Placement Exams

ACTCM administers placement exams to entering students who have received credits from an accredited institution or the foreign equivalent when ACTCM wishes to confirm that a student has attained the level of knowledge or skills that ACTCM requires. There is no charge for a placement exam.

ACTCM has separate placement examinations for “Medical Chinese I and II”, “Western Medical Terminology”, and “Pathology”. However, if a transfer student has completed a series of classes at another institution (Meridians and Points I-IV, for example), ACTCM will use that written portion of the comprehensive examination as a placement exam. Practical portions of the comprehensive exams are not used for placement, and must be completed after the first or second level of study has been achieved.

Please keep in mind:
● if a student does not pass a placement exam for a series class, the Department Chair, Academic Dean and Academic Advisor will meet to determine which classes will be Required Review.
● Diagnosis is a class that varies greatly from one institution to another. Therefore, transfer students are often required to review these classes, regardless of the placement exam results. However, if a student passes the placement exam for Diagnosis, they are not necessarily required review a diagnosis class. The transfer evaluation committee will evaluate each student on an individual basis.

First Year Students – Once a first year student has completed a portion of the comprehensive examination as a placement exam; he/she does not need to retake that portion of the exam when completing the comps.

Second Year Students – Second year students who have completed a portion of the second year comprehensive examination as a placement exam are not exempt from completing that same portion again at the time of the comps. These students must complete all portions of the second year comprehensive exam at the same time. This is to show complete proficiency in all areas before advancing to the next level. The placement exam demonstrates proficiency in a subject upon the student’s arrival, and the comprehensive exams allow the student to advance to the next level of the program.

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