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 2019

Korean — No preregistration necessary.
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019 
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. 
Location: 3401 Dwinelle

Tibetan — Must contact the Department at ealc-advising@berkeley.edu before the beginning of the Spring 2019 semester.
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 23, 2019
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 18, 2019
Time: 2:00pm
Location: B-21 Dwinelle

 

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 semesters of university-level study. (The range is from zero semesters to more than ten). 

Test Results: 

Test results will be available approximately one month after the exam date and will be sent to your college/major advisor.

Please contact your college/major advisor for the results.