Who need a placement test?

Non-native Chinese Speaking students who;

  1. are not  beginner of Chinese language or

  2. intend to enroll a course other than level 1 are highly encouraged to take the placement test prior to arrival and registration in Hong Kong.


Your cooperation will facilitate class planning and place students to an appropriate level in advance as much as possible.

What is covered in the placement test?

Cantonese Courses: only oral placement is needed. You are required to answer a few questions. 

Chinese reading course taught in Cantonese: both Chinese written and Cantonese placement tests are necessary.

Putonghua courses: both written and oral placements are needed. The written placement includes tasks like translation, reading comprehension and vocabulary recognition. In the oral placement, you are required to answer a few questions. 

More instructions will be given when you proceed.


  1. Please submit your course application form first. Placement will not be given to one which has not completed the application procedure.

  2. Choose the written placement version and format according to your choice and click the link for downloading. (Applicable to Putonghua students and Chinese reading courses only).

  3. Click the appropriate link for placement.

  4. If you do not have the device for computer oral placement, you can use similar devices like MP3 and smart-phone recorder to record your speech performance. Other procedures remain the same. If there is not any voice recording device, please at least send in the written placement for Putonghua learners.


Putonghua/ Mandarin or Cantonese


Written Test

for Putonghua learners

Simplified Chinese Version

Traditional Chinese Version

Placement for Chinese Reading (Taught in Cantonese and traditional Chinese)


All Chinese reading course applicants should complete a placement test upon or soon after submission of the application form.

Placement test for “Chinese Reading I”

All Chinese Reading courses are taught in Cantonese. Applicants are expected to have attained a Cantonese level equivalent to 200 study hours or above before taking the course. The test covers Cantonese listening and speaking to ensure applicants for Chinese Reading I have sufficient Cantonese proficiency for lessons. You are required to answer a few questions in Cantonese. There is no test on reading comprehension. Click here for more instruction.

Placement test for “Chinese Reading II” and “Chinese Reading III”

The test is divided into 2 sections namely Vocabulary and Sentences. It tests (1) to what extent applicants can read Chinese text in Cantonese and (2) to what extent applicants comprehend Chinese text. Applicants record their answers through speaking and send sound file(s) back to the Centre for assessment. Learners need to get a pass in both sections to succeed.       



  1. Please submit your course application form first. Placement will not be given to one who has not completed the application procedure.

  2. Click the appropriate link for placement materials.

  3. Submit the saved sound file(s) to clcplacement@cuhk.edu.hk. Please indicate your name and programme applied on the subject line. Staff will inform you of the placement result once it is ready.

  4. Apart from desktop computer, applicants can use MP3 or smart-phone voice recorder for the test.