Fulfilling the Language Requirement

The language requirements for EAS Majors and Specialists can be fulfilled in a few different ways: coursework, a placement test, or a combination of the two. Students may successfully complete coursework at the appropriate level (200-level for Majors and 300-level for Specialists). Students with prior background may be able to place in a 200- or 300-level language class or meet the language requirement without taking courses by taking a placement test. Students who pass the language placement tests for EAS Majors or Specialists, or who are placed in higher-level language courses, must replace those credits with Society-Culture courses at any level or courses in one of the other languages offered. For Japanese and Korean, please register for the course placement interview/test process.

Upcoming Chinese Placement Tests

Placement tests for Major and Specialists will take place in August 2021. 

  • Please submit a Chinese Placement Test Form. After submitting the form, write an essay (Majors: 250 simple-form or traditional characters; Specialists: 300 simple-form or traditional characters) in Word and send it as an attachment to the Chinese Language Coordinator, Professor Hsiao-wei Rupprecht, at hsiaowei.rupprecht@utoronto.ca by 5 pm on Thursday, August 26. The title of your essay is “My Favorite Chinese Dish.” Please indicate whether you are a Major or Specialist on your essay. You will have a ten-minute scheduled interview with Professor Rupprecht on Monday, August 30, 10 am - 2 pm, on Zoom. An interview time and Zoom link will be provided prior to your interview. Prepare for your interview by logging in at least ten minutes before your scheduled start time to try out the sound. Professor Rupprecht will not wait for you to solve any technical issues during the interview. Once your allotted time is up, she will move on to the next student. Re-scheduling an interview is absolutely not an option.

If you pass the placement test, your language requirement on Degree Explorer will be waived. If you have any questions about this, please email the Program Administrator.