Chinese Language Program Placement

中文水平測驗

Students interested in enrolling in a Chinese course at UCI must complete the following steps:

  1. Take the Chinese Placement Test.
  2. Complete a Student Language Background Survey (SLBS).
  3. Meet with a Chinese faculty for a Faculty Oral Interview to obtain an authorization code for the course.

What is the Chinese Placement Test?

The purpose of this test is to assess a student's preparation for course work in Chinese at UCI. Students will be placed into one of the following courses:

- CH 1A, 1B, 1C (Fundamental Mandarin Chinese. 
- CH 2A, 2B, 2C (Intermediate Mandarin Chinese) 
- CH 3A, 3B, 3C (Advanced Mandarin Chinese) 
- or an upper division Chinese course

This test is the same test that is used to satisfy the Language Other Than English (Category VI) general education requirement. If your score on this test is sufficiently high (2A or higher), you may request a Faculty Oral Interview to satisfy the general education requirement. The Chinese Placement Test is administered through Testing Office and may not be repeated.

If you have never been exposed to any Chinese languages/dialects, you can be exempt from the written test AFTERsigning a placement test waiver at Testing Office and fill out a language background survey.

Visit Testing Office for more information or to register for the next Chinese Placement Test.

Student Language Background Survey

Student Language Background Survey (SLBS) is available at the Testing Office. Students are required to complete one copy of SLBS during the Chinese Placement Test.

Faculty Oral Interview (FOI)

Faculty Oral Interviews are usually scheduled during the 8th week of each quarter as well as during Fall Quarter's Welcome Week between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the Chinese Lecturers' Office, Room 452, Humanities Instructional Building (building #610 on the campus map, page 29). The purpose of the interview is to evaluate students' oral/aural skills in Chinese and to determine their final class placement. Upon completion of the Faculty Oral Interview, students will receive an authorization code (if one is available) to enroll in an appropriate Chinese class.

Note: You will not be able to enroll in a Chinese course until you receive your authorization code.