Language Placement Tests

Chinese Chinese placement questionnaire and test

The Chinese Studies Program conducts online diagnostic placement tests to ensure that new students who have studied Chinese before enrol at the level most appropriate for their current language proficiency. Students with no previous Chinese language background are not required to take a placement test and may enrol without approval at Introductory level.

  • If you are an absolute beginner you may enrol without approval in Chinese Introductory 1 ATS1001.
  • If you have completed IB or VCE L2 (Basic stream) Chinese Units 3/4 you may provisionally enrol in Chinese Intermediate 1 ATS2003. You are required to take the placement test to confirm your entry level.
  • If you have completed IB or VCE L2 (Advanced stream) or VCE L1 Chinese Units 3/4, or if you have studied Chinese overseas, you may provisionally enrol in Chinese Proficient 1 ATS2005. You are required to sit the placement test to confirm your entry level

For further information you may contact any of the following Chinese Studies staff:

or telephone the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics general office on 9905 2223

French Studies See French Studies website for information on placement tests which can be taken at any time:
French placement test
German German Studies, undergraduates
The diagnostic test for first year German students will be administered as a self-assessment tool. Students are required to access the Goethe Institute website at

The test comprises 30 questions. Students are required to follow the prompts and record their score out of a total of 30. Students with a score of 25 or above are encouraged to enrol in level 7 (ATS1097), 20-24 level 5 (ATS1095) and less than 20 in level 3 (ATS1093). Maximum time allowed is 20 minutes. Supporting materials – dictionaries, grammar guides, word lists etc. – are not permitted.

Please note that it is in the student’s interest to follow the test guidelines. A distorted score as a result of external assistance will result in incorrect placement.

For further questions students may contact any of the German Studies staff –

Spanish and Latin American Studies For more information, and to take an online placement test, see:
Spanish placement test

Go to the following website to find out which Indonesian level you should enrol in: 
Which level of Indonesian should I enrol in?

Italian Italian placement test

Students who have studied Italian previously are required to take an online placement test.

  • Beginners enter at level 1 ATS1221
  • Intermediate students (post beginners or students with an intermediate knowledge of Italian without VCE) enter at ATS2223
  • The entry point for students who did VCE Italian is level 5 ATS2225
Japanese Go to the following website to find out which Japanese level you will enrol in:
What level of Japanese should I enrol in?
Korean Korean placement test

Students who have studied little or no Korean would normally enrol in ATS1171 Korean 1 and ATS1172 Korean 2. If you are a beginner in studying Korean, you do not need to take a placement test. However, you must take the test if you have studied Korean before.

Ukrainian Ukrainian undergraduate, Monash Handbook

Students with little or no knowledge of Ukrainian enrol in ATS1211 and ATS1212.

Students who have studied Ukrainian to Victorian Certificate of Education level, or can demonstrate an equivalent level of competence, enrol in ATS1215 and ATS1216.