Information on the Placement Exam, Proficiency Exam and Credit-by-Exam for Chinese and Japanese

Chinese

What types of exams are given?

 

For Chinese, there are three exams: (1) placement exam, (2) proficiency/competency exam, (3) credit by exam. They serve different purposes, as follows:

  1. Placement exam: For students with some background in Mandarin Chinese, this test helps determine a student’s language level and the appropriate course to enroll in. There is no fee for this exam. No course units are given for taking this exam.  
  2. Proficiency/competency exam: This is a testing-out exam. For students who are already proficient in Chinese and want to satisfy the UA foreign language requirement, this is the exam to take. Passing this exam with a 4th semester proficiency will satisfy the foreign language requirement. There is no fee for this exam. No course units are given for taking this exam.
  3. *Credit by exam: Students who achieve a passing score on this exam can receive course credit. Credits can be earned as follows: CHN 101 (5 units), CHN 102 (10 units), CHN 201 (15 units), or CHN 202 (20 units). Credit by exam is not available beyond CHN 202. There is a fee for this exam. UA registration policies also apply.

 

*For further information on credit by exam, go to the bottom of the page: Information on getting course credits for Chinese or Japanese.

 

What are the exams like?

 

Placement exam:

This consists of multiple-choice questions, in traditional and simplified characters, a short composition, and an oral interview in Chinese. The objective of this exam is place the student in an appropriate course. Time allowed: two hours.

 

Proficiency/competency exam:

This consists of a translation and a long composition (you will be asked to write on a particular topic). Both traditional and simplified characters will be provided in the test. You can write in either traditional or simplified characters. Time allowed: two hours.

 

Credit by exam:

The exam is similar to the final exam of CHN 101, 102, 201, or 202, depending on the level you are testing for. Time allowed: two hours. See below for more information about credit by exam.

 

How do I sign up for placement exam or proficiency/competency exam?

  1. Call the EAS Office at 520-621-7505 or email our secretary Terra Rothpletz at terrarothpletz@email.arizona.edu.
  2. Be prepared to outline which exam (placement or proficiency) you would like to take. Please include your full name, student ID (if you have one), phone number, and best email address at which to be contacted.

 

When are the exams given? How often are they given? How long do they last?

Both exams are offered once a semester, two days before the first day of class.
Time allowed: Two hours.

 

What should I bring to the exam?

A pencil and your ID.

 

When and how will I know the results?

For both exams, you will be given the results immediately afterwards by the instructor who gives the exam.

 

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

For questions about the placement exam or proficiency/competency exam, contact
Cindy Shih (shih@email.arizona.edu)

For other questions, contact Feng-hsi Liu (fliu@email.arizona.edu).
 

For information on credit-by-exam, go to the section below: Information on getting course credits for Chinese or Japanese

 


 

Japanese

How do I sign up for the exam?

  1. Call the EAS Office at 520-621-7505 or email our secretary Terra Rothpletz at terrarothpletz@email.arizona.edu.
  2. Be prepared to outline which exam (placement or proficiency) you would like to take. Please include your full name, student ID (if you have one), phone number, level in which you hope to be placed, and best email address at which to be contacted.

 

When is the exam given? How often is it given? How long is it?

The Japanese placement/proficiency exam is offered twice a semester. The first one is offered two days before the first day of school. The second one is offered on the third day of the first week of school. The latter is only for students who have a legitimate time conflict on the first day. Time allowed: Two hours.

 

What is the exam like?

It consists of listening comprehension questions, multiple-choice grammar questions, reading comprehension questions, writing a short essay, and an oral interview in Japanese.

 

What should I bring to the exam?

A pencil and your ID.

 

When and how will I know the results?

The results will be emailed to you within a couple of days after the exam by the program director.

 

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

Contact Itsumi Ishikawa-Peck (itsumi@email.arizona.edu).

 


 

Information on getting course credits for Chinese or Japanese

How do I sign up for ‘credit-by-exam’?
 

Credit by exams are scheduled by appointment only.
 

Step 1: Follow the procedure specified in the link
Proficiency Exam Policies
 

Here is the form that you will need.
 

Application for Special Examination
 

Step 2: After the department has been notified by the Bursar’s Office that the fee has been
paid, you can then contact the language faculty members to schedule an appointment
for the exam.
 

For CHN 101/102 and 201/202 credits: contact Cindy Shih (shih@email.arizona.edu)
 

For JPN credits: contact Itsumi Ishikawa-Peck (itsumi@email.arizona.edu)