Placement guidelines for Chinese

Fall Quarter 2022


Any students who have taken Chinese language courses before (in high school, community college, or elsewhere) or if they speak Chinese as a heritage language will have to take the Chinese placement exam before enrolling in a Chinese language course. 


To sign up for a placement exam, please fill out this form and you'll be contacted within 24 hours.



Who does not need to take a placement exam?

  • Students who have no prior knowledge of the Chinese language can simply enroll in Chinese 1 (only offered in the Fall quarter).
  • Students who have successfully completed a Chinese language course at UCSC can advance to the next level without taking a placement exam again.

Please understand that many classes fill up very quickly; placement results do not guarantee you a spot in the class. 

Please contact Ting-Ting Wu at  if you have any questions or concerns.