Challenge Exams - South Asian Languages
Challenge Exams – South Asian, Chinese, and Korean Languages
** Spring 2013 Group Challenge Exams will be administered during the dates listed ONLY**
South Asian Languages
Over 300 languages are spoken in South Asia, but we can give challenge exams only in the following South Asian Languages: HINDI, TAMIL, URDU, BENGALI.
HINDI: Date: Wednesday, March 20 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm.
Students must contact Dr. Kamal Sridhar in 1117 Humanities Bldg. for answers to basic questions and to register for the exam. The exam will be administered in the Center for India Studies (E5350 Library).
Please note that there are 3 components to the Hindi Challenge Exam:
1. Speaking and Understanding
We get the student’s background information about them and their family by speaking in standard educated language. This helps us to determine how well the student understands and speaks the language. This is followed by the student reading a selected passage(s) from a short story written by well-known writers. Finally, the students are expected to write a one page essay on an assigned topic.
In speaking/understanding, we pay special attention to student’s command of conversational skills in the language. In reading passages, we watch for correct pronunciation and fluency in reading. For writing, we pay particular attention to spelling, grammar, and construction of sentences. By this level, the student should be able to read and write the language well, with minimal spelling errors.
For the following languages, please contact the proctor directly:
TAMIL: Prof. Lakshmi Swaminathan: Lakshmi.Swaminathan@stonybrook.edu
URDU: Ms. Bushra Butt: Bushra.Butt@stonybrook.edu or Prof. Sultan Hameed: Sultan.Hameed@stonybrook.edu
BENGALI: Date: TBA Students should come to Room 231 Engineering Building with payment receipt and Challenge Exam form signed by an academic advisor. Ms.Chandrani Roy: Chandrani.Roy@stonybrook.edu
Chinese Challenge Exam
Date: April 19, 2013 (Friday)
At least one week prior to the exam, you are required to see Prof. Kamling Wong in HUM 1114 to state which character version you plan to take (Simplified or Traditional).
Korean Challenge Exam
Please find the schedule for Korean exams in the following links:
Please note that each applicant is expected to submit to Professor Heejeong Sohn (N5520 Melville Library) the application form with an academic advisor’s signature and the receipt of the processing fee in