EXPRESS PROGRAM LEVEL CHECK

(For Lite Program, click here)

Not sure what level you should enrol in? Use the level check description below as a guideline.

Beginner 1

  • You have never studied Chinese before.

Beginner 2

  • You have completed chapters 1-5 of New Practical Chinese Reader Book 1; or
  • You have studied Chinese for 40 hours (classroom-based) or 20 hours (1-on-1 lessons). You know how to write basic Chinese characters up to 50 words. You know about radicals, stroke order, pinyin, and the tones. You know how to greet others and how to introduce yourself.

Lower Intermediate 1

  • You have completed New Practical Chinese Reader Book 1; or
  • You have studied Chinese for 80 hours (classroom-based) or 40 hours (1-on-1 lessons). You have mastered at least 100 Chinese characters. You can make simple conversation about family and shopping. You can comfortably read a simple paragraph written in Chinese without pinyin. Test your reading skills for this level here.

Lower Intermediate 2

  • You have completed chapters 1-5 of New Practical Chinese Reader Book 2; or
  • You have studied Chinese for 120 hours (classroom-based) or 60 hours (1-on-1 lessons). You have mastered about 150 Chinese characters.  You can talk about hobbies and daily activities, ask questions, and describe something.

Higher Intermediate

  • You have completed New Practical Chinese Reader Book 2; or
  • You have studied Chinese for 160 hours (classroom-based) or 80 hours (1-on-1 lessons). You know how to make suggestions, discuss plans, express your opinions, and give directions. Test your reading skills for this level here.
    Note: You do not need to do Higher Intermediate 1 prior to Higher Intermediate 2. Both levels can be done one before the other. Each level discusses different grammatical points and conversational topics that do not build from earlier lessons.

Advanced

  • You have completed New Practical Chinese Reader Book 3; or
  • You have studied Chinese for 200 hours (classroom-based) or 120 hours (1-on-1 lessons).
  • You are ready to build on your reading skills to read more topic specific articles (education, history, science, etc).
    Note: You do not need to do Advanced 1 prior to Advanced 2. Both levels can be done one before the other. Each level discusses different grammatical points and conversational topics that do not build from earlier lessons.