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Chinese Studies Placement Interviews: 

 

Placement interviews will take place virtually until further notice due to COVID-19. To request a placement interview, please complete a Student Information Sheet (SIS PDF) and follow the directions below. Please note that Chinese language courses are offered in a sequence and not offered every quarter. For example, if you place into 10A but do not enroll in Fall, you will need to wait a full year until the next Fall until the course is offered again.

The Chinese Placement Interview is a short and informal one-on-one conversation that helps the Chinese Language Faculty determine the appropriate course for a student that wishes to enroll in a CHIN course and learn Mandarin Chinese. All students who have never taken a CHIN (Chinese Language) course at UC San Diego, MUST participate in an interview in order to receive authorization to enroll in a CHIN course. Placement Interviews are applicable to students who have taken Chinese courses at other schools, have AP Chinese and/or SAT II Chinese exam scores, and those who have no Chinese background.  

PLEASE READ the instructions below prior to participating in a Chinese language placement interview.

Virtual Placement Interviews (Summer 2020):

  1. Prior to your placement interview, complete the Student Information Sheet (SIS PDF).
    • All sections of the form MUST be filled out as accurately as possible unless stated on the form as "Optional."
    • Make sure to clearly write your UC San Diego PID # (i.e. A01234567).
  2. Email the instructor and attach a Student Information Sheet (SIS). Email Qin-Hong Anderson for 20AN,BN,CN and 100AM courses. Email Xiao Wang for 20AD,BD,CD and 20AM,BM,CM courses. For all other courses and if you are not sure which course you would like to take, email Pei-Chia Chen. See course descriptions. Request a mutually convenient interview time.
  3. The instructor will send you a Zoom invitation for your interview.
  4. Please have your SIS form ready for your interview.
    • Depending on your language proficiency, you may need to wait until another quarter to begin taking a CHIN course.
    • Participating in a placement interview does not guarantee enrollment in a CHIN course.
  5. After the placement interview, the instructor will indicate on the SIS which course best suits your level and background and email the form to the Chinese Studies Advisor and copy you.
  6. The advisor will review your SIS and authorize you for the appropriate course. You will receive an email confirming the CHIN course when you have been authorized.
  7. Once you have been authorized, it is your responsibility to enroll yourself on TritonLink WebReg

**Authorization from the advisor does not mean you are enrolled in the class! You must enroll yourself!**

In-Person Placement Interviews:

**Cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19; required during normal operations outside of Summer Quarter and breaks**

  1. Prior to your placement interview, print the Student Information Sheet (SIS PDF) or pick up the SIS form outside of HSS 1009. The SIS will be available in Google Forms soon.
    • All sections of the form MUST be filled out as accurately as possible unless stated on the form as "Optional."
    • Make sure to clearly write your UC San Diego PID # (i.e. A01234567)
  2. Visit any instructor during his or her office hours. Inform the instructor that you wish to be interviewed for placement. If necessary, wait outside the office until the instructor calls you in for an interview.  Keep the SIS form with you when you meet the instructor note the following:
    • Placement Interviews are conducted on a first-come, first-served basis, you may have to wait if the instructor is not immediately available.
    • There may be circumstances that will cause an instructor to cancel office hours. In this case, you may need to see another faculty member or return at another time.  
  3. When called in for the interview, hand your completed SIS form to the instructor and start the placement interview.
    • Depending on your proficiency level, you may need to wait another quarter to begin taking a CHIN course.
    • Participating in a placement interview does not guarantee enrollment in a CHIN course. 
  4. After the placement interview, the instructor will write a note on the SIS indicating which course is the most appropriate for you and return the form to you. You (the student) will then be instructed to return to the Chinese Studies advisor's office in HSS 1009. If HSS 1009 is not open, place the SIS form in the plastic sleeve attached to the office door.
  5. The advisor will review your SIS and explain to you or email you the results of the CHIN course that best suits your level and background then will authorize you for the appropriate course. You will receive an email confirming the CHIN course.
  6. Once you have been authorized, it is your responsibility to enroll yourself on TritonLink WebReg. Remember to leave the SIS form with the advisor in HSS 1009.

**Authorization from the Advisor does not mean you enrolled in the class! You must enroll yourself!**