Placement Interview

Placement Interview

Online Placement Questionnaire for Chinese Language Courses

ALL incoming students who wish to take ANY CHIN, CNTO, or CLCH-titled courses are required to complete an “On-Line Placement Questionnaire” on to obtain a placement approval for registration. Students without the approval will be removed from the class. To get your placement approval, please go to the website above.

Students who have concerns about their online placement result can The Online Placement Questionnaire allows UBC students to go through the placement procedure anytime and anywhere that is convenient for them.  Students need to fill out a short survey that requests information about their language background and the system will generate a placement approval for appropriate courses based on our General Placement Principles .

Warning : According to University’s Academic Regulation, the following misconducts are subject to penalty: Submitting false records or information, in writing or orally, or failing to provide relevant information when requested. Falsifying or submitting false documents, transcripts or other academic credentials.


General Placement Principles for students who have taken CHINESE abroad (e.g. in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, or Singapore) or in Canada:

Abroad Canada Placement
 Grade 1  Mandarin 10  CHIN141
 Grade 2  Mandarin 11  CHIN241
 Grade 3-4  Mandarin 12  CHIN300
 Grades 5- 6  CHIN400 level heritage language classes (CHIN435-CHIN447)
 Grades 7-12  CHIN400 level Classical Chinese and Literature Courses (CHIN491/493/494, CHIN461/463, CHIN471/473, CHIN481/483/484)
(Note: CHIN451/453, CHIN455/457 are non-heritage courses)



This guide is provided only for general placement purpose. If the students’ actual proficiency is higher than the academic records indicate, they have the right to register for higher level courses.

For students who have taken Mandarin both abroad and in Canada, the placement will be made according to the higher level of the education. (For example, if a student took Grade 5 abroad, but also took Mandarin 12 in Vancouver, he/she should be placed into 400 level language courses.)

Although a recommendation will be given by an interviewer on the placement interview, a student may be placed at a higher or lower level at the discretion of the course instructor after classes have begun. In such a case, a space will be guaranteed in the appropriate course.

Any student who has completed Grade 6 or higher level courses in the PRC, Taiwan, Hong Kong or Singapore will be ineligible for any and all 100-400 level CHIN language courses. Students will NOT BE GIVEN CREDIT for a course for which they are deemed ineligible.