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Challenge Exams

  • The Department of World Languages at Boise State University offers Challenge Exams in the following languages: Arabic, ASL, Basque, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Latin, and Spanish. For more information about the process, dates and prices click the tab below.
  • For all other languages, click on the BYU and NYU Challenge Exams tab.

Please Note:

You must have completed a minimum of 12 credits at Boise State and be currently enrolled in order to challenge a course. 

WL Challenge Exams

You must complete Steps 1-5 before taking a Challenge Exam.

Step 1

Take a Placement Exam or show transcript of successfully completed language course.  For French, German, and Spanish Placement Exams you can pay the $10.00 fee, take the exam, and receive your results immediately in one location at Testing Services located in the Academic and Career Services Building, ACS 115, 426-2762. For placement in Arabic, contact Isam Ali; for ASL, contact Davina Snow; for Basque, contact Nere Lete; for Chinese, contact Sharon Wei; for Japanese, contact Tetsuya Ehara; for Korean, contact Yookyung Lee  yookyunglee@boisestate.edu and for Latin, contact Karen Wadley (see below for Challenge Exam Dates).

Step 2

Take placement results to the challenge exam administrator (see below for contact information).

  1. Determine the number of courses you will challenge.
  2. Schedule test date.

Step 3

Complete the Credit for Prior Learning form in the WL Office, L-140B.  The office staff will record accounting codes and the challenge fee amount.  The cost is $50 per class.

Step 4

Take the Credit for Prior Learning form to the Payment and Disbursement Center, A101 to pay challenge fees.   Take fee receipt and Credit for Prior Learning form to the challenge exam administrator.  All paperwork must be finalized and turned in to the administrator least 2 days prior to test date. The exam will not be given without all required forms.

Step 5

Bring your BSU ID with you to the scheduled time for your exam.

Step 6

After the exam is graded, pick up exam results from the WL office, L-140B.  The WL office will turn in all challenge grades to the Registrar by the semester deadline.

Challenge Exam Dates

Please visit our office, L-140B, for current challenge exam information!

Challenge Exam Administrators Contact Information

LanguageInstructorPhone NumberOffice LocationEmail Address
Arabic
Isam Ali426-3409L-141GIsamAli@boisestate.edu
ASLDavina SnowBy appointment onlyL-141Ddavinasnow@boisestate.edu
Basque
Nere Lete426-2619L-145Dnlete@boisestate.edu
ChineseSharon Wei426-1059L-145CSharonWei@boisestate.edu
FrenchAlice Pigott426-2593L-149AAlicePigott@boisestate.edu
GermanRebecca Sibrian L-149Brsibrian@boisestate.edu
JapaneseTetsuya Ehara426-2622L-148tehara@boisestate.edu
KoreanYookyung Leeyookyunglee@boisestate.edu
LatinKaren Wadleykarenwadley@boisestate.edu
SpanishArantza Ugalde426-4882L-141EArantzaUgalde@boisestate.edu

BYU and NYU Challenge Exams

Brigham Young University and New York University have language exams available to earn Credit For Prior Learning at Boise State University. Click on the links to find out more information about how to order and take a test through BYU or NYU.

►  Brigham Young University exams can be taken to earn up to 12 credits at Boise State University.

►  New  York  University exams  can  be  taken  to earn up to 16 credits at Boise State University.

List of languages offered:

  • Language exams offered only at BYU:   Exams cost $50.

    Aymara
    Cakchiquel
    Cambodian
    Cebuano
    ESL
    Estonian
    Fijian
    Guarani
    Hmong
    Ilonggo/Hiligaynon
    Latvian
    Malagasy
    Maori-NZ
    Mongolian
    Navajo
    Portuguese/Continental**
    Quechua
    Rarotongan
    Samoan
    TahitianTongan
    Welsh

  • Both BYU and NYU offer exams in the following languages:

    Afrikaans
    Albanian
    Armenian
    Bulgarian
    Chinese-Cantonese
    Croatian*
    Czech
    Danish
    Dutch
    Finnish
    (Modern)Greek
    Haitian Creole
    Hungarian
    Icelandic
    Indonesian
    Italian
    Korean
    Lithuanian
    Norwegian
    Farsi/Persian [BYU]
    Persian [NYU]
    Polish
    Portuguese/Brazilian**
    Romanian
    Russian
    Serbian*
    Swedish
    Tagalog
    Thai
    Ukrainian
    Vietnamese

  • Language exams offered only at New York University. Exams cost $300, plus $20 registration fee and $20 postage & handling.

    Bengali
    Bosnian*
    Catalan
    Gujarati
    Hebrew
    Hindi
    Ibo
    Irish (Gaelic)
    Latin
    Malay
    Punjabi
    Swahili
    Turkish
    Urdu
    Yiddish

* A student may only receive credit for one of these three languages.
** A student may only receive credit for one of these two languages.