Students possessing basic knowledge of Mandarin Chinese, the ability to compose and communicate in Mandarin (Local students must be able to read classic literature, draft an official document, express their opinions and be equipped with basic communication abilities as a modern citizen. Foreign students are to demonstrate basic communication ability in Mandarin. Standards for students of Applied Chinese Department are set above the basic requirement; those assessment standards are established separately.), and meeting one of the following standards are deemed as meeting the basic capacities.
- Undergraduate students are required to pass Chinese Literature: Appreciation and Creative Writing II with a score of above 60.
- Foreign students, Overseas Chinese students and non-Chinese speaking students from Hong Kong and Macao are required to pass the Test of Basic Mandarin II with a score of above 60.
- Standards for students of Applied Chinese Department are higher than the basic requirement; the assessment standards for those are established separately.