Fall 2021 East Asian Languages Placement Exams

May 4, 2021

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.
 

Japanese Placement Exam

Test Date:

Thursday, August 12th 10:00AM-Friday, August 13th 10:00AM (Eastern Time)

Makeup Date:

Thursday, August 19th 10:00AM-Friday, August 20th 10:00AM (Eastern Time)

  • Those who miss taking the Japanese Placement Exam on the dates above, please go to the placement test site (see below) to find new dates and instructions.
  • The Japanese Placement Exam is administered digitally. Please see 5. Exam Format for details.
  • Please take note of the following important steps you must take before the date of the exam.  
  1. By four days before the exam:
  • Registration:

You must register for the exam by filling out the 2021 Fall Student Questionnaire for the Japanese Placement Test by August 9th.

  • Link to the registration and placement test:

https://icommons-tools.tlt.harvard.edu/shopping/course_selfreg/88441

*The test is administered in CANVAS. If you do not have a HUID (Harvard University ID), you must sign up for an XID at https://xid.harvard.edu prior to taking the test. 

  • Sign up for an oral interview:

An individual oral interview will be given to you via Zoom during the placement exam period. When you register for the exam, please sign up for a 10-minute oral interview on the placement test site, on or before August 9th.

2. By the exam day:

  • Activate Japanese language fonts on your device before the day of the test and familiarize yourself with their use, including hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Installation instructions for both Mac and PC can be found here. If you have any questions about installing the Japanese input software, please contact Harvard IT as soon as possible so you can have your laptop ready in advance of the exam.
  • Please make sure your laptop is 100% charged. During the exam, please check your device battery regularly to make sure that you do not lose any work due to your computer suddenly losing power.
  • Your computer must have access to CANVAS (see the link above).

 

3. On the day of the exam:

  • Locate yourself in a quiet, well-lit room with a reliable internet connection.
  • Make sure you have a headset for the listening comprehension section of the exam.

 

4. When you take the exam:

  • Honor Code:

When you start the exam, go first to the Japanese Language Placement Test Honor Code section and fill out the necessary information. Keep in mind the Harvard honor code while taking the test. Opening tabs or windows to any site outside of the quiz and its questions may constitute a violation of the honor code. Additionally, sharing the link or any of the test’s contents with others is a violation of the honor code

  • Listening Comprehension:

The listening comprehension section of the exam will be administered one time at the beginning of each exam period, i.e., August 12th at 10:10AM EST and for make-up exam, August 19th at 10:10AM EST.

  • Oral Interview:

When it is time for your oral interview, please go to the zoom link to meet with an instructor for the level you wish to place into. You will also be contacted to confirm the link and time of your interview a day before the exam. 

  • Accommodations:

If you will need any special accommodations for the test (e.g., assistance for a visual/hearing impairment or extra time), please contact Rebecca Mahoney < mahoney@fas.harvard.edu>

5. Exam Format:

The exam consists of the following five sections with the time limit for each shown in ( ):

  1. Listening Comprehension (20 minutes) [administered one time to all students taking the exam at the beginning of each exam period via Zoom]
  2. Grammar (40 minutes)
  3. Reading Comprehension (40 minutes)   [Choose one option.]
    (III-A) for those wishing to place into 2nd year Japanese.
    (III-B) for those wishing to place into 3rd year Japanese.
    (III-C) for those wishing to place into 4th year Japanese.

    (III-D)for those wishing to place into 5th year Japanese.
  4. Essay Writing (30 minutes)
  5. Oral Interview (10 minutes) [administered individually via Zoom]
  • You may complete sections II-IV in any order you wish as long as you complete all the sections within a 24-hour period.
  • In III. Reading Comprehension, choose only one option to complete from III-A, III-B, III-C, or III-D depending on the level that you wish to place into.
  • Each of the sections II-IV has a time limit, so please be careful to pace yourself so as to answer the questions in each section within the time allotted.
  • If you finish the answers in a section before the time limit is up, you may submit the answers early and move on to another section.
  • Please note that each section closes automatically when the time limit is up, and you cannot take any section more than once.
  • DO NOT:
    (1) switch to any other browser window during the exam.
    (2) make use of any tools other than the Japanese input system on your computer.
    (3) seek the help of any other person during the exam.

6. After the exam:

You will be notified of the results of your test on the next business day after the end of the exam period
 

Korean Placement Exam

TEST DATES:
-Option 1: Friday, July 9, 2021
-Option 2: Friday, August 6, 2021

(*Make-up date: Monday, August 23, 2021)

TIME
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (EST) Writing /Reading/Grammar & 10-min Oral Exam between 3:00 pm-5:00 pm (EST)
(You will be assigned a time for the Oral exam upon registration)

*If none of the date or time works, please email hisun@fas.harvard.edu.

TO REGISTER:

  • To register for the exam, please fill out the registration form and questionnaire (at least two days before the chosen exam date) through the link below: https://forms.gle/hQgqo8PXCYDb5tys6
  • Once we receive your completed online form, we will send you a confirmation email with instructions and a zoom link for the Written Exam (Composition/Reading/Grammar) and your assigned time slot & zoom link for the Oral Exam.

ON THE DAY OF THE EXAM:

  • Please come into the zoom session 5 minutes before to check in. You MUST be registered prior to taking the exam.
  • After checking in, you will be given detailed instructions to access the placement exam through a canvas site.
     

Literary/Classical Chinese Placement Exam

For information about Literary/Classical Chinese at Harvard and the placement exams for first- and second-year courses, please visit the Literary and Classical Chinese Language Program website.

 

Placement exams for Fall 2021 (online via Canvas)

Option 1: Monday, July 12

Option 2: Monday, August 9

Students may begin the three-hour exam at an hour of their own choosing on either day. Registration in advance is required.

 

To make arrangements for a placement exam in Literary/Classical Chinese, e-mail David Sena, Preceptor in Literary Chinese (dsena@fas.harvard.edu). Please provide your name and year of study, and describe your prior study of Literary or Classical Chinese. Indicate whether you intend to take the first- or the second-year exam (see program website for details about this). Please also specify what time zone you will be located in when you take the 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.