Foreign Language Competency

Beginning with students initially entering a Florida College System institution or state university in fall 2014
and thereafter, (including former dual enrollment students entering college for the first time following high school graduation in fall 2014 or thereafter), coursework for an Associate in Arts degree shall include demonstration of competency in a foreign language pursuant to s.1007.262, Florida Statutes.

Competency may be met through any of the following means:

Completion of two years of high school instruction in the same foreign language (with a grade of D or higher); completion of a college-level course at the Elementary-2 level (or higher) in a foreign language or in American Sign Language (ASL) (e.g., SPN 1121 Spanish 2, FRE 1121 French 2, ASL 1150 American Sign Language 2); achievement of minimum scores on a foreign language proficiency exam; achievement of appropriate scores on nationally standardized examination programs in accordance with recommendations established by the statewide Articulation Coordinating Committee (ACC); or documented completion of a high school diploma from a foreign country where the student studied in a language other than English.

Foreign Language Competency Exams without earning college credit

Students who cannot provide documentation of their competency in a foreign language may satisfy their foreign language requirement by demonstrating their competency utilizing a foreign language competency exam offered by a third party and administered through the EFSC Testing Services at the Melbourne Campus Assessment Center (Bldg. 10, Rm 218). These exams will evaluate skills including listening comprehension, reading comprehension, vocabulary and grammatical accuracy.

Foreign language proficiency testing is offered at EFSC utilizing the Brigham Young University (BYU) Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service (FLATS) exams as a proctored exam. EFSC students will be assessed $25 FLATS Service Fee payable to EFSC and be responsible for BYU test fee payment.

These exams are pass/fail, require 60% proficiency to pass, and no credit is awarded. Most exams are 2½ hours in length and computer based at a cost of $50; 10 exams indicated by an * in the chart below are administered with paper and pencil and cost $75.

Exams are available for the following languages:
Afrikaans* Albanian  Arabic  Armenian 
Aymara* Bulgarian Cakchiquel* Cambodian 
Cantonese-Simplified Cantonese -Traditional  Cebuano  Croatian 
Czech  Danish  Dutch  Estonian 
Fijian Finnish Georgian  Greek
Guarani*  Haitian-Creole Hmong  Hungarian 
Icelandic  Ilonggo-Hiligaynon  Indonesian  Italian 
Japanese  Korean  Latvian  Lithuanian 
Malagasy  Malay  Mandarin-Simplified  Mandarin -Traditional 
Maori- New Zealand*  Mongolian  Navajo*  Norwegian
Persian-Farsi Polish Portuguese-Brazilian Portuguese-Continental
Quechua* Rarotongan* Romanian Russian
Samoan Serbian Swedish Tagalog
Tahitian Thai Tongan Ukrainian
Vietnamese Welsh*    

*Indicates paper/pencil version at $75 exam fee. All others $50 exam fee

Test Preparation

EFSC has no preparation materials available. We suggest students review their reading ability in the language. Conversational interaction with a friend with whom you can practice both listening and speaking the language is recommended.

Registration Process for FLATS Exam at EFSC's Melbourne Campus Assessment Center
  • Confirm with EFSC Academic Advisor of need to meet Foreign Language Proficiently requirement.
  • Call the Coordinator of Collegewide Testing to request FLATS testing at 321-433-5876.  EFSC Service fee of $25 will be posted to your student account. Payment may be in the form of check or money order at an EFSC Cashier's Office or via Credit Card through the myEFSC Portal/Titan Web with a credit card transaction service fee.
  • When service fee is paid, the student will be provided the BYU registration link for purchase of a FLATS exam. Cost for most exams is $50; some that are available only as paper and pencil versions cost $75.
  • Your exam is valid for up to 6 months from registration date; if not taken within 6 months, a new registration and fee payment will be required.
  • You must complete the registration process and payment at least one day prior to the scheduled exam administration date. Paper and pencil administrations may require more time if test material is sent postal mail.
Test Day

Students will report to the Melbourne Campus Assessment Center (Bldg. 10, Rm 218) 15 minutes prior to scheduled appointment and present photo ID. No electronic devices or translation dictionaries are permitted during test administration.

Results

The student will receive official results within two weeks of completing the test. Score results will be mailed to the student’s address indicated at the time of registration. The official results will also be mailed to EFSC as long as the student indicated the College on the online registration form. Official results must be received by EFSC to verify the Foreign Language Competency requirement has been satisfied. If the student checks the "hold" box on the registration form, the scores will not be sent to EFSC.