REGISTRATION for the February 13 & 14 Placement Test is closed. It closed on February 1, 2013 at 3:00 PM.
REGISTRATION CLOSED ON FEB. 1, 2013 AT 3:00 pm. Historically, we have had only enough student interest to offer levels 3,4 & AP. Each year we are open to offering levels 1 & 2 but must have enough students request these classes in order to offer them. This current school year (2012-13), Chinese 1 and 2 were not offered.
For this reason, if students select Chinese level 1 or 2 on a course request form for next year, students MUST also choose an alternate language, (French, Japanese or Spanish), OR they will NOT be enrolled in a World Language class.
WHO NEEDED TO SIGN UP FOR THE PLACEMENT TEST?
- INCOMING 9th grade students (current 8th graders who will attend LHS next year) who want to enroll in Chinese 2 (if it is offered), 3 or 4H. (Freshman CANNOT be enrolled in AP Chinese. Incoming 8th graders who place into AP Chinese will have their placement test score saved on file. In 2014-15, these students can choose to take AP Chinese in 10th grade).
- LYNBROOK students currently in grades 9-11 (who have not taken the placement test before) who want to enroll in Chinese 3, 4 or AP in the 2013-14 school year.
IMPORTANT! DO NOT sign up for this test if:
- You are ENROLLED IN CLIP in CUSD. These students will take the placement test at their junior high school. DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS TEST!
- You are planning on studying a different language in high school (French, Spanish, Japanese).
- IF YOU TOOK THIS TEST LAST YEAR. We have your score on file. Please, don't sign up again. You can ask your counselor to look up your placement test score.
- You just want to see what your score would be. It is expensive to administer this test. Only students who INTEND TO ENROLL in Chinese should take this test.
- WHEN: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 OR Thursday, February, 14, 2013
- WHERE: Lynbrook High School (report to Computer Lab room 006)
- TIME: 3:15 PM
- THE TEST MAY TAKE OVER 2 HOURS TO COMPLETE. PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY.
There are NO OTHER DAYS TO TAKE THIS PLACEMENT TEST! Students who miss this test must wait until February 2014 to take the placement test for the 2014-15 school year.
While most colleges require at least two levels of the same world language, (with three levels preferred) a world language is not a high school graduation requirement. Highly selective colleges prefer students advance to the highest levels possible in a world language.
Approximately one week before the placement test registrants will be sent an email with the following information:
1. DATE OF YOUR TEST.
2. WHAT TO BRING.
3. ENTRY FORM.
If you have any questions, please email Maria Jackson, Assistant Principal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 February 6, 2013. The email that will contain the following information:
1. DATE OF YOUR TEST.
2. WHAT TO BRING.
3. ENTRY FORM
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 http://avantassessment.com/test_taker_practice_test
What happens after I take the placement test?
Results will be emailed out to students and parents. It can take up to 8 weeks to before the results are received by the school. It could be as late as mid 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 2013-14 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 2013-14 school year?
Students who do not have a Chinese Placement Test score will not be enrolled in a Chinese class in the 2013-14 school year. Because Lynbrook only offers Chinese Level 3, Chinese 4 Honors, and Chinese AP, incoming 9th graders who missed the placement test in February 2013 choose a different world language to study, or wait until December 2013 to sign up for the Chinese Placement Test that will be administered in February of 2014. Students who enroll in Chinese 3 as 10th graders will still have enough time to reach Chinese AP before graduating from high school.
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 in a given year.
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: (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 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
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.