Placement Tests and Proficiency Tests

Placement Tests

You can register into a Chinese language course if you have completed the previous course in the sequence, or you have taken the Chinese language placement test and got placed into the course.

The goal of a placement test is to evaluate students' language capability for the purpose of placing them into the right level of language classes.  The Chinese language placement test is administered on-line. Since the test is not proctored, the result can not be used to satisfy GenEd requirements or LOTE (language other than English) requirements.  

The Chinese placement test, Spring 2023, for continuing students is open here:

https://learn.illinois.edu/course/view.php?id=71013

You can enroll yourself in the “course” for the Chinese Placement Test.  You’ll then need to do a Technology Check to make sure that your computer can capture and transmit your responses.  Budget about 90 minutes to do the test.  Depending on how strong your skills are, you may or may not need that much time.

Please use Chrome or IE as a web browser.  We know that Safari and cell phone are not compatible with Moodle, the platform used for the Chinese placement test.

You’ll get your placement recommendation immediately upon completing the test.  When you go to class, your instructor will let you know whether you should stay with that initial placement (which will be based on your passive skills of Listening Comprehension and Reading Comprehension) or whether you can move up to a higher placement (based on your active skills of Speaking and Writing).

 

 

Proficiency Tests

The goal of a proficiency test is to evaluate a person's language capability. The test is meant to be general and not tied to specific textbooks. The Department of EALC has developed four Chinese proficiency tests to evaluate one's Chinese capability for GenEd LOTE (Languages Other Than English) requirement, fellowship application and study abroad programs.

The four versions of the Chinese Proficiency Test are: 

  • Test 1 is intended for students who seek to demonstrate third-level language proficiency. It is expected that students either will be native speakers or will have studied Chinese for at least 3 semesters in college or 3 years in high school (5 class hours per week). Passing Test 1 fulfills the third-level language requirement.
  • Test 2 is intended for students who seek to demonstrate fourth-level language proficiency. The Gies College of Business, most programs in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and some programs in the College of Fine & Applied Arts require fourth-level proficiency. It is expected that students either will be native speakers or will have studied Chinese for at least 4 semesters in college or 4 years in high school (5 class hours per week). Passing Test 2 fulfills the fourth-level language requirement.
  • Test 3 is intended for students who seek to demonstrate sixth-level language proficiency, e.g. for the Global Studies major. It is expected that students either will be native speakers or will have studied Chinese for at least 6 semesters in college (5 class hours per week). Passing Test 3 fulfills the sixth-level language requirement.
  • Test 4 is intended for students who seek to demonstrate eighth-level language proficiency, e.g. for students majoring in East Asian Languages and Cultures. It is expected that students either will be native speakers or will have studied Chinese for at least 8 semesters in college (5 class hours per week). Passing Test 4 fulfills the eighth-level language requirement.

THE NEXT CHINESE PROFICIENCY TEST WILL BE OFFERED ON:

The spring 2023 Chinese proficiency test will be given on  March 18, Saturday, 2-4 PM.

The test will be given online via Moodle

Self-registration is open now and will be closed on March 16 5PM. Please fill out the registration and enter the correct UID, use the UIUC email address (@illinois.edu), and type your name as shown on your student ID. You can't access the Moodle-based test with a non-UIUC email address, and a wrong entry will prevent your proficiency scores to be reported to your college and department.

The self-registration Link is: 

https://apps.atlas.illinois.edu/FormBuilderSurvey/Survey/las/slcl/chinese_proficiency_test_registration_form/

Registered students will receive an email a day before the test with (1) a link to the Chinese Proficiency Test, which will be administered via Moodle (2) A Zoom link for test proctoring. You will need to show your ID in Zoom in order to proceed to the test.