Placement guidelines for Chinese

Taking the Chinese Placement Assessment

Prior to taking the assessment, all students must enroll in the Canvas Placement Module.

After enrolling in the Canvas Placement Module, sign up for a placement assessment by filling out this form, and you will be contacted within 24 hours with next steps.

Who needs to take the assessment?

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 assessment before enrolling in a Chinese language course.

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 assessment again.

Contact Information

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

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