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Language Testing to Remain Remote Spring 2021

January 20, 2021

Like many university services, the Language Testing Program is still online. The program will continue to administer its suite of proficiency tests for certification and placement remotely through Spring 2021, using their internally developed protocols.

The advantage of remote testing is flexibility. Since physical spaces are not required, the program is able to offer more time options and longer breaks for students between tests. The disadvantage is that secure remote proctoring is significantly more labor intensive than in-person proctoring. In a computer classroom, one proctor can monitor up to 30 students simultaneously. In a virtual environment, one proctor typically monitors only one to three students.

Because of this complication, Language Proficiency Exams (LPEs) for fourth-semester language courses start earlier, and are spread over a longer period of time. Programs that incorporate tests into the curriculum will start administration earlier than usual to accommodate all students. Instructors and coordinators can email langtest@umn.edu to discuss the schedule.

Advisors and instructors can help by referring students to the Testing Updates, encouraging them to register for tests as soon as possible, and to submit questions via the Contact Testing form. Students who require disability accommodation are especially encouraged to contact the program as soon as possible to discuss their needs.