Language Challenge Exams

Students who have learned Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, or Swedish as a second language are eligible to take a challenge exam that will cover the 101, 102, 201, and 211r classes (16 credit hours) associated with that language. In order to take this exam, students must be enrolled in (and pass) the 321 class for that language [exception: for Icelandic the necessary class is Icelandic 429]. The 16-credit exam must be taken in the same semester the student is enrolled in the class. The test can only be taken once. Native speakers may not take the exam for their native language and can only take the exam for a closely-related language if they can show evidence of previous course work or extensive experience learning that language. Native speakers of Scandinavian languages can, in some cases, take the English exam and are referred to Diane Strong-Krause, 422-3970, for more information on the English course and exam. Questions about the Scandinavian exams can be directed to Dr. Christopher Oscarson. If a student has taken an exam at another university or through our Off-Campus Testing Office and the credits were transferred to BYU he/she will not be allowed to take the 16-credit exam.

Please note: not all 321 classes are offered every year. Course offerings are as follows:

  • Danish 321: fall semester of even years (2016, 2018, 2020, etc.)
  • Finnish 321: fall semester of even years (2016, 2018, 2020, etc.)
  • Icelandic 429: winter semester of odd years (2017, 2019, 2021, etc.)
  • Norwegian 321: fall semester of odd years (2017, 2019, 2021, etc.
  • Swedish 321: every fall semester