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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.

Polish Challenge Exam

Polish challenge exams are administered by a proctor on a one-on-one basis.

Please carefully review the guidelines to confirm your eligibility. 

The first step to register for the Polish challenge exam is to email Prof. Timothy Westphalen for permission. Once permission is granted, you can follow the below steps to register. Do not register for the Polish challenge exam until you have contacted Prof. Westphalen.  

The Polish 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].  

It is possible, also with permission, to challenge Polish 112 for 3 credits (It is recorded as EEL 112 = Eastern European Language 112). If you pass the exam, you will satisfy the corresponding Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC(s) - i.e. LANG, etc.) and you will receive credits with a grade of "S" (Satisfactory) on your transcript. The cost is $77 per transcript credit.

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

(1) Fill out the correct version of the below form. Save it as a .pdf file. Please use the Proficiency Only form for LANG only or the Challenge for Credits form for LANG plus credits and SBCs.  

(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; $77 per credit for transcript credits).  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.

(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 both of these 2 email addresses:

(4) The Bursar will confirm with the LLRC that you have paid the correct amount. Once payment confirmation is received, the proctor will be advised and they will contact you to arrange the exam. The exam is either in person or via Zoom, at the discretion of the proctor. After the exam, the proctor will communicate the results to the LLRC, and the LLRC will report them to the Registrar to appear on your transcript.