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Language Placement

Chinese Language Placement Test 2019-2020

The Chinese placement test is required for all first-year students and all transfer students who have either studied Chinese before or have prior exposure to Mandarin Chinese at home, and plan to fulfill a language requirement and/or would like to continue their study of Chinese. This rule applies to all students in all schools and programs, including graduate school and professional schools. Students must take the online placement test and the placement/validation test before registering for courses. 

The online placement test is NOT required if
• You have no previous knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. To start your Chinese studies at Northwestern, register for Chinese 111-1.
• You attended high school where the primary language of instruction was Mandarin Chinese. Some international students from China, Singapore and Taiwan fall into this category. Such students should petition for a review of their educational records at WCAS Office of Undergraduate Studies and Advising (OUSA). The petition form is available here.

Description of Chinese Language Placement Test:

Chinese placement test includes online placement test AND in-person validation test. Students must complete both the online placement test and the placement/validation test before their final placement results are posted.

Note: This is a formal exam. Students are not allowed to ask for help during the online test.

How to take the test:
Chinese online placement test site:

After finishing the online placement test between June 15 and two days before the placement/validation test in the Wildcat Welcome Week, students will get tentative placement results along with information on the date and venue of the placement/ validation test at the same site. Please note the tentative result is NOT your final result. The final result won’t be posted at the same site until the in-person validation test is completed.

Please note the test result is valid for 12 months, and students are not allowed to retake the test in 12 months.

Special note to new students:

All new students should take the online placement test before July 31st. If you cannot do so for legitimate reasons, please take it as soon as possible. After taking the online placement test, within five business days, you should check the same URL as above for your online tentative placement results and further instruction on the placement/validation test schedule. If you take the test between August 1st and the Wildcat Welcome week, further instruction will be posted within five business days as well. If you take the online placement test after the Wildcat Welcome week and before the first day of the fall quarter, instruction should be available in two business days.
Chinese Placement/Validation Test Schedule

During Wildcat Welcome fall 2019:
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Time: 3:00-5:00PM
Location: Harris Hall 107
If possible, arrive 15 minutes early. No appointment necessary.

September 17-30, 2019: By appointment only

Once you have retrieved your online tentative placement results, email Professor Chin-Hung Chang (, the placement coordinator of Chinese Language Program, to make an appointment.

After week one of Fall quarter, Winter and Spring: By appointment only

Take the online placement test first, and email Professor Chin-Hung Chang (, the placement coordinator of Chinese Language Program, to make an appointment.

If you have Chinese placement questions, please email Professor Chin-Hung Chang, Coordinator of the Chinese Placement Test, at


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