Placement Test


The Chinese School offers five levels (Level 1, 2, 2.5, 3, 4) of instruction. Placement level is determined by an assessment of proficiency in three areas: grammar, reading, and speaking. There is no writing sample required for summer 2022.

Placement testing will be done prior to the start of the session, starting in April, with notification of your placement level provided in time for the purchase of any required textbooks and materials. Grammar and reading tests will be done online, and a speaking proficiency check via Zoom.

You will need to use your Middlebury email to access the online placement test, so please review the instructions to set up your Middlebury account (Item 2.2).


  • Online test: Multiple Choice
  • Time allotted: 75 minutes
  • Deadline : May 31


  • Online test: Multiple Choice
  • Time allotted: 150 minutes
  • Deadline : May 31


  • Individual conversation with a teacher (10-20 minutes)
  • You will receive a scheduling email in May.
  • Deadline: June 1 


  • These tests are used solely to determine placement in the level that is most appropriate for you. Your performance on the placement tests does not affect your grades in any way.
  • For the most accurate assessment of your skill, it is very important that you
    do not use any reference materials, such as dictionary and translation apps, information found online, textbooks, and any other outside assistance.
  • You may only access each exam once, and should remain online the entire time.
  • Tests are available in both simplified and traditional characters; choose one.
  • You will not receive actual exam scores or results. Your level assignment will be sent to your Middlebury email after you have completed all required placement testing. If all required testing is complete by the deadlines, you will receive your level placement by June 6.
  • Beginner students: The placement test is optional.
  • For technical assistance, please contact the Technology HelpDesk
    by email:
    by phone:802-443-2200




When you are ready to complete the exam, please read through the instructions below before you begin.

1)) Set up your Middlebury account (email username + password).

Please follow the instructions in the email from Middlebury College with instructions for setting up your Middlebury account and email. (Check your email spam folder if you cannot find this email.)

Instructions:  (Item 2.2)

If you cannot remember your Middlebury credentials, please go to

2)) Log in to the Placement Test in Canvas.

Go to Chinese School Canvas Placement Test:

Students can self-enroll in the course once you share with them this URL:

–Log in with your Middlebury email/username and password.
–Click “Join this Course.”
–Click on “Directions” at the top of the page and follow the directions to complete the relevant assessments.


Thank you!

In early June, notice of your level assignment will be sent to your Middlebury email. No results or grades from these assessments will be provided to you.