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Challenge Exams

You can complete some University requirements by taking an Exemption or Challenge Exam. Challenge Exams carry credit and a grade while Exemption Exams only fill a requirement.

Students

You may request to earn credit through a challenge examination if you meet the following conditions:

  • You are currently enrolled OR have completed a BYU course other than through Independent Study
  • You are not currently suspended from BYU.
  • You have not graduated.
    • If you are a graduate student, you may challenge credit specific to your graduate program.

*Although you may request to challenge a course(s) for credit, individual departments determine whether or not an examination exists and/or will be offered.

Request an Exam

Part 1 – Before the Exam

  1. Go to challengeexam.byu.edu
  2. Click on “Request Challenge Exam”
  3. Select Teaching Area from drop-down list
  4. Select Course(s) from drop-down list
  5. Check box agreeing to the examination fee (student will only have to pay the $20 fee if exam is approved)
  6. Submit Request
  7. Check YMessage (message will be sent when the exam is approved/denied)
    *OR check challengeexam.byu.edu under “Exam Status” tab
  8. If/When approved, pay the $20 fee (charged to student account-My Financial Center)
  9. Contact specific department and/or testing center for instructions on how, when, and where to take exam.

Part 2 – After the Exam

  1. Check YMessage (notification will be sent when exam has been graded)
  2. Click on link in YMessage (brings student to challengeexam.byu.edu to see the grade of his/her exam)
  3. Under Transcript Action column select “Post to Transcript” or “Discard Grade”
  4. Grade will appear on transcript within 24 hours (ONLY if a student already has BYU credit on transcript)

If you have any questions, please contact us at 801-422-2631 or send us a YMessage.

For information about the dean/department chair procedure for challenge exams, see Challenge Exams for Departments.

Less Commonly Taught Languages

If you would like to test for a less commonly taught language, please contact the FLATS department.