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Frequently Asked Questions

French
Italian
  • The challenge exam allows BYU students with a significant immersion experience to receive graded credit for the following courses without taking them:

    Course Credits
    French 101 (1st Year French Part 1) 4
    French 102 (1st Year French Part 2) 4
    French 201 (Intermediate French Part 1) 4
    French 211R (2nd Year Conversation) 2
    French 311R (3rd Year Conversation) 2

    Note: These classes are not required for and provide no credit toward the Language Certificate, Minor, or Major.

  • The following students are eligible to take the Challenge Exam:

    • Students who have served a French-speaking LDS mission.
    • Students who learned French at home (“heritage” speakers)
    • Students who have had a significant immersion experience for which they have not received academic credit. Please discuss this with your instructor and the department for approval.

    If you have questions about eligibility please contact the French and Italian Department at (801) 422-2209 or french_italian@byu.edu.

  • You can take the challenge exam to receive credit for classes lower than the level you are currently in. For example:

    • A heritage speaker taking 321 can take the challenge exam for 101, 102, 201, 211R, and 311R.
    • A returned missionary taking 201 can take the challenge exam for 101, 102, and 211R.
  • No, students are not allowed to challenge BYU language classes they have already taken.

  • You must take the exam in your first language-focused class at BYU, or if you are a returned missionary, your first language-focused class after your mission: FREN 201 and 321. (Note that FREN 202 is not a language-focused class. For questions about French courses, please contact the French Advisor at frenchadvisor@byu.edu.)

    If you took FREN 321 before Fall 2021 and still have not taken the Challenge Exam, please contact the department at (801) 422-7213 or email ashley_schumacher@byu.edu.

  • You must consult with your instructor for an appointment during the same semester you take the written portion.

  • The exam is offered once per semester, near the end of the semester (F/W) or term (Sp/Su).

  • The challenge exam focuses on foundational grammar and vocabulary taught in 100- and 200-level classes on campus. There are also sections to evaluate listening comprehension and reading comprehension.

  • Concerted effort in your current language course should prepare you for the written and speaking sections of the exam.

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

  • The challenge exam allows BYU students with a significant immersion experience to receive graded credit for the following courses without taking them:

    Course Credits
    Italian 101 (1st Year Italian Part 1) 4
    Italian 102 (1st Year Italian Part 2) 4
    Italian 201 (Intermediate Italian Part 1) 4
    Italian 211R (2nd Year Conversation) 2
    Italian 311R (3rd Year Conversation) 2

    Note: These classes are not required for and provide no credit toward the Language Certificate, Minor, or Major.

  • The following students are eligible to take the Challenge Exam:

    • Students who have served an Italian-speaking LDS mission.
    • Students who learned Italian at home (“heritage” speakers)
    • Students who have had a significant immersion experience for which they have not received academic credit.

    If you have questions about eligibility please contact the French and Italian Department at (801) 422-2209 or french_italian@byu.edu

  • You can take the challenge exam to receive credit for classes lower than the level you are currently in. For example:

    • A returned missionary taking 321 can take the challenge exam for 101, 102, 201, 211R, and 311R.
  • No, students are not allowed to challenge BYU language classes they have already taken.

  • You must take the exam in your first language-focused class at BYU, or if you are a returned missionary, your first language-focused class after your mission: ITAL 321.

    If you have not yet taken the Challenge Exam for Covid-related circumstances or are currently in Italian classes and have still not taken it, contact the department immediately.

  • For ITAL 211R and 311R, your Italian 321 instructor will award this credit through evaluation of class participation.

  • The exam is offered once per semester, near the end of the semester (F/W) or term (Sp/Su).

  • The challenge exam focuses on foundational grammar and vocabulary taught in 100- and 200-level classes on campus. There are also sections to evaluate listening comprehension and reading comprehension.

  • Concerted effort in your current language course should prepare you for the written and speaking sections of the exam.

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