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Chinese (Mandarin) Language Placement Test

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  • CHIN 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 4A, 4B. =The first two years of college Chinese study (Mandarin) for language learners. Chinese 1 and 1A assume no previous knowledge.
  • CHIN 31, 32, 33, 36: Courses for heritage speakers of Chinese in both language (Mandarin) and culture. These courses are for those who speak another dialect of Chinese and know some Mandarin.
  • CHIN 12 A, B, C : Conversation courses in Mandarin for Chinese language learners.
  • CHIN 14 A, B, C: Conversation courses for those who already speak other dialects of Chinese.
  • CHIN 10 A, B, C: Conversation courses in Cantonese

For Spring 2016

To enroll in courses that have prerequisites you must challenge the prerequisite if you have not completed the prerequisite course at CCSF.  There are two ways to do this:

  1. PROVIDE A TRANSCRIPT: If you have studied Chinese previously at another college, you will need to provide a transcript of the course(s) you completed in order to enroll at a higher level course. An unoffical transcript is okay.   SEE A below.

  2. TAKE PLACEMENT TEST: If you acquired skills outside of a classroom (spoke at home, lived and/or studied in a Chinese-speaking region, or attended a Chinese immersion school, etc.), or cannot locate a transcript, in order to enroll in a course with prerequisites, you will need to take the placement test. The test can be taken online. SEE B below.

A. Provide Transcript


  1. Please provide the transcript showing the course that you successfully took at your other college AND a course description from the college catalog (usually available on the college website). An unoffical transcript is okay.
  2.  Fill out a Prerequisite Challenge Form
  3. If your transcript is from a California  public college or university:  Take or send the Prerequisite Challenge Form AND your transcript to the  Matriculation Office. (Contact below
  4. If your transcript is from a private or out-of-state college or university:  Please bring the Prerequisite Challenge form, your transcript AND a copy of the course description (often available on the college website) to the FL Eligibility Coordinator, the   Foreign Languages Department office, OR to the Office of the Dean of Foreign Languages and English.

  5. If approved, your registration will be unblocked within 5 working days.

B. Take Placement Test


  1. GO to the internet site of the placement test from any Internet connected computer - you may take the test in the CCSF Language Center (Rosenberg Library, R-403) if you like. It should not take more than 30 minutes.
  2. Click here to go straight to the WebCAPE portal (will open in a new window).
  3. Enter the Password: california1
  4. Choose "Chinese" from the drop down menu.
  5. Enter your information - You will need your CCSF ID.
  6. Click Submit Information.
  7. Follow the directions to take the test.
  8. SAVE YOUR RESULTS. Print the results page OR save it as a PDF.
  9. Fill out a Prerequisite Challenge Form
  10. Provide to the FL Eligibility Coordinator OR the  MATRICULATION OFFICE:  Contact info below:
  11. If approved, your registration will be unblocked within 5 working days.

Chinese Placement Advisor: If your test results do not place you definitively, and if you need advice for which course to take based on test results, please contact the Chinese Placement Advisor: Hsin-Yun Liu (


Contact the Matriculation Office

How to contact the Matriculation Office

  •  In person: Conlan Hall, room 204 (Ocean Campus)
  •  By
  •  By FAX: (415) 452-5127
  • By phone: (415) 239-3751

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