Vietnamese Exemption Exam


The Vietnamese Exemption Test is offered to students as an alternative means for satisfying the Language Other Than English (Category VI) and the International/Global Issues (Category VIII) General Education requirements. You should take this test if you have a strong background in Vietnamese and not interested in taking additional course work. This test may be taken only once. No University credit is given. There is no fee to take the test if you are a UCI student. 


The examination used for Vietnamese was developed by a faculty from the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Irvine. The exam covers topics normally learned during the first 4 quarters of Vietnamese at UCI. The Vietnamese Exemption Exam is a multiple-choice test lasting one-hour and consisting of five sections:

Part I: Listening Comprehension
Part II: Spelling
Part III: Vocabulary
Part IV: Grammar
Part V: Reading Comprehension

Examinees must pass all 5 parts of the test in order to satisfy the language requirement, so it is important to work equally on all sections during the test. The highest proficiency level attainable at UCI by taking the Vietnamese exam is 2B.


The Vietnamese Exemption Exam is designed for students who have a strong preparation in Vietnamese (three or four years in secondary school or the equivalent). Since the test closely matches the curriculum, the best preparation can be found in a first-year Vietnamese textbook: CHAO BAN! An Introduction to Vietnamese (Textbook and workbook) - By Tri C. Tran and Minh-Tam Tran, University Press of America, Lanham, 2007. Students should also review the first five lessons in the second-year textbook: Nguyen, B.T., Contemporary Vietnamese: An Intermediate Text, Northern Illinois University Press, DeKalb, IL, 1997. You may purchase either book at the University Bookstore in the coursebook section.


The test will be administered during the academic year only. Registration, required to take the test, will be open during the second week of each quarter. You may register in person with your UCI photo ID card at the Academic Testing Center, 3040 Anteater Instruction and Research Building. At the time you register, you will be given information on the date, time, and location of the test.

Notification of Results

Results will not be available by telephone. A paper copy of test results will be available during Finals Week in the Academic Testing Center. Presentation of a UCI photo ID is a requirement. Notification will be sent to each student's academic unit. However, the results will not appear on the student's transcript.


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