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Korean Challenge Exam

IMPORTANT: You are responsible for all the information and instructions on this page. Deadlines for these steps will be announced by your instructor. Please note: if you have an accommodations letter you are responsible to notify the Department before you take the Challenge Exam.

The Challenge Exam allows BYU students who served a Korean-speaking mission, who learned Korean at home, or who had a significant immersion experience for which they did not receive academic credit, to demonstrate their proficiency and to receive graded credit.

The Challenge Exam is not intended for individuals for whom the Korean language is their dominant language, nor for those who have completed three or more years of education in which classes are conducted in Korean, or the equivalent.


  • The exam must be taken during the time you are enrolled in KOREA 301 at BYU.
  • Native speakers cannot take the exam for credit.


If you are eligible, please click here to request to take the Korean Challenge Exam. There is a $20 non-refundable fee to take the challenge exam. Please note:

  • If you do not finish the Korean class, you will not be able to receive credit for the challenge exam.
  • The Korean challenge exam allows BYU students to receive graded credit for the following courses without taking them: KOREA 101, KOREA 102, KOREA 201 & KOREA 202
  • Challenge exam credit will not be given for a class in which you are currently enrolled.
  • You may not challenge BYU language classes you have already taken.
  • Credit will be given only for courses that are sequenced before the lowest course you start with after coming or returning to BYU.
  • Dates for the challenge time will be given in class. Typically, it is offered early in October and February.
  • After being approved to take the Korean Challenge Exam, you will need to schedule a time to take it. Visit to schedule a testing time.
  • Students have only one year to accept the credits if they pass the challenge exam. Watch your BYU student email and follow the link to accept the credits.
  • There are no make-up exams. If you miss your test date (given only once during KOREA 301), you will not be allowed to make it up at any later date.