A student who demonstrates levels of achievement equivalent to those expected at the end of the third year of study in a language may apply for the Proficiency Notation, which is a notation of “Proficiency in [that language]" on the official transcript, along with an official certificate of language proficiency from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Successful candidates tend to have completed the third year or beyond of language study at Stanford and spent time studying abroad in the foreign language.
In order to receive the proficiency notation, the student should complete the following oral and written requirements according to the suggested timetable below (language majors, see notes with asterisks). The notation is available only for languages where external assessment is offered through Language Testing International. Successful completion of the oral component is required before proceeding with the writing component.
Two quarters prior to graduation: Application and Oral Component*
One quarter prior to graduation: Writing Component
*DLCL language majors should start the process by scheduling their OPI in March or April (or early in their graduation quarter).
**For DLCL majors, this step in the process (the OPI) is satisfied by your exit OPI (required for most language majors) if you score Advanced Low or higher (or Intermediate High, for non-cognate languages).
Students are advised to follow this timetable, in order to allow time for the process to be completed. We understand that individual students' schedules and graduation plans may vary. Questions about the process and recommended timetable should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduating Spring/Summer: Apply in Autumn; oral proficiency interview (OPI) in Autumn/Winter; writing exam in Winter or early Spring
Graduating Autumn: Apply in Winter; oral proficiency interview (OPI) in Winter/Spring; writing exam in Spring or early Autumn
Graduating Winter: Apply in Spring; oral proficiency interview (OPI) in Spring/Autumn; writing exam in Autumn or early Winter
Apply for the Proficiency in Foreign Language Notation here: http://web.stanford.edu/dept/lc/forms/profnotation.fb