Chinese Language Placement Testing

When do I sit the Chinese Language Placement Test for CHIN units?
If you wish to study Chinese language units for the first time at UWA, you'll need to take a placement test. The test takes about 30 minutes and does not require any preparation. It is designed to determine the most suitable language stream for your skill level and experience, and is required even if you are a complete beginner.

The Semester 1, 2020 test dates are provided below. Please attend the session relevant to your degree and arrive within the first half an hour of the start time to sit the test, which should take less than 30 minutes to complete.

Students can submit class timetable preferences in the Class Allocation System (CAS) for any enrolled units as usual, even if the current status for that unit is 'invalid' / in 'breach'.
Note: From 2020, Indonesian language students will not sit a language placement test, and will be tested during Week 1 classes instead to ensure you're in the correct unit for your language skill level.

O-Week Dates

Wednesday 19 February 2020 Science and Health and Medical Sciences students 12:00 - 1:00pm Gentilli Lecture Theatre
Thursday 20 February 2020 Arts, Business, and Design students 9:30 - 10:30am Gentilli Lecture Theatre
Friday 21 February 2020 Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences students 12:30 - 1:30pm Gentilli Lecture Theatre

Location notes
The Gentilli Lecture Theatre is on the first floor, room 1.31 in the Geography and Geology Building, UWA main campus.

What to bring
Your UWA student campus card or offer letter; and a pen or pencil. We recommend bringing a bag if you are carrying other belongings with you.

What will happen?
When you arrive, you'll be asked to place all belongings (including mobile phones and electrical devices, which should be powered down or set to silent) at the front of the lecture theatre. You will only require a pen or pencil, and your UWA Student ID number on hand.

You will be directed to take a seat and read the instructions projected on the screen. A test paper will be given to you to complete as much as you can, to the best of your knowledge. If you don't know anything – don't worry, many students will be at beginner level. When you finish your paper, raise your hand and a member of staff will collect your paper from you and give it to one of the language assessors who will be at the back of the room. Remain in your seat.

Once the assessor has examined your test, they will call your name and you will speak to them briefly. The assessor will advise you of the unit you are eligible for. Once assessed, collect your belongings and leave the room. In the days following, you will receive an email from your Student Advising Office to your UWA student email account informing you that the 'invalid' status of your enrolment has been waived; or, advising you which unit you can enrol in. Attend any classes or lectures for the unit as a guest until your 'invalid' status has been waived by your Student Advising Office. Check the status of your unit in studentConnect. You will be able to access LMS materials once your 'invalid' is waived. As this process takes time, ask your Unit Coordinator to print Week 1 & 2 LMS materials for you, if possible.

After the test
If you have been assessed at a different level than what you currently have an 'invalid' for, change your enrolment via studentConnect as soon as possible. If it is after Week 1 (and the 'Last day to add a unit'), contact your Student Advising Office for advice.

Already sat a language placement test?
If you're already studying Chinese and have received a notice regarding a placement test, and/or have already sat a test previously, you will not need to sit a Language Placement Test again. First check that you are enrolling in the correct unit code (for example, you might want the Level 2 code CHIN2403 Chinese 3 rather than Level 1 code CHIN1403 Chinese 3); and, if you think you're enrolling in the right unit code but are still receiving an 'invalid' / in 'breach' status, contact your Student Advising Office for assistance.

Chinese Native or Near-Native Speakers
Native or near-native speakers of Chinese are able to enrol for the following units providing they have space in their course: CHIN3409, CHIN3410, CHIN2003, CHIN2004. If this is you, and you have an 'invalid', let us know via Email Us and use the subject line 'Chinese Native Speaker'. You do not need to sit a placement test.

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