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 2021

Korean — *Pre-registration required.
Must contact Grant Tompkins prior to the exam to register.
Date: Friday, January 22, 2021
Time: tbd
Location: Remote

Chinese — Must contact Lihua Zhang ( at least one day prior to exam. Please include your student ID, email address, major, and background of learning Chinese. 
Date: Friday, January 22, 2021
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. 
Location: Remote

Japanese — *Pre-registration required

The next date for the Japanese Proficiency Test is at 2:00 pm (Pacific Time) on Friday, January 15, 2021. This year, you will take the test online, and then, there will be a short oral component. If you wish to take the Japanese Proficiency Test on that day, please notify Yasuko Konno Baker as soon as you can.


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.
  • You can take the Proficiency Exam only once.

Sample Tests: 

  • There are no sample tests for Korean or Chinese. 
  • A sample test for Japanese can be found at: by clicking “Placement Guidelines” under “Courses” 

Chinese Test Information:

  • This test is administered online and proctored in a designated computer room. 
  • The test has two different forms.  One form uses traditional characters and the other form uses simplified characters. Select the one you wish to use when you begin the test.
  • The test consists of four different language sections: vocabulary, grammar, reading, and writing.
  • There are multiple-choice questions in the first three sections. For the writing section, you can either type in the characters in a simplified or traditional form or you can write them by hand on a composition sheet provided to you.
  • There is no comparison between this test and any other Chinese tests, such as the AP, the HSK, or the IB.
  • You can take the test only once. If your test result does not meet the prescribed foreign language requirement of your college major, and if you have had no formal education in a Chinese-speaking country up to the sixth grade, you can take an appropriate Chinese language course to fulfill your language requirements of your college major.

Evaluation and Grade: 

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: 

The test results reported to your college major shows the number of semesters equivalent to one in the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language programs of the EALC Department. Your college major determines whether you meet the foreign language requirement. 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.