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Placement

Thank you for your interest in learning Chinese in the department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. To help you to identify your language proficiency and register for a Chinese class that fits your needs, please take an online placement test. You can self-enroll in the placement test at URL:  https://canvas.umn.edu/enroll/EWHCDJ. There you will find placement tests for different levels and contact information of the instructors at different levels. 

All students are required to take a placement test unless they have previously completed Chinese language courses at the University of Minnesota.

If you want to prepare for the test, please take a look at Integrated Chinese. These books are available at the University Bookstore in Coffman Union. You will be tested on listening, speaking, grammar, and reading comprehension.

Course What to Study
Chinese 1012 (Beginning Modern Chinese, second semester) Integrated Chinese, Level 1, Part 1
Chinese 3021 (Intermediate Modern Chinese, first semester) Integrated Chinese, Level 1, Part 2
Chinese 3022 (Intermediate Modern Chinese, second semester) Integrated Chinese, Level 2, Lessons 1–10
Chinese 3031 (Third Year Chinese, first semester) Integrated Chinese, Level 2

 

Proficiency Exams

Upon completion of the intermediate level, students may choose to take a language proficiency exam (LPE). Completion of the LPE is noted on students' transcripts. The LPE examines students in the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. The LPE is administered by the CLA Language Center located in Jones Hall; the oral component is taken within the Chinese program.

Chinese LPEs are offered on fixed dates at the start and end of every semester. To register for an LPE, visit the Language Center Testing Program.