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IMPORTANT: You are responsible for all the information and instructions on this page. Deadlines for these steps will be announced by your instructor.

The Challenge Exam allows BYU students who served a French-speaking mission, who learned French at home, or who had a significant immersion experience for which they did not receive academic credit, to demonstrate their proficiency and to receive graded credit.


  • The exam must be taken during your first language-focused class at BYU or first language-focused class after your mission. Language-focused classes are Fren 201 and 321.
  • Native speakers cannot take the exam for credit.

Exam Instructions:

During the registration period, complete the following steps to reserve a place to take the exam. There are no walk-ins accepted for the exam.

Step 1

Register for the challenge exam here $20 will be charged to your student account for the test. Once you’re registered, the department will verify that you meet the prerequisites and approve you for the exam.

Step 2

After being approved, it takes about one day to be able to reserve a time to take the written portion of the exam, which can be done at Choose the French 000 course. The exam should take no longer than 3 hours to complete.

Step 3

For FREN 211R and 311R, consult with your instructor. You must complete the speaking portion during the same semester you take the written portion of the Challenge Exam, otherwise you will not get credit for those courses.

After the Exam

You will receive a message through YMessage inviting you to accept your grades online. Please note:

  • You will only have one year to accept your grades.
  • You decide which scores you want to appear on your transcript. 
  • The scores you choose will affect your overall GPA and your total credit hours but will not affect credit caps for scholarships, applying to programs, etc.

If you have more questions please contact the French and Italian Department at (801) 422-2209 or