Tagalog Exemption Exam

UCI students who speak and read Tagalog can take a Tagalog exemption exam to satisfy Category VI and VIII General Education requirements.


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 Tagalog exemption test is administered by BYU FLATS. Please refer to https://info.flats.byu.edu/ for more information regarding requesting the Tagalog exemption exam.

Notification of Results

Once you have received your results from BYU, please send a copy of your results to the Academic Testing Center.  

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.