Vietnamese Language Placement and Exemption Exam

UCI students who speak and read Vietnamese can take a placement exam or an exemption exam to satisfy Category VI and VIII General Education requirements.

Introduction

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 Persian and are not interested in taking additional coursework. 

This test is the same test as the Vietnamese Placement Test. If you want to enroll in a Persian course at UCI, please note the following:

  • If you are interested in enrolling in Vietnamese 1A:

No placement test is required. You may enroll directly through WebReg if space permits. Please visit the Schedule of Classes to view course offerings and seat availability.

  • If you are interested in enrolling in a level above 1A:

You must take the Vietnamese Placement Test to receive course placement and enrollment authorization.

The highest proficiency level attainable at UCI by taking the Vietnamese Placement/Exemption Test is 2C.

This test may be taken only once. No University credit is given for taking the Vietnamese Placement/Exemption Test. There is no fee to take the test if you are a UCI student. There is no fee to take the test if you are a UCI student. 

REGISTRATION

Contact the Academic Testing Center for scheduling and registration for the test. You must present two government issued IDs at the time of registration. 

NOTIFICATION OF RESULTS

Results will not be available by telephone; rather, the student will be notified via email to come by the Academic Testing Center when results are available to collect in our office. Results will be available during Finals Week on the Academic Testing Center website. Notifications will be sent to each student’s academic unit. However, the results will not appear on the student’s transcript. If you need further information on language testing, please email the Academic Testing Center at testcenter@uci.edu, or call our office at (949) 824-6207, or contact your academic counseling office.

If you need further information on language testing, please e-mail the Academic Testing Center at testcenter@uci.edu or call our office at (949) 824-6207 or contact your academic counseling office.

Vietnamese Placement Test

1. How can I enroll in a Vietnamese test?

If you are interested in enrolling in Vietnamese 1A:

No placement test is required. You may enroll directly through WebReg if space permits. Please visit the Schedule of Classes to view course offerings and seat availability.

If you are interested in enrolling in a level above 1A:

You must take the Vietnamese Placement Test to receive course placement and enrollment authorization. See below for more information on the test.

2. Who needs to take courses in Vietnamese?

Language learning is an integral part of a university education and learning another language is a worthwhile endeavor for any student, whether that language is one�s heritage language or a completely new language. The acquisition of a second or even third language increases one�s global literacy and helps to foster a greater appreciation of diversity. In our rapidly changing and increasingly interconnected world, students with language skills in more than one language will be able to engage their world in more meaningful and productive ways.

Completion of Vietnamese course work through the 1C level may be used to satisfy UCI�s Language Other Than English (Category VI) general education requirement. Students majoring in International Studies or students with a major in the School of Humanities must satisfy Language Other Than English requirements through the 2C level. Please consult your academic advisor if you have questions about these requirements.

3. What is the purpose of the Vietnamese Placement Test?

The Vietnamese Placement Test is designed to assess your proficiency in Vietnamese. It assesses your readiness for Vietnamese courses at UCI. You will be placed into one of the following courses:

    • Vietnamese 1A, 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B, or 2C.

For more information about the Vietnamese program at UCI, please visit the Program in Global Languages & Communication website here.

4. What is the format of the Vietnamese Placement Test?

The test is 70 minutes long and includes two parts (a total of 35 questions):

  • Part 1: Self-assessment questionnaire (10 minutes recommended). Part 1 is a short questionnaire that asks you about your background in the language(s) you speak or have learned.
  • Part 2: Multiple choice questions (60 minutes recommended). Part 2 contains 30 multiple-choice questions designed to assess your proficiency in Vietnamese.

5. How long are the results valid?

The results are valid for your entire academic career at UCI. You may take the Vietnamese Placement Test only one time. Please be advised that if you take the test more often than allowed, your new results will not be reported.

Note: No University credit is given for taking the Vietnamese Placement Test. There is no fee to take the test if you are a UCI student.

6. Is test registration required?

Yes. Test registration is always required. You may register by phone or email. During the Academic Year, appointments can be scheduled during Welcome Week, the first week of classes and weeks 9 and 10. During the summer, tests are available starting the first week of Summer Session I until week 9 of Summer Session II.