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Military English exams in Poland

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Illustration to the article on military English exams in Poland according to Stanag6001

Stanag6001 – Military English exams in Poland

It has been a long time since I received some questions about military English exams in Poland for the first time. I have never tried to answer such questions thouroughly on my website. I rather dealt with them in e-mails or via vcita widget. It’s high time to wrap up all the necessary information and provide you with the complete guide. If you follow my channel on YouToube you might have noticed the first part of this guide on ‘where and when to sit an exam in Poland’:

What you cannot find in this video are the crucial details, such as an application letter and the proper addresses of the Polish institutions. That is why at the bottom of the article you have the full list of them with the handy example/template of a letter.

 Exams on level 3 or 4

In Poland you can take a military English exam according to Stanag6001 on any level you wish, but procedures are different depending on the level. The only school authorised to accept foreigners for level 3 and 4 exams is WSNJO in Łódź (The Polish Armed Forces School of Languages). It is also the seat of Central Examinations Board for Foreign Languages of the Ministry of National Defence (CEBFL). If you want to take a level 3 or a level 4 exam you must obtain a consent from the Director of The Science and Military Education Department (POL: Dyrektor Departamentu Nauki i Szkolnictwa Wojskowego). To seek his consent you must write an application letter and send it via post to the following address:

Departament Nauki i Szkolnictwa Wojskowego
Al. Niepodległości 218
00-911 Warszawa
Poland

The letter should contain multiple pieces of information, mostly to identify your person and to allow Polish Counter Intelligence services to conduct background checks before allowing you to enter Polish military facilities (all exams take place in military universities, schools or other military-run institutions). Therefore you must provide as the minimum:

  • your current military rank,
  • your name and surname,
  • your current post,
  • the name of the unit you serve in,
  • your date of birth,
  • your ID or passport number (the one you will use to enter Poland),
  • your Personal Security Clearance classification (Secret, Restricted, etc.)
  • JUSTIFICATION for your application!

Good news: You can write your letter in English – it does not have to be in Polish 🙂

The exam is free of charge, even for the foreign soldiers!

Bad news: only foreign active-duty soldiers can apply for sitting an exam in Poland. There is a strict, small limit of places available for each session – the first to apply, the first to serve, so planning your session much in advance makes sense and make your chances bigger.

 At the bottom of the article you can download a template of an application letter you could use for your own case. It is just an example with different versions of justification, which might work or might be completely disregarded/rejected – no guarantee on the success of your effort! I marked my comments (or example entries) with the red font – be sure to remove/replace them in your final application. Three versions of justification do not go together, so you must choose one of them or place your own one instead.

Level 1 or 2

If you want to take a level 1 or a level 2 exam, your chances for the successful application are significantly greater. It is more likely to be allowed for the exam, because there are more places where you can sit them and more slots available for the foreigners (non-Polish soldiers). The bad news is that any exams on level 1-2 are organized on commercial basis so they are subject to some fees (usually 200-260 PLN = c. 45-55 EUR). The decision maker is also different. Instead of writing to the Director of The Science and Military Education Department, you should write directly to the Head of the institution where the exam will be organized. And here we have a plethora of choices – see the attached pdf for reference.

The only problem is to identify the proper level exam, its place and the date. You must seek such data in each facility seperately, tracing their announcements on their websites. I have already published the map comprising all of these institutions marked with red colour there. Just refer to the map included in the previous article about language courses in Poland. In the downloading manager below you can find the full list of military institutions along with their web addresses for faster inquiries. Whenever it was possible, the links provided will lead you directly to the site of language centres. Unfortunately, all relevant information concerning the dates of the exams are available only in the Polish versions of the webpages. What’s more, some language centres  require a specific template of an application letter (different from the one I provide), however, a foreigner could be exempt from following it as it is entirely in Polish. That must be verified on case-to-case basis.

Good luck and keep me posted if you succeeded or need any help to make it happen.

