Chinese Placement Test for Fall 2021
This is a short introduction to the Chinese Placement Test. Here you can find out whether you should take the test while you entertain the idea of taking a Chinese class. You will also get a general idea of what the test is going to look like.You can access the test by clicking on the links on the websites of the Department of East Asian Studies (link is below) or the Center for Language Studies. If you have any questions regarding the test, contact Yang Wang.
Please find the Placement Test here!
I. Do I need to take this test?
● No, if you have taken Chinese at Brown and received a passing grade. You will be able to take the next level up and do not need to take this test.
● No, if you have taken a Chinese course at Brown and attended an ‘accredited’ summer program in 2020. An ‘accredited’ summer program is normally one of the following: IUP (Inter-University Program), PiB (Princeton in Beijing), HBA (Harvard Beijing Academy), Middlebury College Summer Chinese School, any CET program in China or Taiwan, ICLP (in Taiwan), Chinese Language Center at National Cheng Kung University (in Taiwan). If you attended a program that is not listed here, please contact the Study Abroad Advisor, Prof. Wenhui Chen, who will help you evaluate your proficiency level.
If you received a passing grade from one of the summer programs above, you will be able to skip a level and register for the next level up. However, you need to write to the instructor to receive an Override Code to do that.
● Yes, if you have never taken any Chinese courses at Brown but have received formal Chinese language training elsewhere.
● Yes, if you have never taken any Chinese courses at Brown but you come from a Chinese-speaking family or environment.
II. What is the test like?
● The test will be administered through Google Forms. A Brown email address is required to log in.
● There will be six sections in the test. You can choose your preferred style between Traditional and Simplified characters. You have unlimited time to complete the test but once submitted, you cannot retake the test. No external assistance is allowed during the test. This includes any online resources, family, etc.
1. Section 1 is a background information questionnaire.
2. Section 2 is a vocabulary and grammar test. The questions will be rendered in the form of multiple-choice questions.
3. Section 3 is a reading comprehension test. You will be asked to read a few short paragraphs, and then answer multiple-choice questions.
4. Section 4 is a short essay. You can choose one of the two topics, and write a short essay of up to 500 characters.
5. Section 5 is an oral test via Zoom. The detailed schedule will be announced by email between 9/03 - 9/06. The oral interview will take 10-15 minutes. All the interviews will be scheduled on 9/07 between 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. If you have any schedule conflicts, please respond to the message as soon as you can.