Farsi Exemption Exam


The Farsi Exemption Test is offered to students as an alternative means for satisfying the Language Other Than English General Education requirement (Category VI) and the International/Global Issues (Category VIII) requirements. You should take this test if you have a strong background in Farsi and are not interested in taking additional course work. 

This test may be taken only once. No University credit is given. There is no fee to take the test if you are a UCI student. 


The examination used for Farsi is the Brigham Young University Foreign Language Achievement Test. This exam lasts about 90 minutes and contains 125-item multiple-choice questions in Listening Comprehension, Grammar/Vocabulary, and Reading Comprehension. The highest proficiency level attainable at UCI by taking the Farsi exam is 2A.

If you are an International Studies major, this exemption exam cannot satisfy the 2B level foreign language requirement.


The Farsi Exemption Exam is designed for students who have studied the language for three or four years in secondary school or the equivalent. However, native speakers and students with other forms of strong preparation in Farsi are encouraged to take the exam. The best preparation for the exam is the gradual development of competence in Farsi over a period of years. No specific textbook is recommended.


The test will be administered during the academic year only. Registration, required to take the test, will be open during the second week of each quarter. You may register in person with your UCI photo ID card at the Academic Testing Center, 3040 Anteater Instruction and Research Building. At the time you register, you will be given information on the date, time, and location of the test. 

Notification of Results

Results will not be available by telephone; rather, the student will be notified via e-mail when exam results are in. A paper copy of test results will be available during Finals Week in the Testing Center. Presentation of a UCI photo ID is a requirement. Notification will be sent to each student's academic unit. However, the results will not appear on the student's transcript.

If you need further information on language testing, please e-mail the AcademicTesting Center at testcenter@uci.edu or call our office at (949) 824-6207 or contact your academic counseling office.