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Foreign Language Exemption Examination (FLEX)

The Foreign Language Exemption Examination evaluates a student's grammar and comprehension as well as reading and writing proficiency in Spanish, French, Russian, or Italian. By passing the examination a student will be exempt from the Foreign Language Requirement of Conolly College but will NOT receive course credit. The examination will consist of basic grammar and vocabulary questions and comprehension passages as well as short compositions in the language being evaluated. Exemption from any language core courses is entirely at the discretion of the Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

What is the purpose of the examination?

The Examination is designed to measure students’ skills in Foreign Languages to determine if students are exempt from Foreign Language classes. We administer examinations in French, Italian, Russian, and Spanish.

Who qualifies to take the examination?

Any student who speaks any of the above languages at home or has studied any of the languages for at least two years qualifies.

How long is the examination and when is it administered?

All students are permitted one hour for this examination. It is usually administered every Friday by appointment only. Please call the Testing Office to inquire 718-488-1392.

What should I bring to the examination?

Students should bring their LIU student ID number, a pen, pencil, and photo identification such as a school ID or a driver’s license.

Where and when can I get the results of my exam?

From the Foreign Language Department on the 4th Floor of the Humanities Building one week after the test date.

What is included in the examination?

For all examinations you must exhibit a moderate to advanced ability to read, write and understand the language.

The FLEX exam is free of charge.

French:

  • Translation from both English to French and French to English
  • Sentence Completion and Formulation
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Verb Forms

Italian:

  • Translation from both English to Italian and Italian to English
  • Sentence Completion and Formulation
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Verb Forms

Russian:

  • Translation from both English to Russian and Russian to English
  • Sentence Completion and Formulation
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Verb Forms

Spanish:

  • Translation from both English to Spanish and Spanish to English
  • Sentence Completion and Formulation
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Verb Forms