Challenge Exams

Challenge Exams are for students who arrive at BYU with significant experience in the language but are not native speakers. Students can receive up to 16 graded credit hours.
  • Step 1: Enroll in the 321 course for your Scandinavian language (202 in the case of Icelandic).
  • Step 2: Ensure that you meet the qualifications and rules below.
  • Step 3: Tell the instructor that you will be taking the Challenge Exam.
  • Step 4: Request the exam on the BYU Challenge Exams website during the registration period and pay the $20 non-refundable fee. 
  • Step 5: Take all 5 sections of the exam (speaking, reading, writing, listening, and grammar). Some of these sections may happen in the classroom, some in the Humanities Testing Lab. Please read the instructions you receive by email.

After the semester is completed and you have received at least a C grade in the 321 course (or Icelandic 202), you will receive an email stating your Challenge Exam grades for 101, 102, 201, and 211R. It is not possible to test out of 202. You can accept or decline the grades and only the accepted grades will appear on your transcript.

Qualifications and rules for taking a Challenge Exam in Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, or Swedish:

  • You must be enrolled for credit in the current semester of 321 (202 for Icelandic). See here for when courses are offered. 
  • You must not have previously taken the Challenge Exam in your language.
  • You must not have completed high school in a Scandinavian language-speaking country.
  • You must not be a native speaker of the Scandinavian language you would like to take the Challenge Exam in. 
  • If you are a speaker of Danish, Norwegian, or Swedish, you may not take the Challenge Exam in any of those three languages.  
  • You will not receive credit or a grade for courses previously taken for credit. (For example, if you took 201 for credit, you will not receive a CE grade for that course.)
  • FlexGE students are eligible to take Challenge Exams. 

If you have questions, contact Language Coordinator Maren Mecham at