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ACTFL Foreign Language Examination

Students seeking an Associates in Arts degree who entered Fall 2009 or later must complete two courses of a world language (previously referred to as foreign language) with a grade of “C” or better or can “test out” of this requirement by providing evidence of at least a 102-level proficiency in one of the world languages offered at the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC). CCC uses the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) foreign language examination to measure knowledge and proficiency of the Italian, Arabic, Polish, Chinese or Japanese languages.

How to Apply

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What is the ACTFL Exam?

ACTFL examinations are designed to measure knowledge and ability equivalent to that of students who have completed 2 - 4 semesters of college foreign language study. The exam focuses on skills typically achieved from the end of the first year through the second year of college study; material taught during both years is incorporated into a single exam.

By taking the ACTFL Exam, you have the opportunity to receive college credit for previously acquired knowledge, including native language, independent study, prior course work, on the job training, professional development, cultural pursuits, or internships.


The ACTFL offers language proficiency exams that are the product of more than 50 years of research, development, and application. Recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education (ACE), ACTFL commitment to the development of guidelines, research, and testing best practices has resulted in the emergence of ACTFL ratings as the international standard measure of language proficiency in the U.S.



​The ACTFL test fee is comprised of two components.

  • ACTFL exam fee: $65.00, subject to change without notice. Payment will be collected online at the time of ACTFL test registration. Acceptable forms of payment: credit card - Visa, MasterCard, or Discover; debit cards - cards with a Visa or MasterCard logo; or online eCheck. NO CASH ACCEPTED. ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
  • CCC administrative fee: $30.00. Note: this payment is in addition to and not to be combined with the ACTFL exam fee. Pay the CCC administrative fee at the Business Office of the college where you plan to take the ACTFL Exam. Acceptable forms of payment: credit card - Visa, MasterCard, or American Express; debit card - cards with a Visa or MasterCard logo; money order payable to the City Colleges of Chicago; cashier's check; or cash (at the Business Office payment window only). You must bring the CCC administrative fee receipt issued by the Business Office as proof of payment on the day of the exam. ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

Important Notes:

  • In addition to the CCC administrative fee, you are responsible for paying the cost of return express shipment back to the test provider.
  • You may reschedule your exam by contacting the Testing Resources Center at least 24 hours (one business day) before your scheduled exam, or you will be charged an additional CCC administrative fee. Note: the third time you reschedule (and each time thereafter) you will be charged an additional CCC administrative fee. The CCC administrative fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.



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