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Language Placement

Chinese Language Placement Test 2023-2024

Who needs to take the Chinese placement test?

All first-year students, transfer students and returning students who have either studied Chinese before or have prior exposure to Mandarin Chinese at home, and plan to fulfill the language requirement and/or would like to continue their study of Chinese. This rule applies to all students in all schools and programs, including graduate programs and professional schools. Students must take the online placement test and the validation test before registering for courses. 

The online placement test is NOT required if

What does the Chinese Language Placement Test look like?

The Chinese placement test includes an online placement test AND validation test. Students must complete both the online placement test and the validation test before their final placement results are posted.

Note: This is a formal exam. Students are not allowed to ask for help during the online test.

How do I take the online portion?

The online placement test site: http://placement.madstudio.northwestern.edu/

After finishing the online placement test between May 1 and July 31, students will get tentative placement results along with information of the validation test at the same site. Please note the tentative result is NOT your final result. The final result won’t be posted at the same site until the validation test is completed.

Please note the test result is valid for 12 months, and students are not allowed to retake the test within 12 months.

What are the next steps after the online portion?

After the online portion is completed, you are required to take a validation exam to receive a final placement result. Chinese placement coordinator Prof. Jingjing Ji will email you the instructions and invite you to the Canvas site 2023FA_CHINESE_PLACEMENT. The validation test includes an essay writing section and an oral interview.

What are the timelines for the placement test?

Incoming students should take the online placement test before July 31, 2023. Returning students are encouraged to take the placement test by this deadline to ensure the test results earlier for assembling fall schedules. After the online test, this group of test takers are required to finish the written exam on Canvas by August 30th and will be scheduled for oral interview on either August 31st or September 1st.

How can I access the test result?

Your final result will be posted at https://placement.madstudio.northwestern.edu after both online portion and the validation test are completed.

Note for students with Chinese AP/IB scores:
The Chinese language program does not recognize AP/IB scores. You are required to take the placement test if you would like to study Chinese at NU and/or satisfy the foreign language requirement of your school.

Questions?
Please contact the Chinese placement test coordinator, Professor Jingjing Ji (jingjing.ji@northwestern.edu)