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:

  • Arabic
  • 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. (Portuguese speakers will be directed to Faculty representatives to determine their proficiency rather than testing.)

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

How to Schedule a Test

Students must schedule a time with our Testing Coordinator, Darla Moore, in order to complete a Language Test. She can be reached at the contact information below. Language Tests are offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00am 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.

Testing Contact

Testing Details

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If you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches and chills, or decreased sense of smell or taste, you will need to re-book your appointment. We are currently only proctoring one test at a time. While it is no longer required to wear masks, students and staff are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing during testing.

Logan Campus

Testing Location: Old Main 204
Time: By appointment between Monday-Friday, 9:00AM-4:00PM during Fall/Spring/Summer semesters

Fall-Spring Semester testing hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00AM to 4:00PM. This are the times for  French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.  We test once per hour, so 9:00, 10:00, etc. You need to have an appointment.   Testing fee is $35. We are a certified proctor to give the BYU Flats test, this test can be taken at the Logan and Price campuses.

If you are interested in taking the test, fill out the form below, pay the fee to the Registrar's Office, and bring it to room Old Main 204.

CAPE Test Form (Logan Campus Only)

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 204, calling 435-797-1209 or emailing lpcs@usu.edu. We test for Arabic 1010-2020. It is $35 to take the test. After you pass with an A or a B you can purchase the lower classes. The fee is $500 for a package of 16 credits if you pass all 4 lower-level classes. You may buy the credits in a bundle. To buy the lower credits you tested out of, contact our staff or come to Old Main 204.
Make an appointment for the test by visiting the department office in Old Main 204, calling 435-797-1209 or emailing lpcs@usu.edu. The fee for testing is $35. Pick up the form to pay for the test in Main 204 or download it off of the website. You can pay online by contacting our staff. If you pay the fee at the registrar's office, located at TSC 246, bring the receipt, the form and a photo ID with you when you come to take the test in Main 204. 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 1 hour to take this test.
Make an appointment for the test by visiting the department office in Old Main 204, calling 435-797-1209 or emailing lpcs@usu.edu. The fee for testing is $35. Pick up the form to pay for the test in Main 204, or down load the form off the website. You can pay online by contacting our staff. If you pay the fee at the registrar's office, located at TSC 246, bring the receipt, the form and a photo ID with you when you come to take the test in Main 204. 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 1 hour to take this test.
Make an appointment for the test by visiting the department office in Old Main 204, calling 435-797-1209 or emailing lpcs@usu.edu. The fee for testing is $35. Pick up the form to pay for the test in Main 204, or download the form off the website, or contact our staff if you would like to pay online. If you pay the fee at the registrar's office, located in TSC 246, bring the receipt, form and a photo ID with you when you come to take the test in Main 204.

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 204 and pick up the form to buy the lower division credits of the class you passed.
Make an appointment for the test by visiting the department office in Old Main 204, calling 435-797-1209 or emailing lpcs@usu.edu. The fee for testing is $35. Pick up the form to pay for the test in Main 204, 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 204. 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. The test takes two hours.
Make an appointment for the test by visiting the department office in Old Main 204, calling 435-797-1209 or emailing lpcs@usu.edu. The fee for testing is $35. Pick up the form to pay for the test in Main 204, or download the form off the website. You can pay online by contacting our staff. If you pay the fee at the registrar's office, located in TSC 246, bring the receipt, the form and a photo ID with you when you come to take the test in Main 204. 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 1 hour to take this test.
Make an appointment for the test by visiting the department office in Old Main 204, calling 435-797-1209 or emailing lpcs@usu.edu. The fee for testing is $35. Pick up the form to pay for the test in Main 204, or down load the form off the website. You can pay online by contacting our staff. If you pay the fee at the registrar's office, located in TSC 246, bring the receipt, the form, and a photo ID with you when you come to take the test in Main 204. After the placement test you will know what class you are eligible to take. After the test, 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 1 hour to take this test.
You can also test out of languages other than the languages listed above through the BYU Flats test. Portuguese and Korean speakers will be directed to Faculty representatives to determine their proficiency rather than testing. Please contact Darla Moore 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