Chinese Proficiency

Chinese Language Testing

All applicants to Hopkins-Nanjing Center programs are required to take the Avant Assessment STAMP Chinese proficiency test. 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.


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.

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!

Testing Procedures

First, applicants should find a proctor (a professor or supervisor at work) who will agree to administer the test and then complete the STAMP test request form. Test materials will be emailed directly to the proctor, so be sure to include the proctor's current email address. Please email or mail the form along with your $25 testing fee to:

Hopkins-Nanjing Center Washington Office
Johns Hopkins-SAIS, Rome Building, Room 509
1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

After you have completed the test, the HNC Office of International Admissions will notify you of your score within two business days.

The test cannot be taken more than twice in one year. All tests should be completed by February 1.

Recommended Chinese Language Scores
1200 or above
1300 or above