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Chinese Language Proficiency | Hopkins-Nanjing Center

All applicants to Hopkins-Nanjing Center programs are required to take the Avant Assessment STAMP Chinese proficiency test. Applicants have typically completed 3-4 years of college level Chinese and spent time in China. Students who intend to have further Chinese language study between taking the test and enrolling in the program should make this clear on the application, as this information can play a role in admissions decisions.

Description

The STAMP test is used to measure proficiency in understanding Mandarin and reading in Chinese. It is composed of two sections: listening comprehension and reading comprehension. It is an online multiple-choice test that takes about two hours to complete.

Recommended Chinese Language Scores

Program STAMP Test
Certificate 1200 or above
MAIS 1300 or above

Your language background will be taken into consideration in addition to your STAMP score.

Requesting the Test

There are two testing options available, in-person proctoring for $15 and virtual proctoring for $30.
Please email or mail the test request form and be sure to submit the testing fee (Firefox or Chrome web browsers are recommended):

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center
Johns Hopkins-SAIS, Rome Building, Room 509
1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
Email: nanjing@jhu.edu

In-Person Proctoring

Cost: $15
Applicants should find a proctor who will agree to administer the test and then complete the STAMP test request form. Anyone in a professional capacity (not a friend or a family member) can serve as a proctor. Professors, work supervisors, university administrators and librarians are all suitable choices to proctor a STAMP test. Test materials will be emailed directly to the proctor, so be sure to include the proctor's current email address.

Virtual Proctoring

Cost: $30
After submitting the STAMP Test request form, a link will be emailed to applicants to set up an account with a virtual proctoring service provider. Applicants should then notify the HNC Washington Office upon test completion.

After you have completed the test, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Office of International Admissions will notify you of your score within two business days. The test can be taken once every 3 months. All tests should be completed by the application deadlines (November 1 for Early Notification or February 1 for Regular Decision)

NOTE: This test is meant to be challenging.  Do not be discouraged if you find it to be difficult! 
As an adaptive test, questions become more difficult as you answer previous questions correctly.  Even if you do not know the answer to a question, try to answer to the best of your ability.  We have found students are generally pleasantly surprised by their score. We hope that all interested students will take the test to gauge their level rather than assuming their language ability is not high enough. You may know more than you think!