Language Exams

Language exams for credit are typically offered to returned missionaries in the language of their missions. One cannot take these exams unless one has had a prolonged non-academic exposure to the language being tested, which in most cases is a lengthy foreign residency experience. These exams are not for students whose native language is the language of the test. To take the exams, one must also be a former or current Ricks College/BYU-Idaho student.  Students may not challenge a class they are enrolled in.


Credit by Examination

Exams for credit may be taken at any time during or after being enrolled in the higher class; i.e., a student may challenge 101, 102, and 201 while taking 202/302 or after completing 202/302.For languages taught at BYU-Idaho, students may choose to accept the letter grade earned or a "P" grade. For languages not taught at BYU-I, the grade will be "P". No credit will be given when the exam grade is lower than "C". "C-" will not earn credit. Once a student accepts or rejects a grade, he cannot change it.

Starting Spring 2016 our policy will change so that we award PASS CREDIT ONLY for language tests that we administer.

Vertical Credit

Another option for students who can't or don't want to take the exams for credit is to apply for vertical credit.  Students who receive a "C" (not "C-") grade or better in a 102, 201, 202, or 302 class may receive vertical credit for the classes that are prerequisites to that class. The grade will be "P".  Please go to our Academic Discovery Center in Smith 269 to pick up a vertical credit form and receive help in filling it out and getting it submitted.



Students who have taken language classes prior to their missions may use the exam grade as a "retake" to improve their transcript.  Since Spanish 202 is not offered by examination, and Spanish-speaking returned missionaries are not permitted to take Spanish 202, Spanish 302 may be used as a "retake" of Spanish 202.  A "P" grade may not be used as a "retake" grade.