Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service

General Information

The Foreign Language Achievement Testing Services (FLATS) provides students the opportunity to receive up to 12 credit hours of pass/fail university credit by examination. Tests are available to both BYU and non-BYU students; however, non-BYU students cannot receive BYU credit. They must arrange to purchase credit from their institution based on the results of their tests. Most exams cost $50 (paid online); several tests require taking the exam by mail, however, and cost $75 (see our frequently asked questions for a list of exams that cost $75). Information about the tests and registration are available on this website. Follow the appropriate links above. If you have further questions, please read the tips and advice page. You may also call the FLATS automated hotline at 801-422-3512.

PLEASE NOTE: The pass/fail credit on this exam cannot be converted to graded credit at a later date, even if you were a non-BYU student when you took the FLATS test.

Please note that all online tests must be completed no later than 6 months from the date of registration. Tests attempted later than this 6 month deadline will not be accessible unless students re-register and pay the registration fee. No refunds will be given for missing the exam deadline.

If you are a non-BYU student and are interested in earning 14 to 16 graded transferrable credits by taking BYU's Challenge Exam, consider one of the following options:

  1. Register for the Spring/Summer Visiting Student Program and take the course that offers the Challenge Exam (see department for details). Go to Visiting Student Programs for more information. (Be sure to look under FLANG for the less-commonly spoken languages.)
  2. If you are close enough to attend our campus, check BYU Evening Classes to see if/when they offer the course that gives the Challenge Exam. (If you are under 23 years of age, you will need to complete an exception form to take the class.) Go to Evening Classes for more information. (Once again, be sure to look under FLANG for the less-commonly spoken languages.)