Chinese Placement Exam

The purpose of the computerized Chinese Placement Evaluation is to identify the level of your Chinese proficiency and to direct you to the appropriate course for your level.

Anyone who has had previous experience with the Chinese language (Mandarin, or Cantonese or other dialects) through formal classroom study or living with native speakers must take the placement evaluation. If you have never learned the Chinese language in a formal setting or lived with Chinese speakers for a significant period, no placement evaluation is required; just enroll in a Chinese 1 class.

You are urged to take the test at the earliest possible date to increase the likelihood you will be able to enroll in the appropriate course. Keep in mind that some foundation-level Chinese language courses (CHN 1 through CHN 113) are offered only once each year - see chart below.  If the class you are placed into is not offered the quarter you want to take it, register or go onto the waitlist for a class that is close to your placement level.  Because the placement test does not include an oral or written component, your placement is only a close estimate.  A supplementary written & oral assessment may be given on the first day or two of class.  The instructor will let you know if you need to adjust to a different level of class.  As stated in the current GENERAL CATALOG, "The Foreign Language Placement Test determines ... at which point in the language sequence you should enroll." The program coordinator and course instructors have the final say in evaluating placement test results and determining appropriate placement. Students are advised to drop as soon as possible any course they are enrolled in that is determined not to be at the appropriate level.

The Chinese Placement Evaluation consists of a background survey and a multiple-choice exam of listening, reading comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary. It may take up to 60 minutes, depending on your Chinese competence, to complete both the survey and the exam. You will receive your placement results immediately upon completing the exam, and you can register for a Chinese class as placed. If you have already registered for a Chinese language class at an inappropriate level, you should switch to the class level into which you are placed.

If you were placed into
如果你被分到
You CAN take
可以选
You CANNOT take
不可以选
CHN 001 CHN 001 (or 1A in summer) CHN 002, 3, 1BL, 2BL, 3BL, 4, 5,6, 111, 112, 113, 120, 150, 160; & 130, 131, 132, 133, 134
CHN 002 CHN 002 CHN 001, 3, 1BL, 2BL, 3BL, 4, 5,6, 111, 112, 113, 120, 150, 160; & 130, 131, 132, 133, 134
CHN 003 CHN 003 CHN 001, 2, 1BL, 2BL, 3BL, 4, 5,6, 111, 112, 113, 120, 150, 160; & 130, 131, 132, 133, 134
CHN 1BL CHN 1BL CHN 001, 2, 3, 2BL, 3BL, 4, 5,6, 111, 112, 113, 120, 150, 160; & 130, 131, 132, 133, 134
CHN 2BL CHN 2BL CHN 001, 2, 3, 1BL, 3BL, 4, 5,6, 111, 112, 113, 120, 150, 160; & 130, 131, 132, 133, 134
CHN 3BL CHN 3BL, 160 CHN 001, 2, 3, 1BL, 2BL, 4, 5,6, 111, 112, 113, 120, 150; & 130, 131, 132, 133, 134
CHN 004 CHN 004 CHN 001, 2, 3, 1BL, 2BL, 3BL, 5,6, 111, 112, 113, 120, 150, 160; & 130, 131, 132, 133, 134
CHN 005 CHN 005 CHN 001, 2, 3, 1BL, 2BL, 3BL, 4, 6, 111, 112, 113, 120, 150,160; & 130, 131, 132, 133, 134
CHN 006 CHN 006, 160 CHN 001, 2, 3, 1BL, 2BL, 3BL, 4, 5, 111, 112, 113, 120, 150; & 130, 131, 132, 133, 134
CHN 111 CHN 111, 160 CHN 001, 2, 3, 1BL, 2BL, 3BL, 4, 5,6, 112, 113, 120, 150; & 130, 131, 132, 133, 134
CHN 112 CHN 112, 160; & 130, 131, 132, 133, 134 CHN 001, 2, 3, 1BL, 2BL, 3BL, 4, 5, 6, 111, 113, 120, 150
CHN 113 CHN 113, 160; & 130, 131, 132, 133, 134 CHN 001, 2, 3, 1BL, 2BL, 3BL, 4, 5,6, 111, 112, 120, 150
CHN 120 CHN 120, 160; & 130, 131, 132, 133, 134 CHN 001, 2, 3, 1BL, 2BL, 3BL, 4, 5,6, 111, 112, 113, 150
CHN 150 CHN 150, 160; & 130, 131, 132, 133, 134 CHN 001, 2, 3, 1BL, 2BL, 3BL, 4, 5,6, 111, 112, 113, 120

And you can ALWAYS take our Literature and Culture classes (offered in English translation) without the requirement of language placement. : CHN 10, 11, 50, 100A, 100B, 101,103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 109A - 109I, and 110.

For 114, 115, 116 and 140, see the course instructors

 

Offered in Fall Quarter Offered in Winter Quarter Offered in Spring Quarter
CHN 001, 1BL, 002, 003, 004, 111, 120 & usually 150 CHN 001, 002, 2BL, 003, 005, 112, 120 & usually 150 CHN 001, 002, 003, 3BL, 113, 120 & usually 150

You will need to take a placement exam no later than the first 2-3 days of instruction.  To take the Chinese Placement Evaluation, contact the UC Davis Language Center (DLC) at 530-752-1508 or email them at ucdlc@ucdavis.edu to make an appointment for the exam. The assessment will be given at the DLC located in 53 Olson Hall.

Questions?
For more information about the placement evaluation, please read the FAQ page. You can also contact the East Asian Languages and Cultures Advisor, Elizabeth Yang, at 530-752-4999 (Room 211 Sproul Hall) or elzyang@ucdavis.edu