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 (FLATS) administered by BYU 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.
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 Holokai General Education program, students may not meet 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.
1. See Lisa Faonelua (MFB 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:
Note: For details, contact BYU–Hawaii Testing Services or the Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service.