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Chinese Placement Test

Test Dates

The test dates for the Chinese Placement test are on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, 2/28/18

  • Thursday, 3/1/18

  • Monday, 3/5/18

These are the only dates that the test is given. Please make sure that you are available to take the test on any of the three dates because space is limited; therefore, 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 (Currently Closed)

Registration for the test will open in Mid January. Please check back to register. 

Registration closes when spaces are filled or on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 5:00 pm (whichever comes first).

To inquire about late registration if space becomes available, email David Erwin at david_erwin@fuhsd.org to request late registration.  


Please do not register multiple times. If you register more than once, the last submission you make will be the submission we use to register you for the test. It is not in a person's best interest to submit multiple times. 


Click Here to Register

Frequently Asked Questions

Who does NOT sign up for this test?

  1. Students who are planning to request Chinese Level 1 if no Chinese is spoken in the home or any level of Spanish, French or Japanese.

  2. Students who TOOK THIS TEST LAST YEAR. We keep previous scores on file. Students do NOT need to take the placement test again. See a school counselor have them look up your previous placement test results. 

  3. Students who are curious and want to see what their score would be.

  4. Only students who request a Chinese class on their course request form will be allowed to take this test. This test is offered annually; therefore, you will be able to take it in the future when it is offered during course selection.  

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

Registered students will receive an email (used as an admission ticket) approximately one week prior to the test date.  

The email will contain the following information:

  1. Date, time and location of your assigned test.
  2. Information about what a student needs. I.e., pencil, scratch paper, etc...

How is the placement test designed?

  1. There are two sections to the placement test. Part one is a written exam and part two is taken on the computer.
  2. When students register for the test, they will be asked to choose simplified or traditional Chinese.
  3. For students who would like more information about the test, visit The ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) website. https://aappl.actfl.org/


What happens after the placement test?

  1. Results will be emailed to students and parents.
  2. It can take up to 6 weeks before the results are received by the school (as late as April) before results are sent students and parents.
  3. The email will contain the following information:
  • Chinese Placement Test Score
  • Recommended Chinese Course Level
  • The Chinese Course that the student originally selected will be the placement. If it is different from the recommended level, there will be further information about how you can request a change. 

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

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


What is the college language requirement?

The college language requirement may vary depending on the college. Information from the UC website regarding the language requirement for admission: (http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/freshman/requirements/a-g-requirements/index.html#language)


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 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;
a score of 5, 6 or 7 on an IB Language A2 HL exam


College courses

A 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.