Humanities, Language, & Culture

Experiential Language Credit Options

eThe experiential language credit options are designed to measure your ability to demonstrate competencies equal to those of students who have completed 2 to 4 semesters of college-level language study.

Many students acquire foreign language skills outside the classroom.

If you have previous foreign language experience, you must be admitted to SLCC with a declared program of study in order to receive academic credit for your knowledge.

  • Students with some previous language experience—Option 1 or 2
    • previous high-school or college coursework in a foreign language
  • Students with extensive previous language experience—Option 1 or 3
    • bilingual speakers or those who have spent at least 1.5 years in a non-English speaking country or area for religious service or extended study abroad
  • Students whose first language is other than English—Option 1, 3, 4, or 5
    • depending on specific circumstances

Option 1: Pass a language proficiency test—some or extensive or native foreign language experience

You may take either the Modern Language Association (MLA) or Foreign Language Achievement Test (FLATS) in many languages to receive credit at SLCC.

Modern Language Association:

  • The University of Utah offers the MLA (Modern Language Association) test.
  • MLA tests proficiency through LANG 2020.
  • The test is offered monthly in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian.
Details for taking this exam are available on the University of Utah Testing Center website. If you demonstrate advanced proficiency by achieving the scores listed below, you may have your test results sent to SLCC. SLCC will then post up to 18 non-graded semester credits to your transcript at a cost of $40 per credit. *
    • French - 85
    • German - 87
    • Italian - 103
    • Russian - 120
    • Spanish - 99

BYU FLATS:

  • Brigham Young University (BYU) offers the Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service (FLATS) in many languages.
  • FLATS tests proficiency through LANG 2010.

Details for taking this exam are available on the Brigham Young University website.

Test is proctored at various locations including Salt Lake Community College.

If you demonstrate advanced proficiency on the test you may have the results sent to SLCC. SLCC will then post up to 14 non-graded semester credits to your transcript for each section that has a grade of P (Pass) at a cost of $40 per credit.*

*Students who take a test to purchase credits have two semesters from the test date to buy the credits.

Note: Once you have taken the MLA or BYU FLATS exam, please have your results sent to SLCC. Determine credits to be purchased.  Pay $40 per credit for each course at campus cashiering. Obtain a posting slip from the SLCC Office of the Registrar and Academic Records or any campus cashier. Once paid, return the posting slip and receipt to the Transfer Evaluation Office. Credit will be posted to your academic record as non-graded (“TR” for Transfer) credit. You will be notified by email when your credit has been posted.

Option 2: Pass a higher-level course at SLCC—some previous foreign language experience

The successful completion of LANG 2010 fulfills the AA Language requirement for most but not all degrees; please check the program description in the college catalog.

You may complete the 3rd or 4th semester level (LANG 2010 or LANG 2020) of any foreign language to fulfill your Associate of Arts language requirement. 

To enroll in a 2nd year language course and override the prerequisite requirement, students must receive instructor approval. For assistance with approval, contact the Humanities Department:

Phone:       801-957-4338
Location:   Taylorsville Redwood Road Campus
                    Academic and Administration Building (AAB) Room 165

Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Monday - Friday

Option 3: Enroll in LANG 3060 at U of U—extensive or native foreign language experience

  • You may enroll in LANG 3060 at the University of Utah
    • A passing grade of C- or better can be used to fulfill your AA requirement.
  • You are not permitted to enroll in first or second year courses.

Note: Students who pass LANG 2010, LANG 2020, or University of Utah LANG 3060 with a B- grade or better may in addition be permitted to purchase first year language credits. When grades have been posted at the end of the semester, obtain a “Language Challenge Slip” from the Humanities department. Take the slip to a campus cashier and pay $50 for each course (1010 and/or 1020) you want to purchase. Then take the slip to Testing Services. They will notify the Registrar and it will be posted on your transcript as non-graded (“P” for passing) credit for first-year courses.

Students will only need to purchase credit for Language 1010 and 1020 courses if they want to increase their lower division credit hours. The successful completion of LANG 2010 fulfills the AA Language requirement for most degrees. Successful completion of LANG 2020 or University of Utah LANG 3060 automatically fulfills the BA language requirement.

Option 4: Pass English as a Second Language (ESL) course—native foreign language experience

  • Complete 3 or more credits of ESL 1020 or higher ESL coursework with a grade of C- or better.
  • Students must be placed into the ESL course by their Accuplacer test scores.

Option 5: Pass a 2nd Year English Course (for students who don’t need ESL)—native foreign language experience

  • Complete ENGL 2010 or higher with a grade of C- or better.
  • This option is for students who graduated from high school in a non-English speaking country and speak English well enough to not need ESL classes.
  • Students must 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 program academic advisor at 801-957-3866.