Timeline icon LPE - Process and Timeline

Applicants should determine their eligibility and prepare required supporting documentation before the registration period begins. Regarding any questions applicants may have, these should be addressed to the Administrator at the LPE Local Centres (LPELCs).  Please see more detailed information in the table below:



2019 LPE - Process and Timeline

20 May 2019

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

If you do not see your duty station in the list above, please choose the nearest option when you enroll in the 2019 LPE in inspira. 

20 May - 2 June 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 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.

The LPE eligibility criteria document  was approved by the then  Office of Human Resources Management at the below link.

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

Applicants with appointments that expire prior to the date of the LPE written examination are asked to attach 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 to their application in Inspira.

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 LPELC‘s Local Administrator.

3 June - 24 June 2019

3. Applicant registration period
It is the applicant's responsibility to submit a completed and accurate application in inspira by the specified deadline, while ensuring to selecting their duty station as the LPELC.  If the specific duty station is not listed, applicants should choose the nearest option. 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, in order 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 follow the accommodation request procedure (click here for details) and submit the request to by the enrollment registration deadline. 

3 June - 28 June 2019

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

The Local Administrator at each LPELC 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 applicant's responsibility 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.

1 July - 8 July 2019

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

During this period, no new applications cannot 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. 

12 July - 15 July 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.

1 August - 7 August 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 their 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.

5 September  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 take the examination.

6 - 20 September 2019

9. Exam Preparation / Onboarding/ Practice Test

Please note that the written part of the examinations will be administered ONLINE in October 2019. Shortly after receipt of a convocation letter, candidates will receive a link to go through an onboarding process. At this stage, there will be an opportunity to take an online practice test and become familiar with the online testing platform. 












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

October 2019

10. Administration of online written exam 

An important notice about the actual exam

In the actual exam, Part I will be split into two separate proctored sessions, i.e., one for listening comprehension and the other for writing to a set topic, so that different rules regarding the use of headphones/earphones can be applied. You can take a bathroom break between these two sessions in Part I, as well as between Part I and Part II.

     Wednesday, 2 October 2019 

  • Arabic
  • Chinese

     Tuesday, 8 October 2019

  • Russian

     Wednesday, 16 October 2019

  • Spanish

     Tuesday, 22 October 2019

  • French

     Tuesday, 29 October 2019

  • English


     Arabic, Chinese: 6:00 AM - 3:00 PM (New York time - EST)

     Russian, Spanish, and French: 6:00 AM - 2:00 PM (New York time - EST)

     English Group A* : 3:00 AM - 7:00 AM (New York time - EST)
     English Group B*:  7:00 AM - 11:00 AM (New York time - EST)
     English Group C*: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM (New York time - EST)

*Note:  Those taking the LPE in English will be assigned to one of the three groups according to their time zone. 

     2019 LPE in English Groups by application numbers of candidates

December 2019 -
April 2020

11. Administration of interviews
Only those candidates who pass the written part of the LPE will be invited to take the oral part. 
The oral part of the LPE consists of an online 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 schedule and modality will be announced in due course.

May 2020

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.

Frequently Asked

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LPE contact information
For inquiries from individuals at UNHQ: email
For inquiries from individuals based at other duty stations, please refer to list of participating LPELCs