Visit this page often for updates on Scanning Room hours, office closures, and other special announcements.

BEST is open from 8am - 5pm, Monday through Friday. Extended Scanning Room hours are offered during Finals Week of each semester. Our Test Center is available for testing outside of regular business hours by appointment.

BEST administers the Graduate School Foreign Language Exam (GSFLE) in French, German, and Spanish to graduate students who need to show proficiency in those languages for degree requirements.

We also administer the Music First Year Language Exam (MFYLE) in French, Spanish, Italian, and German. This exam is taken by various IU Graduate Music Performance majors to demonstrate language proficiency.

Beginning July 1, 2020, both the GSFLE and MFYLE will be offered during scheduled group test dates and by individual appointment upon demand. Exam fees for group test dates will be $21.20 per exam for both the GSFLE and the MFYLE. Exam fees for individual appointments will be $53.00 per exam.

A list of current test fees can be found here. For exam-specific information, please visit the page for the exam you wish to take: GSFLE or MFYLE.

Upcoming Closures

BEST Administrative Offices
Closed Monday, September 7, 2020

Scanning Room
Closed Monday, September 7, 2020

Test Center
Reopening on August 1, 2020, pending any changes in University policy or public health guidance in regard to Covid-19

Contact John Bean at or (812) 856-0684 for current hours

Payment methods

Beginning July 1, 2018, BEST will no longer accept cash as a form of payment for test fees, proctor fees, or parking permits. Acceptable forms of payment will be via bursar billing to the student account for applicable exams or via credit / debit card at: