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Modern Chinese PhD Reading Exam

Description: The intent of the Ph.D. reading exam is to assess the candidate's ability to understand secondary texts (criticism, history, analysis, etc.) in his/her academic field, and to assess general reading comprehension of journalistic texts that are readily accessible in the Chinese press.
 
The test is composed of two parts:
  • Part I consists of comprehension questions based on a recent newspaper or magazine article on a current issue. Both questions and answers are in English.
  • Part II tests the candidate’s ability to translate accurately a passage of Chinese prose into English. The passage will be a literary-focused piece selected from a current scholarly journal or book.
A few hints on translation:
  • Remember that each English sentence must make good sense. Never produce an unintelligible English translation.
  • A good translation should not look or sound like a translation. The English of the translation should correspond to English which would have been used if the thought had first been expressed in English instead of Chinese.
  • You may use a book dictionary. Please bring your own Chinese/English dictionary.
The duration of the test is two hours.
 
Scheduled by appointment. If you are planning to take the exam, please contact the examiner, Huazhi Wang, at huazhi@stanford.edu to make an arrangement.