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PLEASE NOTE: Foreign Language Placement Exams for French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Korean and Italian are proctored online and can be taken anytime. To sign up for an exam in one of these languages:

  • New students at Gordon can find the Language Placement Survey in your New Student Task List. 
  • Current students can email advising@gordon.edu to request the sign-up form.


Students who know or have studied a language other than the ones listed above may take the BYU-FLATS exam in that language in order to meet (validate) their CORE language requirement. The College will offer a proctored session each semester for students to take this exam on campus. Students should give this a high priority as an academic requirement.  See below for the list of languages offered through BYU-FLATS and proctored at Gordon College.

Students who have submitted a TOEFL, IELTS, or qualifying score on an SATII subject test to the College for admissions do not need to take one of these exams.


1. Check the languages offered below.

2. Watch for the date for the next exam.

3. When completing BYU-FLATS registration, please note the following information:

Proctor Information: Bonnie Ross, Humanities Department, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham, MA 01984, (978) 867-4568, bonnie.ross@gordon.edu

Additional results can be sent to: Virginia Mayne, Registrar's Office, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham, MA 01984, (978) 867-4244, virginia.mayne@gordon.edu

4. Register for a BYU-FLATS exam. You will need a credit card and your proctor's information (please see above).

5. Next BYU-FLATS exam on Gordon's campus: Tuesday, October 20, 2020, in Room 118, Ken Olsen Science Center, starting at 5 p.m.

These exams:

  • May be used to meet (validate) the CORE requirement in another language when students receive a passing grade on 101 and 102 of that language.
  • May be used to meet the language requirement for International Business.
  • May be used to meet the first three (of four) semesters for the International Affairs language requirement*
  • Grant a Pass/Fail decision on courses equivalent to 101, 102, and 201.
  • Count as validation only if the appropriate course equivalency receives a result of PASS (not FAIL).
  • Do not receive credit hours at Gordon.

*Consult with your advisor about how to meet the fourth semester early at Gordon.

List of languages available for in-person proctored online testing at Gordon College. Cost is $50. Register with BYU-FLATS at least 2 weeks prior to the exam.

Albanian Georgian Persian-Farsi
Arabic Greek Polish
Armenian Haitian-Creole Portuguese-Brazilian
Bulgarian Hmong Portuguese-Continental
Cambodian Hungarian Romanian
Cantonese-Simplified                     Icelandic         Russian
Cantonese-Traditional Ilonggo-Hiligaynon               Samoan
Cebuano Indonesian Serbian
Croatian Japanese Swedish
Czech Latvian Tagalog
Danish Lithuanian Tahitian
Dutch Malagasy Thai
Estonian Malay Tongan
Fijian Mongolian Ukrainian
Finnish Norwegian Vietnamese


List of languages available for in-person proctored pencil and paper testing at Gordon College. Cost is $75. Register with BYU-FLATS 4-6 weeks prior to the exam. 

Afrikaans, Aymara, Cakchiquel,  Guarani, Maori, Navajo, Quechua, Rarotongan, and Welsh

Day of the BYU-FLATS exam please bring:

  • Registration confirmation number (provided by BYU-FLATS after registering online)
  • Photo ID
  • Good set of headphones

Please take care of all "personal needs" prior to entering the testing session. Once a test has begun, it must be completed without interruption.

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