Placement guidelines for Chinese

Incoming students are expected to attend the Chinese Program Orientation, which takes place at the beginning of the academic year.

Winter Quarter 2021:

Any students who have taken Chinese language courses before (in High School, Community College or elsewhere) of if they speak Chinese as a heritage language will have to take the Chinese placement exam before enrolling in a Chinese language course.

Please fill out the following form ( and submit if you wish to take the Chinese placement exam.

  • Exam Date: Thursday, November 19th (Fill out the sign-up form by the end of November 17th)
  • Exam Date: Friday, November 20th (Fill out the sign-up form by the end of November 19th)  
  • Exam Time: 10:30am to 12:00pm
  • Location: Canvas
  • By 5pm on Monday, November 23rd, you will be contacted with the results of your placement and/or instructions for a follow-up interview.
Who does not need a placement interview?

Students who have no prior knowledge of Chinese language can simply enroll in Chinese 1 (Fall quarter).

Students who have taken a Chinese language course at UCSC can advance to the next level without taking a placement interview again.

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