The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures schedules placement tests each year. Students who need to schedule the exam(s) should follow below:
Chinese Placement Exam
All students who are not total beginners are required to take the two-part placement exam. This exam is designed to assess your current level of proficiency in Mandarin and to allow the faculty to place you in an appropriate language class – one that will be challenging but not overwhelming. You need not study for this exam.
Please plan to complete both parts of the exam by July 19 so that you can register for the appropriate class. Registration begins August 1, 2022; however, an additional oral placement test will be held on August 23.
In order to take the written exam and sign up for the oral exam, you will need to log in with your Macalester email account.
Part 1: Written Exam: Click here to access the one hour-long written exam. You may take this exam only once.
After you have completed both the written and the oral parts of the exam, you will receive an email informing you of your placement.
Japanese Placement Exam
The exam is scheduled for August 22, 2022, 10-noon CDT on Zoom. To register and receive information, send an email to Satoko Suzuki (email@example.com).
Here is the general format of the exam.
- Written Component: The written component will include questions about grammar, a prompt to write a short essay (appropriate for the level being tested), and a section on kanji.
- Oral Component: The oral interview will consist of questions in Japanese that you will be expected to answer in Japanese.
Please note that this is a diagnostic exam. It is not meant to signify achievement in learning. The exams are not graded. There is no need to study for this exam. These exams are purely meant to give us the information about your current abilities that we need to place you in the Japanese course within our curriculum that would be the best fit for you: challenging but not overwhelming.
If you feel that the class you are placed in is too difficult or too easy you will be permitted to change classes.