Chinese Placement Test for Fall 2023

The EAS Chinese Placement Test for the Fall of 2023 will be offered at 12pm on September 5th, 2023 in Barus & Holley at 184 Hope St, Providence, RI 02912 in Room 168.  Please bring your computer with you to the written test.

If you have any questions regarding the test, contact Liwei Jiao.

Please find a short introduction to the Chinese language program below: 





1. Who should take the placement test?
Students who have learned Chinese before (at home/high school/study abroad programs) and wish to continue their Chinese study at Brown. Students who wish to resume Chinese study after being absent for one semester or more.
Students who have no prior knowledge of Chinese and wish to take CHIN0100,  the first semester in the fall semester, need not to take the test.  

2. Test Components
The placement test includes four components: questionnaire about your background, a short essay, a written test, and an Oral Interview. 

You can complete the background questionnaire and the short essay question at home before the written test and oral interview on this page.

3. About the written test (scheduled at noon, 9/05 @ B&H 168)
This placement test is for students of all proficiency levels, from the beginning to the most advanced. Therefore, you are not expected to know the answer to every question. It's fine to leave some questions blank. No need to guess the answers. 

There are four parts in this test: multiple choices on grammar, multiple choices on vocabulary, and multiple choices on reading comprehension. You have 60 minutes maximum to finish this test. 

4. About the Oral Interview
The oral interview will take 10-15 minutes. All the interviews will be conducted right after the written test on 09/05.  If you have any schedule conflicts, please email 焦老师, the coordinator of the Chinese program [email protected].

This test is designed to test students at various levels, so you are NOT expected to know the answer to every question. Note that it is not uncommon that we recommend someone who has taken two or even more years of Chinese in high school to start from Basic Chinese at Brown University. The recommendations we make based on this placement test are not final. You and your instructor should discuss whether you are at the appropriate level and make necessary adjustments should either party see the needs to do so during the shopping period.

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