Challenge Exam

Challenge Exams are administered by the Department of Languages & Cultures for any language taught at the University. These are:

  • Offered only at the Intermediate level (2100 and 2110)
  • Can be taken for the purpose of purchasing credits only before a student earns 90 credits 
  • If taken after earning 90 credits no credits may be purchased, but a waiver from the language requirement may be issued.

For languages not taught at WPU, challenge exams may be taken at NYU (upon payment of their fee). NYU challenge exams will be accepted for credit or waiver as outlined above.

The William Paterson University Challenge Exam is offered for:


  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Persian
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Turkish


Students who have

  • less than 90 credits can purchase three (3) or six (6) credits if they pass the exam.
  • over 90 credits can only take the exam for a waiver from the language requirement.

For any other question on the language requirement, please contact lc-placement; so your question can be sent to the correct person.