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Foreign Language Placement Information

Because of the increasing globalization of culture, society, and the economy, every student in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and the School of Communication and Journalism must demonstrate a certain level of foreign language proficiency to graduate from Stony Brook (LANG requirement).  To satisfy the foreign language requirement, students must pass the second semester of an elementary foreign language course (numbered 101 or 112) with a letter grade of C or higher, or enroll in a foreign language course at the intermediate level or higher and earn a grade of C or better.  Graduates from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences students are exempt from this requirement. 

 

Foreign Language Placement Examination

The Foreign Language Placement Examination is used to place students into the appropriate level of elementary language courses at Stony Brook or to satisfy the foreign language requirement. Unless you have already met the language requirement via one of the exceptions listed below, you must complete the Foreign Language Placement exam. 

Students who plan to pursue a major/minor in Linguistics, Asian & Asian American Studies, English, or a language program of study and will need to take a placement exam as soon as possible so that they are able to register for language courses in their first semester. Indicate this on your Advising Planning Form on SOLAR and you will be contacted with further instructions.

Students who plan to pursue programs of study other than those listed above should plan to take the placement exam during their first semester at Stony Brook. More information is available through the Language Learning Research Center.

 

Satisfying requirements with transfer and test scores prior to entering Stony Brook

Proficiency for some students will be determined prior to their entering Stony Brook by transfer credits, Regents examination, SAT II scores, or AP scores.   Proficiency for other students will be determined by taking the Foreign Language Placement Examination. 

  • Students who have received AP scores on a foreign language or literature exam with a score of 3 or higher will satisfy the foreign language requirement. 
  • Students who have transfer college credit equivalent to the second-semester introductory or higher level foreign language course from a regionally accredited institution with a grade of C or higher will satisfy the foreign language requirement. 
  • If students have at least two years of formal language study at a secondary school or university where the primary language of instruction is other than English, then transcripts from the institution may be submitted to demonstrate foreign language proficiency.
  • Students with a score of 530 or higher on the SAT II in a foreign language will satisfy the foreign language requirement. 
  • Students with a score of 85 or higher on a New York State foreign language Regents examination taken in 2011 or earlier will satisfy the foreign language requirement .
  • Students with a score of 5 or higher on the Higher Level IB exam.

 

Test or Course

Score

Result

Foreign Language Course

SAT II

Foreign Language

530 or higher

Satisfies foreign language  requirement

None required for Skill 3 or LANG fulfillment

(qualified for 211)

New York State Regents Exam 
(2011 or earlier)

Foreign Language

85 or higher

Satisfies foreign language  requirement

None required for Skill 3 or LANG fulfillment

(qualified for 211)

AP

Foreign Language

3 or higher

Satisfies foreign language  requirement

None required for Skill 3 or LANG fulfillment

(qualified for 211)

Secondary School or University
primary language of instruction other than English

Two or more years

Satisfies foreign language  requirement

None required for Skill 3 or LANG fulfillment

(qualified for 211)

Transfer

Foreign Language, 112 equivalent   

C or higher

Satisfies foreign language  requirement

None required for Skill 3 or LANG fulfillment

(qualified for 211)

IB Exam

Higher level

Score of 5 or higher

Satisfies foreign language  requirement

None required for Skill 3 or LANG fulfillment

(qualified for 211)

 

 

Foreign Language Exam Scores

Test or Course

Score

Result

Foreign Language Course

None

 

Take two-semester elementary foreign language course sequence 

Enroll in a course  sequence numbered 101 or 111/112

Foreign Language Placement Exam

Take two-semester elementary foreign language course sequence 

Enroll in a course sequence numbered 101 or 111/112

Foreign Language Placement Exam

2

Waives from first semester of elementary foreign language course sequence

Enroll in a course numbered 112

Foreign Language Placement Exam

3

Satisfies foreign language  requirement

None required for Skill 3 or LANG fulfillment

(qualified for 201 or 211)

Foreign Language Placement Exam

4

Satisfies foreign language  requirement

None required for Skill 3 or LANG fulfillment

(qualified for 212 in all languages except Spanish*)

Foreign Language Placement Exam

5

Satisfies foreign language  requirement

None required for Skill 3 or LANG fulfillment

(qualified for upper division)

*Students who score a 4 on the foreign language placement exam in Spanish should speak directly to the Spanish department for placement into upper division courses.

Other Ways to Satisfy the Foreign Language Requirement
Students who are proficient in a language not offered at Stony Brook may satisfy the foreign language requirement through the Challenge Examination Program, administered by the Language Learning Research Center (LLRC). For details, go to  www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/llrc/placement_challenge_exams/challenge_exam.html .

This requirement may be fulfilled by certain study abroad immersion programs. For more information, visit: www.stonybrook.edu/studyabroad/

Students who do not satisfy the foreign language requirement by any of the means listed above will be required to take a  two-semester elementary foreign language course sequence.