Proficiency Exams

These tests are administered once every semester. There are no make-up tests given.

This IS NOT a placement test. These tests are for those who are seeking to have their foreign language requirement waived. 

You MUST be ON time. Remember to bring your student ID and a pen or pencil. 

Please note: Our proficiency tests are for admitted UCB students only. We do not offer proficiency tests for UCB applicants or non-UCB students.

Spring 2018

Korean — No preregistration necessary
Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. 
Location: 3401 Dwinelle

Tibetan — Must contact Jann Ronis (jann.ronis@berkeley.edu) prior to exam 
Date: tbd
Time: tbd
Location: tbd

Chinese — Must contact Lihua Zhang (zhanglihua@berkeley.edu) at least one day prior to exam. Please include your student ID, email address, major, and background of learning Chinese.
Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. 
Location: B-21 Dwinelle

Japanese — Must contact Yasuko Konno Baker (ykonno@berkeley.edu) prior to exam 
Date: Friday, January 12, 2018
Time: 2:00pm
Location: B-21 Dwinelle
Try sample test (if interested) at http://japanese.berkeley.edu/
Click “Placement Guidelines” under “Courses” 

Additional information 

  • The Proficiency Exam is scheduled twice a year. Please verify the schedule before you come. 
  • This IS NOT a placement test. These tests are for those who are seeking to have their foreign language requirement waived. 
  • It is a written test, with no oral or aural component.

Sample Tests: 

  • There are no sample tests for Korean, Tibetan, or Chinese. 
  • A sample test for Japanese can be found at: http://japanese.berkeley.edu/ by clicking “Placement Guidelines” under “Courses” 

Chinese Test Information:

  • This test is administered online. 
  • There are two forms for the Chinese test: 1) with traditional characters; 2) with simplified characters. There is no pinyin or other phonetic system. (You will select the one you wish to take when you begin the test). 
  • In one of the sections of the test you will be expected to write a composition. 

Korean Test Information:

This test will consist of written parts only (Level 1 to Level 3). 

Evaluation of the Tests: 

The test is evaluated in terms of the number of university-level study. (The range is from zero semesters to more than ten). 

Test Results: 

Instructions on when and how you will find the results of the test will be given at the time of the test. 

You must bring the name and email address of the person and/or Department that needs to receive the test results.