Fall 2021 East Asian Languages Placement Exams

May 4, 2021

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Chinese Placement Exam

Test Date:

Friday, July 30

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm ET Written Test (composition; grammar & reading)

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm ET Oral Test (you will be assigned a 5-minute test slot between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm. A Zoom link with your assigned slot will be sent to you through email)

Makeup Exams:

Friday, August 20

8:30 am - 10:30 am ET Written Test (composition; grammar & reading)

10:30 am - 12:30 pm ET Oral Test (you will be assigned a 5-minute test slot between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm. A Zoom link with your assigned slot will be sent to you through email)

 

Monday, August 23

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm ET Written Test (composition; grammar & reading)

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm ET Oral Test (you will be assigned a 5-minute test slot between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm. A Zoom link with your assigned slot will be sent to you through email)

 

How to take the exam?

1. To register for the Chinese placement exam, you MUST fill out the Chinese Placement Exam Survey TWO DAYS prior to the exam, as we need to designate how many teachers will be operating the tests based off of which dates students will be testing. However, if you miss the deadline, you can still register for the exam by filling out the survey. But it would be appreciated if you can finish it two days prior to the exam. Thank you so much for your cooperation.

Here is the link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=9CL6b2hFBUGtQy461HJp...

 

2. The placement exam includes three parts: grammar & reading, composition and oral interview. Before the exam, you will receive an email including the following information:

• The Zoom meeting address for grammar & reading and composition exam, which you need to attend first;

• The Zoom meeting address for the oral interview. You will find your name on an excel file where you can find the Zoom link.

 

3. On the exam day you signed up for, please attend the Zoom meeting for grammar & reading and composition exam first, where you will receive the exam links on Zoom chat. When you come to join the Zoom meeting, you will receive an exam link for composition first, you will be given half an hour to finish your composition (by typing). After that, you will receive the exam link for grammar & reading test. You will have one hour and a half to finish this part. You will have an 3-5 minutes oral interview afterwards.

Test requirements

1. You must have

• One of the following: Harvard ID, driver’s license, passport, or government ID

• A quiet, well-lit room

• A reliable internet connection

• A computer

• 2 hours of free time for grammar & reading exam and composition, 5 minutes for oral interview

2. Your computer must have

• Zoom (a video conferencing app)

• A browser

• A Chinese input for typing the composition

• A front-facing camera

• A microphone

 

What you should know before the exam?

1. IMPORTANT: Please make sure to register by filling out the online questionnaire before you attend the exam.

2. Please prepare your valid ID (with a profile photo on it), such as a Harvard ID, driver’s license, passport, or government ID. You will be asked to show your ID card to the teachers both on the grammar & reading exam Zoom meeting and the oral interview Zoom meeting.

3. Please prepare your laptop and make sure it is 100% charged. During the exam, please check your device battery constantly to make sure that you will not lose any work due to sudden power-off of computer.

4. Please notice that you will finish the composition by typing instead of writing the Chinese characters. Make sure Chinese input is already installed in your laptop. If you have any questions of installing Chinese input, please contact Harvard IT as soon as possible so you can have your laptop prepared for the exam.

5. Please be on time for the exam. The online exam will only be open in our exam time (0.5 hour for composition, 1.5 hours for grammar & reading), and once it is closed, you will not be able to access the exam.

6. General Instruction for the Online Placement Test:

· No switching to any other browser windows during exam.

· No use of any other tools other than the Chinese input system on the computer.

· No asking for help.

· Any suspicious actions on computer will lead to immediate termination of your exam.
 

Vietnamese Placement Exam

By appointment only: please e-mail Program Director Binh Ngo at binhngo @ fas.harvard.edu. Exams will be scheduled after June 21.