Challenge Exam

The Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures offers a Challenge Exam to native and heritage speakers and writers of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. Students can elect to test for a total of 6 credits.

This exam is not the same thing as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam given through the College Board. The Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures does not recognize CLEP credits.

The Challenge Exam is offered once a year, in November. The Challenge Exam for Spanish will be offered in both November 2021 and February 2022. Contact if you are interested in taking the Challenge exam for Spanish in the spring.


It’s a verbal and written exam for native and heritage speakers and writers at the 301/302 level in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish.

If you don’t see your language listed above, sorry, we do not test for it.

We do NOT test for elementary or intermediate level credit. If you score an “A” on the exam you can earn either 6 credits for both the 301 & 302 (Advanced Composition & Conversation 1 & 2) courses in your language or 3 credits for the 302 level only. If you score a “B” on the exam, you earn 3 credits for 301 only. If you score lower than a “B” you earn zero credits.

No, the test grade does NOT show on your transcript. Only the Course Name (301 and/or 302) and the credits appear on your transcript. The exam does NOT raise or lower your Grade Point Average (GPA.)

For 3 credits...$90 *posting fee + $30 per credit = $180.00

For 6 credits...$180 *posting fee + $30 per credit = $360.00

The French/German/Italian/Spanish exam credits satisfy... Gen Ed II.C.3 or 301 satisfies Core Requirement 5 and 302 satisfies Core Requirement 12.

The Arabic/Chinese/Hebrew/Japanese exam credits satisfy...Gen Ed II.D. or 301 satisfies Core Requirement 5 and 302 satisfies Core Requirement 12.

If you submit your application but don’t take the exam for any reason (illness, etc.) you do not owe the application fee. If you take the exam and don’t pass it, you still MUST pay the application fee.

How do I apply?

  1. Fill out the application and have it stamped by the Languages, Literatures & Cultures Office (LA 4210.)
  2. Submit the application in-person to the Registrar’s Office (Enrollment Services Building, on Osler Drive, Room 224) by Friday, October 29, 2021. No applications will be accepted after Friday, October 29, 2021.
  3. Take the exam on the date given (no make-up exam for any reason.)


Challenge Exam Dates (Fall 2021)





Arabic Bentahar Not Available TBA
Chinese Fu Not Available TBA
French Sainson Not Available TBA
German Budzinski-Luftig Not Available TBA
Hebrew Bor Not Available TBA
Italian Pampinella Not Available TBA
Japanese Nonogaki 11/12/21 at 2pm TBA
Portuguese Ramsdell Not Available TBA
Spanish TBA Not Available TBA