Tagalog Exemption Exam


The Tagalog Exemption Test is offered to students as an alternative means for satisfying the Language Other Than English requirement (Category VI) and one quarter of the International/Global Issues (Category VIII) General Education requirement. You should take this test if you have a strong background in Tagalog 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 Tagalog is the Brigham Young University Foreign Language Achievement test. It consists of 80 multiple-choice questions in Listening and Reading Comprehension and last 90 minutes. The highest proficiency level attainable at UCI by taking the Tagalog exam is 2A.

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


The Tagalog Examination 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 Tagalog are encouraged to take this exam. The best preparation for the exam is the gradual development of competence in Tagalog 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.

*Please note. Registration and exam availability during this time of the Covid pandemic has resulted in extended examination appointment dates. For this quarter, the exam is offered by appointment until the end of week five for the Fall quarter. Be sure to check back for updates.

Notification of Results

Results will not be available by telephone. A paper copy of test results will be available during Finals Week in the Academic 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 breadth testing,
please e-mail the Academic Testing Center at testcenter@uci.edu
or call our office at (949) 824-6207 or 
contact your academic counseling office.