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Placement Testing in Chinese
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Advisory Placement Testing in Chinese
A City College of San Francisco (CCSF) Program

This program is administered under the Credit by Examination Law and the following requirements apply (see the CCSF catalog):
1. The student must have completed 12 units at CCSF by the end of the current semester.
2. The student must have earned a G.P.A. of 2.0 or higher at the end of the current semester.
3. The student is not eligible if s/he has already completed 12 units through Credit by Examination.
Please note the following:
• The Chinese Placement Test (CPT) was created by the Chinese Program faculty of the CCSF Foreign Language Department for internal use only. The CPT focuses on the reading aspect of Chinese language competency. Listening, speaking, and writing are not included.

• The CPT can only be used by the Chinese Program to assess students’ Chinese language proficiency level so that they may be placed in the appropriate language classes in our program at CCSF.

• Without permission, no other CCSF office, faculty, counselor, or staff is allowed to administer or use the CPT for any purposes.

• Only those students who are interested in taking Chinese language classes at CCSF should take the CPT.
• Students who do not plan to take Chinese language classes at CCSF should not take the CPT.

• Students’ CPT score is used as a reference by the CPT advisor to place the student in the appropriate language class in our program. The test results should not be used for any other purpose.

• During the first two weeks of the new semes`ter, the instructor of the class in which the student is placed and the CPT advisor may jointly decide to recommend that the student transfer to another class that can better meet the needs of the student.

• The CPT score is used for advisory purposes only. The CCSF Chinese Program does NOT issue any certification of Chinese language competency/proficiency based on the CPT score.

• Students may NOT use the result of the CPT to fulfill any high school, college, or university course requirements.

• Students may NOT use the result of the CPT for the purpose of transferring to another college or university.

• Students may NOT use the result of the CPT for the purpose of fulfilling job requirements.
Students who take the CPT and complete the Chinese language class assigned with a grade of A or B may receive extra units. For example, if a student is placed in Chinese 3 and successfully completes the class with a grade of A or B, the student may be awarded units for both Chinese 2 (5 units) and Chinese 3 (5 units). However, the extra units are not awarded automatically. The student must be recommended by the instructor who may take the following points into consideration: the student’s class performance, class participation, class attendance, completion of assignments on time, and demonstration of motivation to improve. The extra units (e.g., Chinese 2), are NOT assigned a letter grade. Only units of credit can be given.
At this time, the CPT is used to place students in the following classes: Chinese 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 4A, and 4B.
Students who would like to know their CPT results for the purpose of registering in a Chinese language class must e-mail Dr. LIU Hsin-yun at No other method of communication is allowed.
To take the CPT, each student must select either the simplified character or traditional character test:

1. Present a photo ID.
2. Use a #2 pencil to mark the test answer sheet.
3. After completing the test, submit the (scantron) test answer sheet along with the unmarked test to the person who handed you the test.
4. Do not share the test or take the test out of the testing room for any reason.

Test Location and Dates for Fall Semester 2012 TBA

Please be advised that if you plan to transfer to a University of California campus and have attended school in China, Taiwan, or Hong Kong through ninth grade, you will NOT receive credit for any Chinese language courses taken at CCSF. Please ask your counselor if you have further questions.
Reference: UC Counselor Resources, Advising Students with International Records, p. 3

For further information, please contact the CCSF Foreign Language Department, located in the Creative Arts Building, Room 202, on the Ocean campus:

(415) 239-3223
Department Chair: Dr. Thomas Blair


Foreign Language Department | Language Center