FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (and rumors):

Q: Do you have sample questions?

A: No, but it does help if you can study a beginning and intermediate college textbook. You can also go to YouTube to practice listening to your language. The recording on the test goes quickly, and you are not allowed to stop or rewind, so be well-rested, and listen carefully when you are taking the listening part at the beginning. The test is all multiple choice, so all the answers are on the test; you don’t have to come up with anything. There are no speaking or writing parts.

Q: How long does it take to get my results?

A: You will receive an email, with your unofficial scores, as soon as you’re done taking the test. Your score will be divided into “101/102,” which is the beginning section, and “201,” which is the intermediate section. Then it will say “pass” or “fail” depending on whether you passed or failed each section. Your official score report will be sent to you and to your school by regular U.S. mail. The time it takes to receive your scores depends on where you live, but is usually less than seven business days.

Q: If I don’t have you send my results to my school when I register, can I have them sent later?

A: Yes, just send us a request at flats-sec@byu.edu when you’re ready to send your scores somewhere else. FYI – we keep your scores on file forever. If you ever need your scores sent to a different school, send us an email including the name and address of the person the scores are going to, and we will send them by regular mail. If your school will accept an email, we can send your scores through email, and it’s quicker, but not all schools accept emailed test scores (check with your school). There is no fee for sending scores by email or regular mail.

Q: I don’t live in Utah. Can I take the test in my state?

A: Probably. We have certified proctors at many colleges and universities across the United States. If there is not a certified proctor at a college or university near you, please contact us for instructions on how to register an employee of an academic institution in your area.

Q: Is the FLATS exam available internationally?

A: No. This test is available only in the United States. 

Q: How long do I have to take the FLATS exam once I’ve registered? 

A: 6 months

Q: Is the test timed?

A: Yes. The time limit is 2 1/2 hours. (However, most students finish the exam within about 1 1/2 hours.)

Q: As a non-BYU student, can I receive BYU credit through the FLATS exam?

A: No. BYU does not grant credit to students who do not have a BYU transcript before taking the exam. You need to make sure that your college or university will accept the credits and put them on your transcript at the school you are attending, before you take the exam.

Q: As a non-BYU student, can I take the BYU language class and the associated challenge exam?

A: Possibly. BYU has a visiting student program. Please visit the BYU Visiting Student website for more information.

Q: If I don’t pass the exam, can I take it again?

A: Yes, but you will need to wait 6 months before you can take it again.

Q: If I register, and then find out that I don’t need to take the test, can I get a refund?

A: Yes, but only within 6 months of registering. There will be a $10 service fee deducted from your refund, so you’ll only get $40 back if you request a refund.

Q: Is there a FLATS test for every language?

A: No, we only offer 53 foreign language exams. Most are online, but the following language exams are offered on paper, and cost $75 each: Afrikaans, Aymara, Cakchiquel, Guarani, Maori, Navajo, Quechua, Rarotongan, and Welsh.