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Foreign Language Challenge Exam                  (Last updated: 9/20/19)     

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 email:

Students of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish can take the FLPE to satisfy Skill 3/LANG and receive the appropirate placement in a sequence of language classes.  

To see what language courses are offered, go to Languages at SBU

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