Timeline icon LPE - Process and Timeline

Applicants should determine their eligibility and prepare required supporting documentation before registration period begins. Any questions applicants may have should be addressed to the Test Site‘s Local Administrator.  For detailed information, please click on the appropriate steps in the table below:


Tentative Deadline

2019 LPE - Process and Timeline

5 April 2019

1. Announcement of participating test sites and fee-paying entities
The participating Test Sites and entities may change from year to year depending on local needs and resources available. The Special Assessments Section (SAS) has collected participation requests from Test Sites and nominations of Finance Focal Points from fee-paying entities.

  • List of participating Test Sites (to be posted soon)

If no test site is available at your duty station, please consult your HR/Administrative office or person to inquire about their willingness to host and administer the current LPE. If so, please ask them to contact oahunlpe@un.org before 5 April 2019 for further instructions.

  • List of participating fee-paying entities (to be posted soon)

6 April - 28 April 2019

2. Applicants should determine their eligibility, prepare supporting documents and update their Inspira profile
Policies and Guidelines

  • Policies and Guidelines
  • ST/AI/2016/9 - Language Proficiency and Language Allowance
  • *Please note that it was decided by the General Assembly in A/RES/70/244 para. 22 to discontinue the current practice of granting accelerated step increments for staff members in the professional category, including accelerated increments granted after staff members have established proficiency in a second language. Please note that UNLPE or local LPE Administrators are not in a position to answer any queries on this topic.

LPE eligibility criteria document approved by Human Resources Policy Service (HRPS), Office of Human Resources Management can be found at the link given below.

Applicants, who are eligible based upon "the use of language on a regular basis for work", are asked to attach to their application in Inspira the verification letter form signed by their Supervisor and Head of Office.

Applicants with appointments that expire prior to the date of the LPE written examination, are asked to attach to their application in Inspira a letter from the Executive Officer or the head of administration at offices away from Headquarters and field duty stations expressing the intent to extend the contract beyond the written exam date.

Applicants should determine their eligibility and prepare required supporting documents ahead of registration period. Any questions applicants might have should be addressed to the corresponding Test Site‘s Local Administrator.

29 April - 26 May 2019

3. Applicant registration period
It is the responsibility of applicants to submit a completed and accurate application in Inspira by the deadline.  Once an application is successfully submitted in Inspira, the applicant will receive an email confirming their LPE registration.  It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure their email contact information in Inspira is correct, to ensure proper communication. 

PDF guides for applicants

Special Needs Procedure
Individual cases of candidates in need of a special accommodation will be reviewed by the Board. The candidate must complete the ADA Special Accommodations Questionnaire with his or her application. This questionnaire, along with its requested documentation, should be emailed to oahunlpe@un.org by the end of the registration period.

Change of Test Site
Candidates who wish to change Test Site within the application period should drop any existing application and create a new application for the Test Site where they wish to sit for the exam. Candidates who want to change Test Site after registration period can do so only if there is an unexpected change of work location.

29 April - 28 May 2019

4. Screening of applications by Local Administrators (applicants should monitor their email messages)

The Local Administrator at each Test Site will screen the applications according to the eligibility criteria. Local Administrators might contact applicants anytime during this period to request further information or documentation. If so, it is the responsibility of applicants to upload the requested supporting documents within this screening period AND resubmit their application in Inspira. Applicants should check their Inspira status and email regularly for communication regarding the status of their application.

27 May - 1 June 2019

5. Final chance for applicants to respond to pushed-back applications, if applicable

During this period, NO new applications can be accepted. This is the final opportunity for applicants with existing applications (that have been pushed back by the Local Administrator) to upload the requested additional supporting documents and resubmit their applications, so screening can be finalize by the Local Administrator. If an applicant fails to provide the additional documents within this period, their applications will be rejected. 

3 - 5 June 2019

6. Final screening of pushed-back applications by Local Administrators

The Local Administrator will screen all pending applications, either accepting those that meet the eligibility requirements, or rejecting those that do not fulfil the eligibility requirements or lack supporting documents.

19 - 27 June 2019

7. Endorsement of registration fee by fee-paying entities

Applications from staff members belonging to fee-paying entities which meet the non-financial eligibility criteria will be passed onto respective focal points for endorsement. Only applicants whose applications are endorsed, i.e. their parent organization agrees to pay the LPE registration fee, will be invited to the LPE. Financial focal points might contact applicants during this period to request for further information. Applicants should check their Inspira status and email regularly.

19 July 2019

8. Checking final convocation/rejection status in Inspira

The final application status will be available by this date. Only convoked candidates will be allowed to sit for the examination.

Before September 2019

9. Exam Preparation

Please note that the written part of the examinations will be administered ONLINE in September 2019. Shortly after receiving a convocation letter, candidates will receive a link to go through an onboarding process and take an online practice test. 


Audio (MP3) of Instructions to be played to candidates

Transcript (PDF) of Instructions to be played to candidates








  • For information on the online LPE preparation courses and how to register, please click on the link below:


September 2019

10. Administration of online written exam 

     Tentative exam dates as follows (subject to change):

     3 September 2019 (Tuesday)

  • Chinese

     4 September 2019 (Wednesday)

  • Arabic

     11 September 2019 (Wednesday)

  • Russian

     17 September 2019 (Tuesday)

  • Spanish

     19 September 2019 (Thursday)

  • French

      24 September 2019 (Tuesday)

  • English

Test Site Exam Start Times (to be posted soon)

15 August - 30 Sept 2019

(depending on Test Site)

11. Administration of interviews
The oral part of the LPE consists of an interview of up to 15 minutes conducted by an interviewer, to obtain a sample of the candidate's linguistic competence in the language being tested.

The interview will be scheduled by each Test Site‘s Local Administrator depending on availability of interviewer. The interview schedule will be communicated to candidates by their Local Administrator.

December 2019

12. Announcement of results


 Applicants should regularly check their emails and LPE website for updates. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure their email contact information in Inspira is correct, to ensure proper communication.

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LPE contact information
For inquiries from individuals at UNHQ: email unlpeny@un.org
For inquiries from individuals based at other duty stations, please refer to list of participating test sites included in the LPE - Process and Timeline mentioned above.