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Challenge Exams allow students to place into a language class and/or to meet Stony Brook's SBC: LANG for languages for which an FLPE exam is not offered. Challenge Exams also allow students to challenge select language courses for credit, and to earn the corresponding SBCs.

Hindi Challenge Exam

Hindi challenge exams are administered during the fall and spring semesters on specific dates that will be established at the beginning of each semester.

SPRING  '24 Exam Dates:

April 19, 2024 - 2-4pm
Mattoo Center for India Studies, Melville Library E5350
April 26, 2024  - 2-4pm
Mattoo Center for India Studies, Melville Library E5350

This challenge exam is for the language SBC -- [LANG] -- and costs $50. If you pass the exam, you will not receive credits on your transcript, however you will receive the SBC for [LANG]. In some cases and with permission, students can challenge other HIN courses. 

The Challenge Exam consists of four parts:

    • speaking
    • understanding
    • reading
    • writing

The level expected on the exam is that of someone graduating from high school. The student must be able to translate freely from the challenge language to English and vice-versa. Students should be fully versed in grammar, not use any English words in their speaking and writing, and use correct spelling.

If you do not read or write the language, you cannot take the Challenge Exam.

After confirming your eligibility to register, please follow the instructions below:

(1) Fill out the below form. Save it as a .pdf file.

Proficiency Only

(2) Make a payment online through Solar in the "What do I Owe" Section -- There is no bill, so pay the exact amount ($50 For Proficiency). Please follow this navigation: SOLAR>Campus Financial Services> Account Information/Payment>What Do I Owe? From this page scroll down to 'Pay Tuition & Fees' and follow the steps to make a payment. Again, you will not receive a bill, so make the exact payment of $50.

(3) After making payment, send the completed form as an attachment (pdf) in an email to the Bursar with a copy to the LLRC. Please use these 2 email addresses:


(4) The Bursar will confirm with the LLRC that you have paid the correct amount. After the exam, the proctor will communicate the results to us, and we will report them to the Registrar to appear on your transcript.

Once you have completed the form and paid, you will be fully registered and can report to the testing location on the day of your choosing.