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Chinese Placement Testing


The Chinese Placement Test takes place on Canvas. Your name and email will be added to a Canvas site called Chinese Placement Test. Please make sure you can receive emails from Canvas for further details of the test.

Please complete this registration to have your name added to the site. Please email Ran Zhao at if you have any questions about the registration and/or the placement test.

If you are an international student who would like to use your high-school diploma for FL exemption, please use this separate registration form for international students


Who should take the placement test?
1. Students who have studied Chinese before at home or in some setting other than UVA and don't know exactly which class they should take. Please take the placement test before registering. 

2. Students who are interested in taking CHIN1060 or CHIN2060. These courses are designed for Chinese heritage learners and those who can speak Mandarin fluently, have no problem with listening comprehension, but need to work on their reading and writing.

3. Students who want to be exempted from the Foreign Language requirement and who feel their knowledge is equivalent to two full years of study (CHIN2060 or CHIN2020)

Who doesn't need to take the placement test?
1. If you received 5 on AP Chinese or 7 on IB, you don't need to take the placement test in order to fulfill your language requirement. Please show the original report of your AP/IB score to Ran Zhao (New Cabell Hall, room 171) during her office hours, and she will write to the relevant office. However, you still need to take the placement test if you plan to continue your Chinese language study at UVA.

2. Echols Scholars don't need to take the placement test, as you don't have the Foreign Language requirement. However, if you later plan to be an East Asian Studies major/minor or a Chinese Language and Literature major/minor, or you plan to apply for the McIntire School of Commerce, you will need to take the placement test to prove that you have fulfilled the Foreign Language requirement. 

What if I have an orientation schedule conflict during the hours of the placement test?
1. We offer the placement test two times per year, once before the fall semester and once before the spring semester. You don't have to take the test this time if you still have more than one year at UVA.

2. If you need to be placed into a course during the upcoming term but cannot take the placement test at the scheduled time, please contact the program director.

Please note: The Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures and Cultures reserves the right to place any student in a language course most appropriate to his or her proficiency level. Such placement will be the responsibility of the instructor and director for each language program and should be made as soon as possible. You, as a student, don't place yourself into a language course at your own choice and at your own convenience. Scheduling conflicts are not valid reasons for anyone to place himself/herself into a course that s/he thinks is appropriate. 


The test has two parts: a written part and an interview with a Chinese teacher. The written test is no longer than 75 minutes and the oral interview is about 10 minutes. Depending on how many students there are, you may need to wait a while for your turn to take the interview. 

What to bring to the test: 
Please bring TWO photo IDs, pencils, and erasers. You will not be allowed to take the test if you do not have appropriate photo IDs. 

Announcement of results:
Placement test results will be posted on the door of room 171 in New Cabell Hall on the day after the test, after 6:00pm.

How to register for the test:
If you plan to take the Chinese placement test, you must let us know beforehand by signing up here