All honours students are required to demonstrate their competence in a language other than English by passing a translation exam. In the exam, Honours students will be asked to translate an unseen passage from the language of their choice into English, with the help of a dictionary. The History Department administers these translation exams in March and November each year. Students need to pass only one translation exam and may make more than one attempt. Students hoping to write a thesis which requires languages other than English are encouraged to complete their language preparation as early as possible.