The Chinese Proficiency Test serves only to fulfill the General Education language requirement. No course placement recommendation is given to those who fail, and no academic credit is awarded to those who pass.
The test is designed to evaluate your reading, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking skills in Mandarin Chinese and to evaluate those skills independent of Chinese regional dialect, skill level, or character set (i.e., either simplified or traditional). You will be able to choose the character set you prefer before the test begins. To pass, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in listening comprehension, reading comprehension, and writing in Mandarin Chinese. Superior performance in one skill does not compensate for inadequate performance in another skill. Speaking, however, is optional. If you choose to do the speaking tasks, your speech sample will not count towards your grade on the exam.
The Chinese Proficiency Test is given at the Testing Center. The fee is $25. Registration is required. There are four versions of the exam corresponding to the different levels of proficiency (3rd, 4th, 6th, and 8th). Before logging in to register, you must know which level of proficiency your academic program requires. You have only one opportunity to take the proficiency test.
If your goal is to continue studying Chinese, you need to take the placement test, not the proficiency test. A preliminary course placement recommendation will appear as soon as you finish, based on your scores on the multiple-choice listening comprehension and reading comprehension sections. If your speaking and writing performance indicate that the initial placement should be adjusted, you will be informed of this via email shortly before classes start.