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Modern Chinese Placement Testing

To complete the placement process, you must take the Online Text Component, followed by a separately scheduled Zoom appointment for an oral and written test. The online text component must be completed before the oral and written test.

Honor Code

While taking any placement test, remember that you are subject to the Stanford Honor Code and Fundamental Standard.  Specifically, you are not permitted to receive outside assistance on these examinations.  "Outside assistance" means, among other things, the use of books, notes, dictionaries, grammar books, spell checkers, grammar checkers, translation tools, cutting and pasting foreign language items from the web, and composing items in writing before speaking.

It is very important that you do your best on this exam and that you do not receive any help with it. In order to make good judgments about your language placement in Stanford programs, we need good information about your level and knowledge.

Online Text Component

Please complete the online text component before July 15 and schedule your Zoom online interview as soon as possible (details below). All placement testing should be completed by August 31.

This online exam represents step one of the Chinese Placement Test and covers reading, grammar, and vocabulary. Please see the table below for guidelines on when to take the online test.

Important:  You will have only 90 minutes to complete the test once you log in and begin. Please allow enough time to take the entire test in a single sitting as you cannot log out and log back in. To proceed, click the appropriate link in the box below (Simplified Characters or Traditional Characters), sign in with your SUNet ID and password, then click “Enroll in Course” when you are ready to begin the test.

Oral and Written Portions

The next step of the placement process is an online oral interview and writing test conducted during a scheduled 60-minute Zoom session. This will be a live, one-on-one interview with a certified tester, one of the instructors in the program. Please sign up for your interview using the link provided on the introduction page of the Chinese placement test (link below for online text component).

At the time of your Zoom interview, please be sure to have the following items at hand:  

   1. Pen/pencil and blank paper  

   2. Your Stanford ID number  

   3. A photo ID  

  4. Your SUNet ID


Online Text Portion

June 1 - July 15, 2021

Select one from below to take online test.



Oral and Written Portions

To schedule, please follow link on introduction page of Online Text Portion.


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