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Challenge Exam

***Students enrolled in 321 and 206 will receive an email with information regarding when to sign up for the exam. Please be patient and wait for these instructions as they will come after the add/drop deadline.

Current Span/Port 321 and 206 Students:

FALL TERM: Register for the exam starting Wednesday, September 7th through Wednesday, October 19th, 2022.

Registration has two parts:

1. Register on the Challenge Exam Form Site:

Once registered, the Department will verify that the student is enrolled in the class, and then students can reserve a time to take the exam (see step 2).

Notice: It may take up to 24 hours after registering for the Challenge Exam before you can sign up for a specific time slot to take it.

2. Reserve a time on this site:

Choose the course "SPAN 000" or "PORT 000."

Take the exam starting Wednesday, September 15th through Wednesday, October 26th, 2022.

All exams must be completed by Wednesday, October 26th. Any petitions for rare exceptions must be made before October 26th.

The course you should choose is SPAN/PORT 000.

Grades will be released after November 7th, 2022.


To see if you are eligible to take the Challenge Exam, please read the Policies document.

In order to take this exam, students must be enrolled in a BYU Spanish or Portuguese class. In order to receive the graded credits, students must complete that course. Please note that once students have graduated, they are not eligible for challenging any additional credit at BYU unless it is specific to the graduate program to which the students have been admitted. This applies to graduate students and post-baccalaureate students.

Most returned missionaries should take PORT 321 or SPAN 321. Returned missionaries who wish to strengthen their language skills may start with Spanish 206 or Port 206 and may take the Challenge Exam for up to 12 credits.

Native speakers cannot take the exam for their native language if they also completed the equivalent of high school in a Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking country. In that case, a native Spanish speaker could not take the Spanish exam but would be eligible to take the Portuguese exam, or vice versa.

The exam MUST be taken during your FIRST Spanish/Portuguese class at BYU or your FIRST Spanish/Portuguese class after the mission. If you choose not to take it this semester, you cannot take it during a future semester.

According to university policy, if a student has taken an exam at another university, through our Off-Campus Testing Office, or has IB or AP credit, he/she may still take this test. The Challenge Exam will not replace those former grades or credits.  All test credits will be added to student’s total credits earned.

Non-BYU students may take the challenge exam if they register for and take SPAN or PORT 321 as a visiting student. If they do not wish to take 321, there is also an off-campus credit exam available (the FLATS exam), but it is only 12 credits and is Pass/Fail. Please contact Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service at 801-422-3512 or visit their website for more information.

Registration and Taking the Exam:

All students in SPAN or PORT 321 and 206 will receive an email with registration information. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure their e-mail address is up-to-date in the BYU system or else they may not receive the e-mail.

You may only take the exam one time. There are no retakes.

The exam is two-hour timed and is taken on the computers in the Humanities Testing Lab in B-153 JFSB.

The WebCLIPS program is helpful for reviewing grammar concepts. You can also review study tips for the Challenge Exam below.

Scores and Credits:

The Challenge Exam tests skills relevant to 100- and 200-level courses. You do NOT need these credits for the language certificate, minor, or major. You will not need to go back and take these classes if you choose not to take the exam or choose not to accept these grades.

Graded credit may be awarded for the following courses (the Department may change this course list without notice to students):


  • SPAN 105 (4 credits)
  • SPAN 106 (4 credits)
  • SPAN 206 (4 credits) *students enrolled in SPAN 206 will not receive credit for SPAN 206 through the Challenge Exam
  • SPAN 211R (2 credits)
  • SPAN 212R (2 credits)


  • PORT 101 (4 credits)
  • PORT 102 (4 credits)
  • PORT 201 (4 credits)
  • PORT 211R (2 credits)
  • PORT 212R (2 credits)

You decide which credits you want to put on your transcript. The graded credits you accept WILL affect your overall GPA and your total credit hours but will NOT affect credit caps for scholarships, applying to programs, etc. If you do not accept the grade, then you do not receive credit for the course.

If it is your first semester at BYU, the scores you have accepted will appear a few days after this semester’s grades are posted. If it is not your first semester at BYU, your scores will appear within three weeks.

Challenge Exam credits are taken into account when priority registration dates are calculated, as long as the credit has already been posted to the student’s record when the calculation is made.

Challenge Exam credits DO NOT COUNT towards the requirement for students to declare a major by the time they have earned 60 credit hours or stop them from changing their major when they reach 75 credit hours. Students are not charged a higher “Advanced Study Tuition” rate for having too many credit hours because of Challenge Exam credits. Challenge Exam credits ARE counted in the students’ total BYU credit hours and GPAs on their transcripts.