Assessment Testing

Assessment Testing Information

We recognize that new students arrive to us from many different backgrounds and types of schools.  To help support the student's academic transition to Saratoga High School, our World Languages department offers optional student readiness assessment testing before the school year begins to new students.

The output of the assessment is a recommendation for the appropriate course, and can be useful for students and families making course selections for the first time at Saratoga High School.

Assessments are for students new to the school in the 2022-23 school year.

World Languages

Students must sign up in advance.

SHS Chinese Program Introduction & Placement Test Information


Date: Sunday, February 6, 2022, 1-4 pm

If a student is planning to take a Chinese class at SHS in the upcoming school year, please read SHS Chinese placement information and complete the Placement Survey. ( Students new to Chinese can just sign up for Chinese 1 and do not need to take the test.

tudents may create a composition in writing or typing and submit it with the Placement Survey if they are planning to take Chinese 2 or above. The purpose of the Placement Survey and test is to help SHS determine the students’ level in Chinese to help the student succeed in furthering his/her knowledge of the Chinese language and culture. Please visit the Chinese portfolio ( for more information.

During the placement test, students will be tested in the following categories: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and typing. They will listen to passages and summarize those passages or write reflections on the passages in Chinese. They will write and type compositions on the topics related to Chinese culture, current events, or news. The test will include materials from the textbooks, supplementary materials, current events, and news. Please see the SHS Chinese Materials Samples ( as a reference for different levels. Students are expected to be able to understand the texts by listening and reading as well as present their summary or reflection of the text in speech, writing, and typing. Please click and print the writing sheet with 6 pages of 200 words per sheet and prepare pens for the writing session of the placement test. (

Please contact both teachers below if you have any questions or need to schedule an alternate date for the test.


Mariam Fan AND Chenhui Wu

The French assessment is offered as an individual online interview.

Please contact the teacher Ms. Elaine Haggerty at to arrange a date and time.


The Japanese assessment is offered as an individual online interview.

Please contact the teacher Ms. Yukiko Hara  at or Kumi Kobayashi to arrange a date and time.


Students coming from Redwood Middle School who have taken Spanish 1A and Spanish 1B will not be assessed.  They should sign up for Spanish 2. 

The Spanish assessment is designed to help new out-of-district families or heritage Spanish speakers make an informed decision about their student's Spanish course for the next school year.  

Students must sign up in advance.  

Spanish Assessment Test

Location: Saratoga High School, Room 601
Date: Friday August 12, 2022, 11am

Please plan to arrive a few minutes early.  Exam duration is about 2 hours.  Please contact the Spanish instructor, Ms. Sarah Voorhees, if you have questions.

Ms. Sarah Voorhees
Saratoga High School