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Military English exams in Poland

Military English exams for foreigners

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.

Meeting in progress

Meetings – an essential part of the modern army

Like it or not, you will have to deal with it. Contemporary military personnel spend much time on meetings, either preparing them, either participating or reporting. You can call them sometimes briefings (sounds more military-like), but they are similar in nature to business or political level meetings. They have a lot in common so you cannot get away with not knowing its basic elements and related vocabulary. You’d better acquire some useful phrases, then you will be able to handle any meetings. For your convenience, the full lexical summary (a cheatsheet in an alphabetical order) is provided at the end of the article.  Continue reading “Meeting in progress” »

Car-related vocabulary – follow on

Military English exercise. A crossword on vocabulary related to cars.Vehicle-related vocabulary – a crossword

If you did the previous exercises (link here), you will be able to do this refreshing exercise – the crossword with all entries taken from the previous lesson. Hidden answer will tell what will be the subject of the next exercises to prepare you for better handling of speaking tasks on level 2-3-4.

 

12
13
18
2 14
4 6 9 11 15
1 7 8
10 16 17 19
5
3
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Entry definitions:

  1. Feature important for the family cars
  2. Old model, but with new elements, upgraded
  3. Uses satellites to position in space
  4. This type of vehicle can roll easily
  5. Prevent heavy injuries in case of crash
  6. Rotate around a given axis
  7. That type of vehicle can move on land and water as well
  8. Not wheeled vehicle, but with wheels
  9. Individually prepared according to customer’s wishes
  10. How far your car can go
  11. Not self-propelled and not pushed but still moving
  12. How fast you can gain speed
  13. Prevents backbone injuries when accidents happen and increases comfort of driving
  14. The more spacious the car is it is bigger
  15. All terain, cross-country
  16. You pour gas there when refuelling
  17. Military vehicle with great ambush protection and resistance to mines explosions
  18. How long an item can resist damage or remain unchanged
  19. Anti-lock braking system

Reading comprehension level 4 STANAG 6001 test SLP 4444

Reading test logo from STANAG6001 military English web serviceReading test – level 4

(L4/R/003)

Task One

Read each of the texts below and then complete the sentence, which comes under the text, using no more than five words to show that you have understood the text.

An example has been provided for you.

0.     Chee Soon Juan, leader of the Singapore Democratic party, pleaded not guilty to the charge of speaking in public without a permit, over a speech made in February. The case highlights the state restrictions on free speech.

In Singapore one has to ____have a permit/have permission ___ to speak in public

1.      The attempt by Beyoncé and Jay-Z to register their infant daughter’s name as a trade mark in the US appears to be continuing in spite of the fact that a wedding planner, who has been running a business with the same name since 2009, has been given the go ahead by the US Patent and Trademark Office to carry on using the name Blue Ivy for events.

Blue Ivy is both a pop _______________________________ name. Continue reading “Reading comprehension level 4 STANAG 6001 test SLP 4444” »

Level 4 test – listening part

listening resources for STANAG 6001 testsIt’s another STANAG 6001 test derived from the Central Examination Board for  Foreign Languages of the Ministry of National Defense (CEBFL) in Poland. Again, it was adjusted a little to make it easier for the site visitors to practise on-line.

Listening test – SLP 4444

(L4/L/002)

Task One

You are going to listen to six news items. Listen and choose the best answer A, B, C or D. You can hear the items once only. I repeat, once only. Take a break of 30 seconds before each news item to read through the questions to that item.

1. Recently, the Congolese President …

Play/download task 1_1 here.

A.     has invited foreigners to join the Congolese Army
B.     has promised to tighten cooperation with Rwanda
C.     has authorized the use of force against the rebels
D.     has criticized the proxy war between Hutus and Tutsis

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Listening tasks – level 4 exam

LEVEL 4 EXAM (SLP4444)

Listening tasks

(L4/L/001)

Today, I present the first material for listening test on level 4 according to STANAG 6001. This is a full examination set, checking your listening skills. The test was designed by the Central Examination Board for  Foreign Languages of the Ministry of National Defense (CEBFL), Poland. All recordings are taken from their test and were modified to make the whole test easier to practice for the Internet users. All tasks were organized in such a way to let you do each task seperately. Original listening exam is played continuously with no breaks, however, the pauses are included in the recording. The same concerns repetitions whenever the task foresees listening to the recording twice. Here, you will have to play the given part twice instead. Original instructions were adjusted to fit an on-line character of the test. I considered recorded verbal instructions as pointless here, therefore they were removed from the recordings. Enjoy the test and do not hesitate to comment on it, like it, recommend it or to ask for additional resources via e-mail.

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