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Placement Exams

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures schedules placement tests each year.

Chinese Placement Exam

All students who have had any previous exposure to Chinese are required to take a placement exam. The exam is a diagnostic exam designed to place students in language classes that are neither too easy nor too hard. The Chinese language placement exam has two parts, both of which are required for accurate placement: The online exam can be taken at any time; it assesses reading comprehension and grammar. The in-person exam, which will take place shortly before the start of the fall semester, assesses speaking and writing.

We understand that students need to create their schedules in the early summer months. To help assess what level class is most appropriate for you, please take the online placement exam and review this information about our curriculum. When you arrive on campus in the fall, you will take the in-person exam to confirm your language level placement.

Japanese Placement Exam

Follow this link for the Japanese Placement Exam Guidelines. This year’s exam will take place over Zoom on Friday, August 23, 2024, from 10am-12pm CDT. To sign-up, please fill out this Google Form by August 15th. Those who have signed up will hear back from the department on August 16th with logistical specifics about the exam. All students who have had any previous exposure to Japanese are encouraged to take a placement exam.”