Exams for Credit
Students who begin their language study at a higher level and receive a C grade or better may petition up to 12 hours of vertical credit for the courses they skip. For help with this option, please contact CLLadvising@byui.edu. Native speakers are not eligible for vertical credit.
The 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. Students may not test out of a class they are enrolled in.
The exams for all languages are taken online through the BYU FLATS test. They can be taken in our Testing Center or at one of the proctor locations listed on the website. BYU-Idaho proctor information can be found on this page. Students will be notified of their results and will receive up to 12 hours of Pass credit on their transcripts for the tests they pass. Find information regarding the FLATS test and/or to register.
There is a Placement Exam for Chinese, French, and Spanish, but not Russian. It is designed to help students who have taken language classes in high school or at other universities/colleges determine which course they should begin with here at BYU-Idaho, based on their ability. Students with prior Russian experience should contact the Russian faculty for more information. The Placement Exam is not for returned missionaries. Chinese-, French-, German-, and Russian-speaking returned missionaries should begin at the 202 level. Spanish-speaking returned missionaries should begin at the 302 level.
Taking the Test
To take the Placement Exam go to BYU-Idaho Placement Exam and then type in the password: vikings1