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Admission and Placement Test: Except for those wishing to take first semester elementary level classes, all entering students are required to take the Chinese Placement Test (CPT).  Continuing students must receive a grade of  C+ or better for the current course to be admitted to the second semester of the same course,  and B- or better to be able to move on to the next level. If a continuing student does not meet the requirement, he/she should also pass the CPT to be able to continue. The CPT is scheduled only once for each semester, usually on the Friday of the registration week before classes begin. Click here to see frequently asked questions about the CPT.

Attendence: attendance is imperative for successful completion of the Chinese courses and attendance is strictly enforced in the Chinese Program. We strongly advise students not to miss three classes in a semester. Upon any absence thereafter, unless legitimate documentation is presented, a half grade point will be deducted from the student's final grade,  e.g. from A- to B+, from B+ to B, and so on.  (Please note that a pre-purchased airplane ticket is not considered a legitimate document except for emergencies.)  

Homework Assignments: Homework must be turned in on the due date according to your course syllabus or your instructor's schedule.  Late work will not be accepted.

Tests: All scheduled tests are mandatory.  Under no circumstances can a test be rescheduled for a student unless legitimate documentation is presented. (See the note under Attendance) 

The Pass/Fail Option: The Chinese Language Program does not grant a P/F grade. Students should contact the registrar to arrange a conversion from a given letter grade to a P/F. The P/F grade, however, cannot satisfy the language requirement for the East Asian major, nor does it qualify a student for advancement to higher level Chinese courses.

Auditing: No auditing is allowed in the Chinese Language Program.

Code of Honor: Students are expected to observe the highest standard of honor in their course work. Specifically they should not take the place of another in an exam, nor should they give or receive help from another during the exam.

Grading Scale: Please see your course syllabus for requirements and grading system. The following scale indicates the conversion equivalency.  The highest grade that a student will receive from a Chinese course at Columbia is A.  

   Scores   ------     Final Grade

  • 94-100 .............. A
  • 90-93................. A-
  • 87-89..................B+
  • 83-86..................B
  • 80-82..................B-
  • 77-79..................C+
  • 73-76..................C
  • 70-72..................C-
  • 60-69..................D
  • 59 and below......F

 


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