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Chinese Placement Test

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This year's Chinese Placement test will be administered on Wednesday, March 19 and Thursday, March 20, 2014.

These are the ONLY dates available to take this test.  Please plan accordingly.


All incoming 9th graders and current 10th graders MUST complete the RESIDENCY VERIFICATION PROCESS to be allowed into the Placement test.


Registration for the Chinese Placement Test is closed.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens after I submit my registration for the Chinese Placement test?

Registered students will receive an email and ADMISSION ticket on or before March 14, 2014. The email  that will contain the following information:





How is the placement test designed?

There are two sections to the placement test. One part is a written exam and the other part is taken using a computer. Students can choose between simplified or traditional Chinese. For students who would like to view sample online questions, you can take a practice test here


What happens after I take the placement test?

Results will be emailed out to students and parents. It can take up to 6 weeks to before the results are received by the school. It could be as late as late April before results are distributed to parents and students.


What will the results email say?

The email will contain the following information:

  • Chinese Placement Test Score
  • Level of Chinese student can be placed in
  • The class the student will be placed in for the 2014-15 school year. 

IMPORTANT: 9th graders will NOT be placed into AP Chinese. Incoming 9th grade students who score into level 5 (Chinese AP) must wait until their sophomore year to enroll in a Chinese class. Scores are kept on file. Students DO NOT need to take the placement test again.


What if I missed the Placement Test, can I enroll in Chinese for the 2014-15 school year?

Students who do not have a Chinese Placement Test score will be enrolled in a Chinese class on a space available basis and they must be assessed by our current Chinese teacher. Every effort should be made to take the placement test if the student wants to be enrolled in a Chinese class.


Can students take more than one language class at the same time?

Unfortunately students cannot take more than one world language class in the same year. There are not enough seats in classes to allow students to take more than one language class.


What is the college language requirement?

The college language requirement may vary depending on the college.  Here is the information from the UC web site regarding the language requirement for admission: (

E) Language other than English

UC-approved high school courses

Two years, or equivalent to the 2nd level of high school instruction, of the same language other than English are required. (Three years/3rd level of high school instruction recommended). Courses should emphasize speaking and understanding, and include instruction in grammar, vocabulary, reading, composition and culture. American Sign Language and classical languages, such as Latin and Greek, are acceptable. Courses taken in the seventh and eighth grades may be used to fulfill part or all of this requirement if the high school accepts them as equivalent to its own courses.

SAT Subject Examination

The following scores satisfy the entire requirement:

  • Chinese With Listening: 520
  • French/French With Listening: 540
  • German/German With Listening: 510
  • Modern Hebrew: 470
  • Italian: 520
  • Japanese With Listening: 510
  • Korean With Listening: 500
  • Latin: 530
  • Spanish/Spanish With Listening: 520

AP or IB Examination

Score of 3, 4 or 5 on the AP Exam in Chinese Language and Culture, French Language and Culture, German Language and Culture, Italian Language and Culture, Japanese Language and Culture, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature or Latin;
score of 5, 6 or 7 on an IB Language A2 HL exam

College courses

Grade of C or better in any transferable course(s) (excluding conversation) held by the college to be equivalent to two years of high school language. Many colleges list the prerequisites for their second course in language as "Language 1 at this college or two years of high school language." In this case, Language 1 clears both years of the requirement.