Experiential Language Credit Options

Many students acquire foreign language skills outside the classroom. SLCC’s experiential language credit options allow you to demonstrate competencies equal to those of students who have completed four or more semesters of college-level language study.

  • This option is designed for students who have significant experience in the target language and are probably too advanced to take a language course at SLCC – but who need to complete their foreign language requirement for the SLCC’s A.A. degree, or for the B.A. degree at the U. of Utah, for example.
    • Please note that you must be admitted to SLCC with a declared program of study in order to take advantage of this possibility.
  • If you want to study a foreign language at SLCC, please read about our the SLCC Language Placement Exam.
  • Note: This information is effective immediately. If you have already taken the BYU “FLATS,” or the U. of Utah language test, you can still use your score to fulfill your language requirement and/or to purchase course credits. You have two semesters from the test date to buy credits. Please see Sidney McGuire Brown, the department’s academic advisor.


The SLCC Language Proficiency Exam, available at no cost to current SLCC students, allows you to complete your language requirement without taking a class.

It is available in Arabic, Chinese Mandarin (Traditional and Simplified), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian (as of April 2017), and Spanish.

You may take it on a walk-in basis in TB 418, Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 3:30 PM. The test takes about 3 hours, and it takes approximately two weeks to get your result. You may take it at any time during the semester.

According to your score, one of the following things will happen:

  • You will place into a 3000-4000 level course. This means you’ve completed your A.A./B.A. language requirement. Your result will be sent to the SLCC’s Office of the Registrar and Academic Records, and your transcript will show that the requirement has been met once credits have been purchased.
    • We ask that you consult the department’s academic advisor, Sidney McGuire Brown, after receiving this result. You can make an appointment.
    • You will be eligible to purchase up to 18 hours of language credit, at a cost of $40 per credit hour. Please discuss this option with the advisor before you decide to do so.
    • To continue your study of this language, you are encouraged to explore options at the U. of Utah or other four-year institutions.
  • You may place into a 2010 or 2020 course in the target language. You can still purchase credit hours, if you wish; please see the SLCC Language Placement Exam page.

Testing in Other Languages

The SLCC Language Proficiency Exam is available in Arabic, Chinese Mandarin (Traditional and Simplified), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian (as of April 2017), and Spanish; see above for details on taking this test.

If you wish to show proficiency in another language - in Portuguese, for example - you will need to take the “FLATS” test offered by Brigham Young University (BYU).

  • Click here to see if testing in your language is available.
  • The FLATS tests your proficiency through LANG 2010 only.
  • The exam fee is $50 and is paid at the time of registration for the exam.
  • The exam is proctored at various locations including Salt Lake Community College.
  • To test at SLCC:
    • Register for BYU FLATS
    • Select SLCC as the testing site. To register, you will need to provide BYU with the following SLCC proctor:

      Bernadette Astorga-Martinez

    • You then contact SLCC Testing Services to set up an appointment to take the exam at 801-957-4964. We suggest waiting two business days after registering before you set up the appointment, to allow BYU to process your registration.
    • Once you’ve taken the FLATS exam, please have your results sent to SLCC.
    • If you demonstrate advanced proficiency on the test (each section that has a grade of P), you may purchase up to 14 non-graded semester credits at a cost of $40 per credit. You have two semesters from the test date to buy the credits.

Using English to Meet the Language Requirement

If you are a non-native speaker of English, you can use English course work to meet your language requirement.

  • Complete 3 or more credits of ESL 1020 or higher ESL coursework with a grade of C- or better. You must be placed into the ESL course by your Accuplacer test scores.
  • If you graduated from high school in a non-English speaking country but don’t need ESL, you can meet your requirement by completing ENGL 2010 or higher with a grade of C- or better.
    • You will be required to provide a high school (or higher) transcript documenting graduation outside the U.S., at a non-English speaking school, in a non-English speaking country.


For questions regarding the transfer of experiential language credit to other Utah institutions of higher education, please contact the SLCC Humanities academic advisor, Sidney McGuire Brown.