Timeline icon LPE - Process and Timeline

Applicants should determine their eligibility for 2016 LPE and prepare required supporting documentation before registration period begins. Any questions applicants may have should be addressed to the Test Site‘s Local Administrator.



2016 LPE - Process and Timeline

25 March 2016

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 Examinations and Tests Section (ETS) has collected participation requests from Test Sites and nominations of Finance Focal Points from fee-paying entities.

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 2016 LPE. If so, please ask them to contact before 25 March 2016 for further instructions.

25 March - 25 April 2016

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

  • Policies and Guidelines
  • ST AI 1999-2
  • *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 for 2016 LPE 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.

26 April - 13 May 2016

3. Applicant registration period
Registration period is from 26 April 2016 to 13 May 2016.
It is the responsibility of applicants to submit a completed and accurate application in Inspira by the deadline.

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 by 13 May 2016.

Change of Test Site
Candidates who wish to change Test Site within the application period (26 April - 13 May 2016) 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.

26 April - 20 May 2016

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

It is the responsibility of applicants to submit a completed and accurate application. Local Administrator at each Test Site will screen the applications according to the eligibility criteria. Local Administrators might contact applicants during this period to request for further information. If asked by a Local Administrator to complete or modify application or to upload additional supporting documents, applicants are required to do so within the application deadline (i.e. no later than 27 May 2016). Applicants should check their Inspira status and email regularly.

23 - 27 May 2016

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

NO new applications can be created. Applicants with existing applications that are pushed back by the local administrator may upload supporting documents to finalize the application.

30 May - 3 June 2016

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

Applications that do not fulfill the eligibility requirements or lack supporting documents will be rejected by the local administrator.

13 - 22 June 2016

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 2016 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 2016

8. Checking final convocation/rejection status in Inspira

The final application status will be available by 19 July 2016. Only convoked candidates will be allowed to sit for 2016 LPE.

Before 31 August 2016

9. Exam Preparation
The answer sheet is an 11x17 form consisting of two double-sided pages where the examinee's information and answers to both multiple choice and essay parts of the exam will be written.


Audio (MP3) of Instructions to be played to candidates

Transcript (PDF) of Instructions to be played to candidates








31 August - 1 September 2016

10. Administration of written exam
31 August 2016 (Wednesday)

  • Chinese
  • English
  • Russian

1 September 2016 (Thursday)

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Spanish

Test Site Exam Start Times
Test Sites with Special Session Exam Start Times

19 July - 17 October 2016
(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.

Spring 2017

12. Announcement of results


Applicants should regularly check their emails and LPE website for updates

LPE contact information
For inquiries from individuals at UNHQ: email
For inquiries from individuals based at other duty stations: email your local LPE Administrator

Frequently Asked Questions
Visit the FAQs page and look under Examinations > Language Proficiency Examination