New text book for military learners – level 3

We have already announced on Facebook that a new book would appear on the market soon. The time has come. As I promised, this is a hot review of the pre-printed copy I got from the author.

A new textbook for those attempting Stanag6001 exams

If you prepare for any English exam, sooner or later, you must do some pre-exam tests. Not only to test your level of knowledge and your readiness in general. First of all, you must familiarize with the type of exercises you will be asked to do during the actual exam. The same concerns military English exams. Each country developed its own examination models and they are standard ones, that means you can have a look at the earlier exam editions and learn what to expect when your moment arrives. But where can you find the previous exams? The answer was here, on my website. From 2012 I have been trying to fill in the gap, providing English resources for both, students and teachers, but since February 2017 you can reach for another source of knowledge too.

speaking and writing expert - Stanag6001 level 3

speaking and writing expert – Stanag6001 level 3

This year a new book appeared on the market. It is “Speaking And Writing Expert. How to Pass STANAG 6001 English Exam LEVEL 3” by Małgorzata Mazurek – a Polish English teacher working for the military school of foreign languages in Warsaw. She devoted several years of her professional career to teach military students English. The book is the natural consequence of the scarcity of the resources on the market and her answer to the problem. Let’s have a look at what you can get once you decide to buy it. Continue reading “New text book for military learners – level 3” »

Stanag6001 exams equivalents

Exams equivalents

A writer must write concise sentences. Avoid wordiness and redundancies in your papers.– Hi, I have passed Stanag6001 exam on level 3!
– OK, so what level is it exactly? Is it CAE equivalent?
– Hmm, I don’t know…

Did you happen to have similar conversation with your colleagues? Sooner or later you would. And then: “Houston, we’ve got a problem!” What is obvious for the military personnel, it might not be for the civilians. Let’s analyze the military exams equivalents, available on the market.

International classification of language levels

European Union has set up some language proficiency standards. The scale of your proficiency is organized in a table know as Common European Framework of Reference for Languages shortly called CEFR. This internationally recognizable scale distinguishes Continue reading “Stanag6001 exams equivalents” »

Free evaluation summary

checkOn 27th of September we launched the “free evaluation” programme (link). You could write some English tests and receive the feedback absolutely for free. It’s time to summarize this event.

Who decided to participate

Four military students decided to take part in this programme and submitted their writing in the announced time window. Two of them were Polish, one was Romanian and one was Spanish. We congratulate all of them. We congratulate mostly on their Continue reading “Free evaluation summary” »

Level 3 – a new exam model in Poland

New… but old

I must be honest with you – that exam model is not that new because Polish Armed Forces School of Languages (PAFSL) introduced it as early as September, 2015. Even though I decided to describe it as “new” because some of you, accustomed to the older exam model, while trying to confirm or upgrade your language certificate, might be surprised during the exam. Those who took last exam some years ago, must adjust now to Continue reading “Level 3 – a new exam model in Poland” »

Tactical game – testing stage

English resources for the military

I believe I have a great news for all military English fans. I have been developing the idea of a tactical board game for the English learners for two years already. And this week I finally reached the stage of practical tests in my unit. The idea of a tactical game originated from my own experience with language learning and the language deficiencies identified during ISAF mission. No matter what teachers I had I always missed practical application of the materials presented. To

Fragment of a tactical game board. Ghazni area in Afghanistan - the settings of the game for the military.

The game board – one sixth of the featured sketch. Ghazni area of Afganistan.

pratice military jargon in real military situations with non-military teachers was even harder to perform.

But this year I’m going to change this situation a little! Let me explain to you what the whole concept is about.

English tactical game – rules

The rules are super simple. There are two players or teams in the game – color coded as Whites and Blacks. Whites are players who do tasks of the patrol leader and Blacks are those who do tasks of the unit commander in TOC. Players draw Continue reading “Tactical game – testing stage” »