Language Placement Exams

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.

Korean Placement Test for Fall 2021

Placement Test for Korean: FAQs 

1. Who does NOT need to take a placement test? 

a)   The so-called ‘true beginners’ (i.e. who has never learned Korean before or who does not have any background/prior knowledge in the Korean language). These students can register for KREA0100. 

b)  Those students who completed a course at Brown with a passing grade and want to move up to the next level 

c)   Those students who have completed a course with a passing grade at an institution in Korea (i.e. Brown approved or sponsored programs) during the summer (they need to contact [email protected] for credit approval and the placement in the next right level) 

2. Who NEEDS to take the placement test? 

a)   Those who have some background/prior knowledge in the language but are not sure which level will be the right fit 

b)  Heritage speakers (i.e. coming from a Korean ethnic background) should take the test unless you have already taken a course at Brown

3. What is the format of the test? 

It will be a personal interview through Zoom during which students will be evaluated on their Korean proficiency in all four language modalities (i.e. speaking/listening, reading/writing). At the end of the interview, you will be asked to write a short essay on a given topic. You need to have something to write with (e.g. iPad, pen and paper). 

4. Do I need to prepare for the test? 

No, you don’t need to. Just bring yourself. 

5. When can I take this test? 

You should email [email protected] for an appointment. If you have any other or further questions, please also contact Prof. Wang at the same email address.

Japanese Placement Test for Fall 2023- Spring 2024
Thank you for your interest in studying Japanese with us here at Brown University. Please visit the placement test site. Placement test information is also accessible here. If you have further questions, please contact Suga sensei ([email protected]). We would like to ask all incoming students to take the placement test before the semester begins.


Thanks for your interest in taking Vietnamese at Brown University!
We would like to ask all incoming students to take the placement test the week of August 22nd.
The test is about 60 minutes long and includes three parts.

● Part 1: Survey (10 minutes recommended). Part 1 is a short questionnaire that
asks you about your background in the language(s) you speak or have learned.

● Part 2: Multiple choice questions (20 minutes recommended). Part 2 contains 30
multiple-choice questions designed to assess your proficiency in Vietnamese.

● Part 3: Essay question (30 minutes recommended). Part 3 asks you to write an
essay with a length of 250-350 words to a question prompt. Please make sure
that you handwrite your essay, take a photo and upload it to this Google Form.

Once you have completed (or nearly completed) these three tasks, please make an
appointment for a Zoom interview
using this link.
Interviews will be given between August 27, 30 and 31. Please finish these three steps by the
time of interview.

Thank you and I am looking forward to seeing you soon.
Cô Trang