Placement Tests

ALL incoming students who wish to take ANY CHIN, CNTO, or CLCH-titled courses are required to complete an “On-Line Placement Questionnaire” on to obtain a placement approval for registration. Students without the approval will be removed from the class. To get your placement approval, please go to the website above.

Please note the following

If you have any concerns about your placement result, please email or sign up for in-person placement interview.

For email, your email title should include FULL NAME and # STUDENT NUMBER, e.g. Robert Smith, #12345678. If you are concerned about your eligibility for a certain course, add the course number at the end, e.g. Robert Smith, #12345678 CHIN233. You can expect to hear back within 48 hours during regular teaching days. During peak registration days, please allow up to 5 days before sending in another email with the same inquiry. You may experience delays if email title convention is not followed.

Please note, if your question is specifically about CNTO courses, please email Mr. Pai directly at

For in-person placement interview, please see the upcoming interview dates and time below. Please sign up for a time slot at

An advisor will place you into an appropriate level/course directly based on your background and proficiency level by the end of your interview. However, after class starts, a course instructor has the right to move the student to a different level/course upon further review. A student can also request to be placed at a different level/course after class starts should he/she finds the course to be inappropriate for his/her level.


Date Time Location
April 23, Monday 1:30pm-3:30pm Auditorium Annex B #215
April 27, Friday 1:30pm-3:30pm Auditorium Annex B #215
May 3, Thursday 2pm-4pm Auditorium Annex B #211
May 11, Friday 2pm-4pm Auditorium Annex B #211
May 14, Monday 10am-12pm: 5pm-6pm Auditorium Annex B #211
May 15, Tuesday 10am-12pm; 5pm-6pm Auditorium Annex B #211
June 7, Thursday 10am-12pm Auditorium Annex B #211
June 18, Monday 2pm-4pm Auditorium Annex B #215
 June 19, Tuesday  2pm-4pm  Auditorium Annex B #215
June 25, Monday 2pm-4pm Auditorium Annex B #215
June 26, Tuesday 2pm-4pm Auditorium Annex B #215
July 3, Tuesday 2pm-4pm Auditorium Annex B #215
July 4, Wednesday 2pm-4pm Auditorium Annex B #215
July 19, Friday 2pm-4pm Auditorium Annex B #215
July 31, Tuesday 2pm-4pm Auditorium Annex B #215
August 10, Friday 2pm-4pm Auditorium Annex B #215
August 23, Thursday 1pm-4pm Auditorium Annex B #215
August 31, Friday  1pm-4pm Auditorium Annex B #215



If none of the time above works for you or there are no more available time slots, please email with your available time slots and we will try to accommodate that.


To be exempted for Chinese Language Proficiency, students must take the HSK exam. For the new HSK test, you must attain a Level 3. For the information about HSK test schedule, please visit this website

Students who must attend an advising/placement exam session:

a) students who have a parent (or both parents) who speaks Japanese (including those who have studied or are currently studying Japanese at high school, heritage language school,etc., regardless of the level of their prior studies);

b) students who have studied Japanese elsewhere but do not have transfer credits; and

c) students who have spent considerable time (one year or more) in Japan.

If you do not fall into the above categories you will probably not require a placement exam and should follow the Registration Guide for Japanese Courses to find out which course to take.

For inquiries, please contact Ms. Ihhwa Kim at

ANNOUNCEMENT: A new online Japanese Language Placement Exam is now available for those
who need to take the Placement Exam. You can self-enroll in the exam and should take the exam *before* attending an advising/placement interview session.

Self-enroll in the placement test: 

Besides writing the online exam, you * must* attend an advising/placement interview session. Based on the results of both the online exam and the interview, you will be given a recommendation regarding course(s) that are most appropriate for your level. Students will be seen on a drop-in basis. No appointment is necessary.


Date Time Location
Sep 7 4-6pm BUCH B-205
Sep 10 4-6pm LASR 102
Jan 4 4-6pm TBA
Jan 7 4-6pm TBA



Date Time Location
Sep 10  4-6pm  LASR 102
Jan 7 4-6pm TBA



1) To ensure that you register yourself in a course appropriate for your level, you should make every effort to attend an advising session/placement exam before your registration date.

2) Although a recommendation will be given by an advisor on the advising/placement exam days listed above, a student may be placed at another level at the discretion of the course instructor after classes have begun. In such a case, a space will be guaranteed in the appropriate course.

3) If you are unable to attend any advising session or take a placement exam during summer, you should try to register into a course which you think is most appropriate for your level. However, in such a case, if you are referred to another course at the discretion of the instructor at the beginning of term, a space will not be guaranteed.

4) A set of textbooks for the Japanese 100 and 200 level courses are reserved at the Asian Library for your reference. You may also consult Course Descriptions for information on textbooks.

For any questions regarding a student’s level in Hindi-Urdu and for proper placement, please email the Department:

If you are looking to use Hindi Urdu to fill your Arts Language requirement please contact:

Korean course registration policy has changed as of April 1, 2018.

Starting from 2018W course registration, all students who wish to take KORN courses must fill out the online placement questionnaire on You must fill this out even if you already submitted a hard copy at an in-person interview. You must fill it out every term you are applying for the Korean course. If you already took a pre-requisite course at UBC (e.g. KORN 102 in order to take KORN 200), you do not need to fill this out again.

Once you fill out the questionnaire, you will see the next-step instruction. (1) If you receive a certificate for a specific course, you don’t need to attend the interview. You can register for the course anytime you want, as long as the course has an available spot. (2) If you are asked to attend a placement interview in person, you must attend the interview BEFORE the first day of class.

All the students who have not either (1) received a certificate or (2) completed the interview BEFORE the first day of class will be removed from the course, and the spot will be given to a waitlisted student.

All KORN courses except for KORN 410A and 410B will remain open. If you wish to take KORN 410A/410B, please fill out the online questionnaire first, and attend an in-person interview.


Interviews will take place at Room 214, Auditorium Annex B, 1924 West Mall. No appointment is necessary.

Monday April 16, 3-4pm
Monday April 23, 3-4pm
Monday May 7, 3-4pm
Wednesday May 16, 3-4pm
Wednesday May 23, 3-4pm
Wednesday May 30, 3-4pm
Wednesday June 6, 3-4pm
Wednesday June 13, 3-4pm
Wednesday June 27, 3-4pm
Tuesday September 4, 9:30-11:30am, 3:30-4:30pm
Wednesday September 5, 10-11:30am, 12:30-2pm

The schedule is subject to change in case of emergency of the interviewer, so please check the schedule the day before the scheduled date to confirm.

Frequently asked questions:

(1) I already had an interview. Do I still need to attend an interview?

Please complete the online questionnaire first. If you receive a certificate, you don’t need to go to an interview. If you are directed to have an interview at the completion of the questionnaire, please email to Eurie Shin (< with your name, student number and when you had an interview.

(2) I’m currently out of town. I completed the online questionnaire, and was told to go to an interview. But I cannot go to an interview before my registration date starts. What should I do?

You can register for the course first, and can attend the interview before the first day of class. However, please note that if you are not approved to take the course you want, you will lose your spot in the course even if you are registered, and you will not be guaranteed to have a spot in another course that suits your proficiency level better. Therefore it is strongly recommended that students attend a placement interview before their registration date.

Students are not required to take placement interviews for Persian.

Students wishing to enter courses in Punjabi language will be interviewed by the instructor on the first day of class.

Please see appropriate pages under the Courses & Languages listing for more information on any of these subjects.