Placement Procedure

ALL incoming students who wish to take ANY CHIN, CNTO, or CLCH courses are required to complete the placement procedure whether you’re a new or continuing student. Students who do not follow the placement procedure will be removed from the course. 

Step 1: Take the Online Questionnaire

The online questionnaire will place students into the appropriate level of classes according to their language background. Please register a Chinese course in accordance with your online questionnaire result (certificate).

Step 2: Understand Your Result

Upon completion of the online questionnaire, the student will receive a certificate email titled “Placement interview completed”. Please first carefully read through your certificate.



What to expect?

If you are eligible to enroll

You can ignore the prerequisites for your approved courses and register for them on SSC. It is not mandatory for you to sign up for the placement interview.

You will need a placement interview if:

a) If you are required to do a placement interview

You have a complex language background and are required to do an additional placement interview in order to better determine your language levels.

b) If you have concerns regarding your online questionnaire result (certificate)

If you think the placement does not accurately reflect your language level, please sign up for a placement interview↓. If you have further questions concerning the placement, you can email Please follow the proper email format found here.


Please note that the location of the in-person placement interview will take place virtually in ZOOM due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Please enroll yourself to THIS CANVAS COURSE to make an appointment and access the zoom link. 

The upcoming interview dates and times can be found below.

Date Time
December 21, Wednesday 10:00am-12:00pm
January 3, Tuesday 1:00pm-3:00pm
January 4, Wednesday 1:00pm-3:00pm
January 5, Thursday 1:00pm-3:00pm
January 6, Friday 1:00pm-3:00pm
January 7, Saturday 7:00pm-8:00pm
January 8, Sunday 2:00pm-4:00pm
January 9, Monday 10:00am-12:00pm
January 10, Tuesday 10:00am-12:00pm
January 11, Wednesday 1:00pm-3:00pm
January 13, Friday 1:00pm-3:00pm
January 14, Saturday 1:00pm-3:00pm
January 15, Sunday 2:00pm-4:00pm
January 16, Monday 1:00pm-3:00pm
January 18, Wednesday 10:00am-12:00pm
January 20, Friday 1:00pm-3:00pm
January 22, Sunday 2:00pm-4:00pm
March 1, Wednesday 10:00am-12:00pm
March 17, Friday 10:00am-12:00pm
April 19, Wednesday 10:00am-12:00pm

Note: If none of the time above works for you or there are no more available time slots, please email with your available time slots and we will try to accommodate that.

Email Format

If you have further questions concerning the placement, you can email

Your email title should include FULL NAME and # STUDENT NUMBER, e.g. Robert Smith, #12345678. If you are concerned about your eligibility for a certain course, add the course number at the end, e.g. Robert Smith, #12345678 CHIN233.

You can expect to hear back within 48 hours during regular teaching days. During peak registration days, please allow up to 5 days before sending in another email with the same inquiry. You may experience delays if the email title convention is not followed.

Please note if your question is specifically about CNTO courses, please email the Cantonese Language Program at

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