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Assessing Your Language Level

To select the most appropriate course for your current level of language ability, we encourage you to self-assess using the sample assessments/placement tests and by reviewing the text used in each language level.

Placement Tests

Click on the course below that you intend to study. The placement test assesses language skills required prior to study at a particular level. If you feel the placement test for a particular course was too easy or difficult, look at the next level up or down (whichever applies) to determine your appropriate level of study.

To obtain an accurate indication of the right level of study, please be realistic when assessing your language skills. Take note, and consider, the special instructions in the tests (such as time limits for tasks).

Please note that the assessment component in our language courses is optional - students can opt not to participate in any or all assessments. While all of our language courses focus on the 4 macro skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking), only the reading and writing components are tested in the placement tests provided here.

Placement Tests
Arabic Chinese (Mandarin) French German Italian Japanese Russian Spanish
Second Year Second Year Second Year Second Year Second Year Second Year Second Year Second Year
  Third Year Third Year Third Year Third Year Third Year   Third Year
  Fourth Year Fourth Year Fourth Year Fourth Year Fourth Year   Fourth Year

Review of Text

Completing the assessment/test is just one indicator of your current level of language ability. Together with the assessment/test, we also recommend students refer to the course text and look through the content that is usually covered in the intended course. Textbook details are provided below.

Summer Language Program Textbooks
Language Textbook Textbook Coverage ISBN
Chinese (Mandarin)
First Year

Contemporary Chinese for Beginners Text & Exercise book & Character book & MP3 CDs

7 phonetic lessons & Chapter 1 - 6

9787802006904 (Text)
9787802006911 (Exercise book)
9787802006928  (Character book)
9787887171030 (MP3 CDs) – recommended, not compulsory

French
First Year

Version Originale 1 Text & Workbook

Chapter 1 - 4

9788484436935 (Text)
9788484436942 (Workbook)

German
First Year

Themen Aktuell 1 Kursbuch & Arbeitsbuch

Chapter 1 - 5

9783191816902

Italian
First Year

Prego! An Invitation to Italian, 8th Edition Textbook/workbook

Chapter 1 - 3

9781743070161

Japanese
First Year

Genki 1

Chapter 1 - 6

9784789014403

Spanish
First Year

Dos Mundos 7th Edition Text & Workbook

Paso A, B, C and Chapter 1 - 3

9781743071762 (pack)

 

Full Year Language Program Textbooks
Language Textbook Textbook Coverage ISBN
Arabic
First Year

Mastering Arabic

Chapter 1 - 6 9781137380456 (Text and CD Pack)
Second Year

Mastering Arabic

Chapter 6 - 11 9781137380456 (Text and CD Pack)
Chinese (Mandarin)
First Year

Contemporary Chinese for Beginners Text & Exercise book & Character book & MP3 CDs

7 phonetic lessons & Chapter 1- 6

9787802006904 (Text)
9787802006911 (Exercise book)
9787802006928 (Character book)
9787887171030 (MP3 CDs) (recommended but optional)

Second Year

Contemporary Chinese for Beginners Text & Exercise book & Character book & MP3 CDs

Chapter 7 - 13

9787802006904 (Text)
9787802006911 (Exercise book)
9787802006928 (Character book)
9787887171030 (MP3 CDs) (recommended but optional)

Third Year

Contemporary Chinese for Beginners Text & Exercise book & Character book & MP3 CDs

Chapter 14 - 20

9787802006904 (Text) 
9787802006911 (Exercise book) 
9787802006928 (Character book) 
9787887171030 (MP3 CDs) (recommended but optional)

Fourth Year Contemporary Chinese 3 Text & Exercise book & Exercise book Audio CD (x2) Chapter 1 - 6

9787513807357 (Text)
9787513807364 (Exercise book)
9787887850164 (MP3 CDs) – recommended, not compulsory

French
First Year

Version Originale 1 Text and Workbook

Chapter 1 - 4

9788484436935 (Text)
9788484436942 (Workbook)

Second Year

Version Originale 1 Text and Workbook

Chapter 5 - 8

9788484436935 (Text)
9788484436942 (Workbook)

Third Year

Version Originale 2 Text & Workbook

Chapter 1 - 4

9788484435631 (Text)
9788484435648 (Workbook)

Fourth Year

Version Originale 2 Text & Workbook

Chapter 5 - 8

9788484435631 (Text) 
9788484435648 (Workbook)

German
First Year

Themen Aktuell 1 Kursbuch & Arbeitsbuch

Chapter 1 - 5

9783191816902

Second Year

Themen Aktuell 1 Kursbuch & Arbeitsbuch

Chapter 6 - 10

9783191916909

Third Year

Themen Aktuell 2 Kursbuch & Arbeitsbuch

Chapter 1 - 5

9783191816919

Fourth Year

Themen Aktuell 2 Kursbuch & Arbeitsbuch

Chapter 6 - 10

9783191916916

Italian
First Year

Prego! An Invitation to Italian, 8th Edition Textbook/workbook

Chapter 1 - 3

9781743070161

Second Year

Prego! An Invitation to Italian, 8th Edition Textbook/workbook

Chapter 4 - 7

9781743070161

Third Year

Prego! An Invitation to Italian, 8th Edition Textbook/workbook

Chapter 8 -11

9781743070161

Fourth Year

Prego! An Invitation to Italian, 8th Edition Textbook/workbook

Chapter 12 - 15

9781743070161

Japanese
First Year

Genki 1

Chapter 1 - 6

9784789014403

Second Year

Genki 1

Chapter 7 - 12

9784789014403

Third Year

Genki 2

Lesson 13 - 18

9784789014434

Fourth Year

Genki 2

Lesson 19 - 23

9784789014434

Russian
First Year

Russian Course: A Complete Course for Beginners (1996 edition)

Lesson 1 - 6

9780140120417

Second Year

Russian Course: A Complete Course for Beginners (1996 edition)

Lesson 7 - 10

9780140120417

Third Year

Russian Course: A Complete Course for Beginners (1996 edition)

Lesson 11 - 14

9780140120417

Spanish
First Year

Aula Internacional 1

Chapter 1 - 4

9788415846772

Second Year

Aula Internacional 1

Chapter 5 - 8

9788415846772

Third Year

Dos Mundos 7th Edition Text & Workbook

Chapter 8 - 11

9781743071762 (pack)

Fourth Year

Dos Mundos 7th Edition Text & Workbook

Chapter 12 - 15

9781743071762 (pack)

If you require any further assistance in choosing the right level of study, please feel free to contact our office to speak to our course advisers.

We recommend that you take time to assess your current language skills, using the assessment/test and refer to the text before deciding on a course. Once enrolled, all requests for transfer will be subject to the transfer condition in PCE's standard Refund and Cancellation Conditions.

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