World Languages & Cultures Proficiency Testing

The USU Department of World Languages & Cultures offers Language Proficiency Testing for students wishing to gain credit for their foreign language fluency. Students interested in declaring a language major or minor, or simply seeking to get a leg up on the Bachelor of Arts Foreign Language Requirement, may schedule a time to take a language proficiency test  in person on the Logan Main Campus, or remotely at a USU Statewide Location. 

Our department offers progressive computer-based tests that measure the test taker's proficiency in reading, writing, and listening for the following languages:

  • Chinese (Mandarin) *Traditional or Simplified
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

You can learn more about the test for each language by scrolling down below. 

Is your language not listed above? We are also authorized to administer language tests for 50+ other world languages through the BYU FLATS program. 

Why you should take a Language Proficiency Test

Whether you've spent extensive time in a foreign country or simply taken a few classes in high school, taking a Language Proficiency Test can propel you forward in your college career. Through language testing, you can: 

  • Test out of up to 4 lower-level language classes (1010, 1020, 2010, 2020)
  • Potential to add 16 credits towards your graduation (Must be a registered USU student, other language requirements may apply)
  • Complete the Bachelor of Arts foreign language requirement (If proficiency exceeds all four lower division classes)
  • Accelerated track towards completing a Language Minor program
  • Accelerated track towards completing a Language Major program

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How to Schedule a Test

Schedule a testing time using the buttons located to the left.
Language Tests are offered Monday-Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
Students must pay a small fee of $35 before the test can be taken; a payment form, receipt, and photo ID are required.

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Testing Fee

The $35 testing fee will be added to your banner account within 24 hours. You must pay online BEFORE coming to your appointment. You can find the balance under Finance>Touchnet or use the button.
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Where to go

The test is held in the basement of Old Main, room 069. Please bring your photo ID.

 

Testing Contact

Logan Campus

Testing Location: Old Main 069
Time: By appointment Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-4:00PM 

USU SLC Testing Center

Center Location: 920 West LeVoy Drive, Taylorsville, UT 84123
Contact: Matthew Fox (435) 797-4233
Time: By appointment, Monday from 8:00AM-5:00PM, Tuesday-Thursday from 8:00AM-9:00PM, Friday from 8:00AM-8:00PM

USU also administrates placement tests at the SLC Testing Center during the hours above. Last testing appointment is two hours before closing. Call or email Matthew Fox above to make an appointment. The test fee is $35. When you test at the SLC Testing Center, you will need to arrange the $35 testing fee with Matthew Fox and it will be paid online. The SLC Testing Center can test for Spanish, German, French and Russian.

Other USU Campuses

To take the language test in other locations besides the Logan campus or SLC testing center, you will have to make arrangements with the staff at the appropriate campus locations. They will give you the information to help set up a test closer to where you are. Our staff members have to be in the office when you are taking the test, so the date and time information will be the same as Logan Campus. If you are attending one of the following USU campuses, here are the names and information of proctors you can contact to help you work with our staff to be able to proctor the test with them.

Campus Contacts

Information for Placement Tests

The below information pertains to testing on Logan Campus. If you would rather test out at a different location, please read above about testing out at USU auxiliary campuses or the SLC Testing Center.

Make an appointment for the test by visiting the department office in Old Main 069, calling 435-797-1209 or emailing jasmine.morales@usu.edu. The fee for testing is $35. The fee will be added to your banner account. You can find it on my.usu.edu under Finances>Touchnet pay. The fee must be paid before your appointment. After the placement test you will know what class you are eligible to take. You will be able to buy the lower division credits of the classes you passed out of as a CR (pass) credits. To buy the credits, you must be registered for at least one class at USU. You have 30 minutes to take this test.
Make an appointment for the test by visiting the department office in Old Main 069, calling 435-797-1209 or emailing jasmine.morales@usu.edu. The fee for testing is $35. The fee for testing is $35. The fee will be added to your banner account. You can find it on my.usu.edu under Finances>Touchnet pay. The fee must be paid before your appointment. After the placement test you will know what class you are eligible to take. You will be able to buy the lower division credits of the classes you passed out of as a CR (pass) credits. To buy the credits you must be registered for at least one class at USU. You have 30 minutes to take this test.
Make an appointment for the test by visiting the department office in Old Main 069, calling 435-797-1209 or emailing jasmine.morales@usu.edu. The fee for testing is $35. The fee will be added to your banner account. You can find it on my.usu.edu under Finances>Touchnet pay. The fee must be paid before your appointment. Bring a photo ID with you when you come to take the test in Main 069.

This is a 30-minute listening test. You will then be contacted by one of the instructors to set up a 15-minute speaking test. After these two parts are finished, you will find out what class to register for. You will need to contact our staff to open the class so that you can register. You will need to register for that class and pass it with an A or a B. If you pass into the upper division classes you need to take JAPN 3010 or 3020 to buy the lower classes. Once your grade is showing on your transcript you can contact our staff to pay for the credits on your Banner account, or you can come to Main 069 and pick up the form to buy the lower division credits of the class you passed. You have 1 hour to take this test.
Make an appointment for the test by visiting the department office in Old Main 069, calling 435-797-1209 or emailing jasmine.morales@usu.edu. The fee for testing is $35. Pick up the form to pay for the test in Main 069, or download the form off the website, You pay the fee at the registrar's office in TSC246, or you can contact our staff to pay the testing fee online. Bring the receipt and the form with you when you come to take the test in Main 069. After the placement test, you will know what class you are eligible to take. You will be able to buy the lower division credits of the class you passed into once you have passed that class with an A or B. If you pass into the upper division Chinese, in order to buy the lower credits you need to take 3010, 3020, or 3060. We test for Simplified and Traditional Mandarin Chinese. You have 2 hours to take this test.
Make an appointment for the test by visiting the department office in Old Main 069, calling 435-797-1209 or emailing jasmine.morales@usu.edu.The fee for testing is $35. The fee will be added to your banner account. You can find it on my.usu.edu under Finances>Touchnet pay. The fee must be paid before your appointment. After the placement test, you will know what class you are eligible to take. If you pass, you will be able to buy the lower division credits of the classes you passed out of as a CR (pass) credits. To buy the credits you must be registered for at least one class at USU. You have 30 minutes to take this test.
Make an appointment for the test by visiting the department office in Old Main 069, calling 435-797-1209 or emailing jasmine.morales@usu.edu. The fee for testing is $35. The fee will be added to your banner account. You can find it on my.usu.edu under Finances>Touchnet pay. The fee must be paid before your appointment.After the placement test, you will know what class you are eligible to take. If you pass, you will be able to buy the lower division credits of the classes you passed out of as a CR (pass) credits. To buy the credits you must be registered for at least one class at USU. You have 30 minutes to take this test.
You can also test out of languages other than the languages listed above through the BYU Flats test. You have 2.5 hours to take these tests. Please contact Jasmine Morales for more information, and you can learn more about how to take the BYU FLATS test here. Here is a full list of all the languages you can test out of for USU credit through this test:

  • Albanian
  • Arabic
  • Armenian
  • Bulgarian
  • Cambodian
  • Cantonese (Traditional & Simplified)
  • Cebuano
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Estonian
  • Fijian
  • Finnish
  • French
  • Georgian
  • German
  • Greek
  • Haitian-Creole
  • Hmong
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Ilonggo-Hillgaynon
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Malagasy
  • Malay
  • Mandarin (Traditional & Simplified)
  • Mongolian
  • Norwegian
  • Persian-Farsi
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Continental & Brazilian)
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Samoan
  • Serbian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Tagalog
  • Tahitian
  • Thai
  • Tongan
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese