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The Foreign Language Challenge Exam                    (Last updated: 1/11/19)     

What is it?

Stony Brook University's Foreign Language Challenge Exam program allows students to satisfy the Skill 3 / LANG general education requirement, earn credits (in some cases), or receive the appropriate placement in a sequence of language classes. Challenge Exams can be taken in all languages taught at Stony Brook and in some other foreign languages, depending on the availability of qualified proctors. Students interested in taking a Challenge Exam should visit the  Language Learning Research Center. The LLRC is located in 2125 Humanities, on  the 2nd Floor (in the European Languages Literatures and Cultures "ELLC" Faculty Hallway). Call 631-632-6914 for more information.  To see what language courses are offered, go to  Languages at SBU

Am I eligible?

Below are the Challenge Exam Guidelines including other pertinent information:

Challenge Exam Guidelines 

 When are they offered?     (Chinese and Korean offer Group Sessions that begin promptly at the starting time.)

Chinese - Spring 2019 with Professor Tingda (Hannah) Li   

Exam Location: Melville Library E4315


100 & 200 level  exam:  Friday, April 19,  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
300 level exam: Friday, April 26, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
( The  300 Level Challenge Exam in Chinese is FULL; Applicants, graduating Seniors especially, should apply next term in the LLRC Office soon after noticing that the dates and times for Fall 2019 were posted above (similar to what is there already -- only, an update will include Fall 2019 exam dates), which may ensure a seat before the exam room is full. The Location, if unknown at that time, can post later. Thank you!


Bengali, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, and Tamil - Spring 2019 with Professor K. Sridhar

Exam Location:  Matoo Center for India Studies, Melville Library, E-5350 / Phone: 631 632-9742
Days/Times:                                                                Inquiries:                                                          
Monday, March 11, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Wednesday, March 13, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm                                                                           
  **Note: These are the only two dates the exam can be taken until Fall 2019 

Korean - Spring 2019  with Professor Jiwon Hwang

Exam Locations:  Please be aware that each testing date required the scheduling of separate Rooms in Frey. Please refer to the dates below and report at the correct location based on your individual sign-up date(s).  

                        Days/Times: *
Tuesday, February 26, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Frey Hall 305)       (Deadline to apply: Friday, 2/22,  4:00 pm)
Wednesday, April 3 , 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm (Frey Hall 217)             (Deadline to apply: Monday, 4/1, 4:00 pm)

 *Please note: If scheduling more than one exam, the exams must be taken sequentially, the lowest level on the first date.

 For more information or to schedule your Challenge Exam, please email or



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