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Chinese (Mandarin) Language Placement Test

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For Fall, 2015 registration, please contact Chinese faculty member, Hsin-Yun Liu for information on the Chinese Placement Advisory and advice on which Chinese class to take

The Chinese Language Placement Advisory test will next be given as follows:

  • DATE:  May 12, 2015 (Tuesday)
  • TIME:  4:15 - 4:45 P.M.
  • LOCATION:  R-403 (Language Center, Rosenberg Library, Ocean Campus)

Please note:  

For Chinese courses in Fall 2015, there is no blocking of registration for Chinese courses for which you've met pre-requisites outside of CCSF.

For Spring, 2016 registration procedures, watch this space.

Contact Dr. Liu:


  • 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

Students Taking the Chinese Placement Test:

  1. GO to the internet site of the placement test from any Internet connected computer - you can 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 menus.
  5. Choose Begin.
  6. Enter your information - You will need your CCSF ID.
  7. Click Submit Information.
  8. Follow the directions to take the test.
  9. SAVE YOUR RESULTS by printing out the form OR by saving as a PDF.
  10. E-mail or take the results to your instructor.