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Chinese Placement Policies

 

Chinese Placement Exam

  • Given three times per academic year: August, October, and March.
  • This test does not belong to FLL's central testing system like those for Spanish, French, German, or Japanese. Therefore, please do not advise students to go to the FLL placement test.
  • For test dates and locations, contact Professors Wei Hong or Daniel Hsieh.

Exam Eligibility

  • Students from the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong are not permitted to take the Chinese placement test due to their native proficiency with Chinese (see below).
  • Students from the above regions who immigrated to the United States at a young age (12 years or younger) must have a signed placement test authorization form indicating their eligibility. 

 

Official Languages for Asian Countries and Regions

  • People's Republic of China: Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Taiwan: Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Hong Kong: Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Indonesia: Indonesian
  • Malaysia: Malay
  • Singapore: English, Malay
  • South Korea: Korean
  • Japan: Japanese

 

Fulfilling Foreign Language Requirements

Students from the People's Republic of China and Taiwan

  • Due to their native proficiency in Chinese, these students are not permitted to take any Chinese language courses.
  • They are welcome to take Chinese literature or calligraphy courses.
  • Students from these regions who immigrated to the United States at a young age (12 years or younger) may take language courses, but must first take the Chinese placement test to determine their current level in Chinese.

Students from Hong Kong

  • Students may take CHNS 401/402 and CHNS 220 (Advanced Chinese Conversation). No credits for lower level courses will be issued if they complete CHNS 401/402.
  • Students from this region who immigrated to the United States at a young age (12 years or younger) may take language courses, but must first take the Chinese placement test to determine their current level in Chinese.

Students from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Japan

  • Students are encouraged to take any language courses to fulfill their foreign language requirements.
  • Those with a Chinese language background from home or school may sign up for higher-level courses after taking the Chinese placement test.

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