Purpose of Placement Interviews
Chinese placement interviews are used to determine two things, which level a student should begin taking a Mandarin Chinese (CHIN) course and which track is best suited for the student. Instructors will assess a student's background and document specific courses and levels for each individual student. After the interview, the Program Coordinator in HSS 1009 will then be able to authorize a student based on the instructor's evaluation of the student's ability. Students interested in taking Chinese must read the "Chinese Placement Interview Information" above. The instructions above will help to clarify the placement interviewing process for enrolling in a CHIN course. The instructions help you understand the placement interviewing process for enrolling in suitable Chinese language courses.
The placement interview is usually a short and informal conversation and REQUIRED prior to enrolling and taking a CHIN course. It's mainly a verbal assessment but sometimes may include a written or reading review. The results on your SIS form need to be provided to the Program Coordinator before a student will be authorized to enroll in a CHIN course.
Please note that enrollment in a CHIN courses is not guaranteed.
Instructors will returning to campus just prior to the fall quarter to provide placement interviews. During each quarter placement interviews are offered during Week 1 through Week 10 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during regular office hours of the Chinese language instructors. Testing is temporarily suspend finals week & between quarters. During the summer & prior to the fall quarter instructors offer a few days of placement testing as a courtesy. We are in the process of incorporating Google Hangouts to offer remote placement interviews via video chat. Please email ChineseStudies@ucsd.edu to learn how to take a Chinese placement interview via Google Hangouts.
The Chinese Studies Program Office is located in Humanities & Social Sciences Building, room 1009 at Muir College (map). Testing actually takes place in the instructor's office as mentioned in the chart above or on the CALENDAR tab at the top of this webpage.
EXPLANATION OF TRACKS:
Students are categorized into 3 different tracks:
TRACK N – Is for students with absolutely no previous knowledge of Chinese. Non-native speakers will be approved for CHIN courses that are followed by the letter N.
TRACK M – Is for students with previous knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. These heritage speakers will be approved for CHIN courses that are followed by the letter M.
TRACK D – Is for students with previous knowledge of a dialect of Chinese other than Mandarin. These heritage speakers will be approved for CHIN courses that are followed by the letter D.
CHIN courses at UCSD are offered to students that have the potential to learn Mandarin Chinese. For those interested in learning Cantonese you may wish to visit the Linguistics Department (APM 3rd floor) for independent study (LIGN 19) or you may wish to study abroad. Only Mandarin Chinese may be used towards earning a major or minor with the Chinese Studies Program.