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I am/will be an ARHU major

ARHU students are responsible for satisfying the ARHU Global Engagement Requirement which requires the study of a foreign language. If you are a native speaker of a language not listed below, please visit American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Arabic Chinese French
German Hebrew Italian
Japanese Korean Persian
Portuguese Russian Spanish
  • If you would like to pursue Greek or Latin, click on the language to contact the department for its language assessment.
  • If your language is not listed, it is not offered at UMD and you will need to choose a language offered at UMD and take the FLPA for that language.

Should I take the FLPA online or in a proctored setting?

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a)  Should I take the FLPA online?

You should take the FLPA online if, and only if, you have:

2 years or fewer of high school language experience
or
transfer college level foreign language that does not meet UMD prerequisites

and

must take a course to satisfy the ARHU Global Engagement Requirement

Students who meet and exceed experience levels listed should refer to information for the proctored assessment.

To take the FLPA online, log on to the FLPA to take the language assessment. You will need an active Directory ID to log in.  You will have 90 minutes to complete the assessment, and will be able to see the results immediately upon submission. If you are directed to contact an advisor, you should contact an advisor in the appropriate language unit. If you have any technical issues with assessment contact arhu-webhelp@umd.edu

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b)  Should I take the FLPA in a proctored setting?

You should take the FLPA in a proctored setting if you must satisfy the ARHU Global Engagement Requirement and

have 3 or more years of high school experience in a single foreign language
or
are a native speaker of a foreign language

and

are seeking exemption from the ARHU Global Engagement Requirement.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Students will need to bring their own laptops with them in order to complete the proctored FLPA in Jimenez Hall room 1205. A small number of laptops may be available for check out from the lab if you do not have one.

Check-in for the exam will start promptly at the designated time. If students are late, they will need to register for another exam.

Full schedule for the proctored FLPA

Register

 

You must register in advance and arrive promptly at the scheduled start time.  You will need an active Directory ID to log in.  You will have 60 minutes to complete the assessment, and will be able to see the results immediately upon submission. If you are directed to contact an advisor, you should contact an advisor in the College of Arts & Humanties. Exemption from the ARHU Global Engagement Requirement requires course placement one level above the minimally required course. The minimally required course is in bold and underlined on the ARHU Global Engagement Requirement sheet.

Full schedule for the proctored FLPA

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c)  What should I do if I have completed previous language coursework, already completed the ARHU Global Engagement Requirement or if I am pursuing a Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music Education? 

If you have completed the UMD prerequisite for the language course(s) you plan to take (via college-level/AP/IB credit), you do not need to take the exam. Your prerequisite credit can serve as placement into subsequent language courses.


If you have completed the ARHU Global Engagement Requirement you will not need to take additional language courses and do not need to take the assessment unless you decide to pursue coursework in a new language.

If you are pursuing a Bachelor of Music (BM) or Bachelor of Music Education (BME) degree, you do not need to satisfy the ARHU Global Engagement Requirement and do not need to take an assessment.  Students who are pursuing a Bachelor of Arts program within the College of Arts & Humanities in addition to their BM or BME must still satisfy the ARHU Global Engagement Requirement and should refer to all information on the FLPA before deciding whether to take the assessment online or in a proctored setting.

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