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The Chinese placement test begins with a questionnaire about the student’s language background. There are several versions of the placement test, and the questionnaire information is used to determine what level of the test the student should begin with.

The test generally includes listening comprehension, reading, writing, and translation.  For the 101-102 levels, pinyin (Chinese pronunciation) is tested. For students who have some knowledge of spoken Chinese but are completely unable to read or write, a listening comprehension test is used to determine whether placement into CHIN 111 (first semester of the heritage track) is appropriate.


The test is now being given remotely, and has three parts.  There’s an online test, a written test (by hand, not typing), and an oral interview.