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Language Tests

BYU–Hawaii students who have learned a second (or third…) language outside of the university classroom—by serving a mission, for example—may take the language aptitude test (Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service also known as FLATS) administered by BYU in Provo for academic credit at BYU–Hawaii. Students may earn up to 12 ungraded credits, corresponding to the 101, 102 and 201 language courses. The exam fee is $50.

The exam is taken at the BYU–Hawaii Testing Center but is graded by BYU in Provo. You must be a current BYU–Hawaii student to apply and take the exam.

Options and Eligibility for available tests

  1. Students who learned the language on an LDS mission or some similar way opt to take the test for a waiver of GE or other requirements or they may take it for university credit (“P” grades only).
  2. Heritage language learners, who learned a language at home or otherwise grew up speaking it, are not eligible to earn credit for it via exam. They may still take the test to waive GE or other requirements.

Note: with BYU–Hawaii’s current Holoka'i modular curriculum program, students may not meet general education (GE) language minor requirements via FLATS exam. Students completing earlier iterations of GE are able to waive the GE language requirement by exam. Some majors may also have a language requirement; these are typically waivable by language test.

Authorization for Testing


  1. See Lisa Faonelua (McKay Faculty Building Room 211) for authorization documentation.
  2. Take completed authorization to the Testing Center once you are notified by the Testing Center that your test is ready.

Languages for which tests are currently available are as follows:

Albanian

Arabic

Armenian

Bulgarian

Cambodian

Cantonese (Simp)

Cantonese (Trad)

Cebuano

Croatian

Czech

Danish

Dutch

Estonian

Fijian

Finnish

French

Georgian

German

Greek

Haitian Creole

Hmong

Hungarian

Icelandic

Ilonggo-Hiligaynon

Indonesian

Italian

Japanese

Korean

Latvian

Lithuanian

Malagasy

Malay

Mandarin (Simp)

Mandarin (Trad)

Mongolian

Norwegian

Persian-Farsi

Polish

Portuguese (Braz)

Portuguese (Cont)

Romanian

Russian

Samoan

Serbian

Spanish

Swedish

Tagalog

Tahitian

Thai

Tongan

Ukranian

Vietnamese

Note: For details, contact the BYU–Hawaii Testing Center or the Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service.