The exam is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes long and has two sections — multiple choice and free-response. Each section has two parts.

The exam will be administered at a computer. On exam day, you will read text on the screen, listen through a headset, type using the keyboard, and speak into a microphone.

Section I: Multiple Choice | ~70 questions | ~1 hour and 20 minutes | 50% of Final Exam Score

  • Part A — Listening: 30 to 35 questions | 20 minutes (25% of exam score)
    • Identify the appropriate continuation of a conversation (10 to 15 questions; 10 minutes)
    • Answer questions about different types of listening stimuli (15 to 20 questions; 10 minutes)
  • Part B — Reading: 35 to 40 questions | 60 minutes  (25% of exam score)
    • Answer questions about different types of reading texts.

Section II: Free-response | 4 tasks | 41 minutes | 50% of final Exam Score

  • Part A — Writing: 30 minutes
    • Narrate a story suggested by a series of pictures (15 minutes)
    • Read and answer an email message (15 minutes)
  • Part B — Speaking: 11 minutes
    • Respond to a series of thematically linked questions as part of a simulated conversation (4 minutes)
    • Deliver a presentation on a given aspect of Chinese culture (7 minutes)

You will have some choices for reading and writing in Chinese. The display and input options will have no effect on your exam score:

  • Display — you can view all Chinese text displayed on the screen in either traditional characters or simplified characters and can toggle between the two versions if necessary.
  • Input — you can type Chinese text using the Microsoft Pinyin IME (MSPY), which is based on Hanyu Pinyin, and the Microsoft New Phonetic IME, which is based on Zhuyin Fuhao (Bopomofo).

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