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Students who know or have studied a language not otherwise tested at Gordon may opt to take the BYU-FLATS exam in that language in order to meet (validate) their CORE language requirement.

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.

The College will offer a session each semester for students to take this exam on campus. Students should give this a high priority as an academic requirement. Announcements of this date will be made well in advance in Student News and on this page.


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 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).

  • Please note: For the online exams, you will need to register 2-4 weeks prior to the exam.  For the pencil and paper exams, you will need to register 4-6 weeks prior to the exam.

5. Next BYU-FLATS exam on Gordon's campus: Please note - the date and time have been changed to Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in Room 118, Ken Olsen Science Center, starting at 5:30 p.m.

6. Information Session regarding the FLATS exam will be held: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in Jenks 211, at 4:45 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 online testing at $50:

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

The following languages are available only as pencil and paper tests that cost $75. We recommend that students register at least a month in advance of the on-campus testing date in order to take these exams. Our on-campus proctor and registrar representative will be the same as for all other exams on this page.

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

Day of the Test
If you have registered for a BYU-FLATS exam, please read through the following information.

What to bring:

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

Leave all other (valuable) personal items in your room.

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

Check back for announcements.