Japanese Language Testing at Indiana University
Frequently Asked Questions
When can I take the Japanese Placement/Proficiency test?
- For incoming freshman and transfer students, the Japanese Placement and Proficiency Test is given during orientation during the summers. For other students, including incoming graduate students, the test is given in the week before the beginning of classes for Fall and Spring Semesters. (August and January) Check with East Asian Languages and Cultures a month or two before the beginning of the semester for the exact dates.
How do I register for the test?
- If you are an incoming freshman or transfer student, the test will be offered as part of your summer orientation.
- No registration is necessary for the August and January test dates. All you need to do is show up at the test. Be sure to bring a photo ID and a pencil.
I need to register for classes before the test takes place. What should I do?
- If you need to set your schedule for an upcoming semester and cannot wait for the results of your placement test, you can register for the class which you think will be the most appropriate. After you have the results of your test, you may need to change your enrollment. One way to get an idea of your level is to look at the textbooks for the class you think will be appropriate and see if they are at your language level.
What is the format of the test?
- The test is a written test, with multiple choice questions and an essay. In some cases, a speaking portion of the test might also be necessary
How long will the test take?
- You will be given one hour to complete the written test. If an interview is also needed, then that will be completed after the written test.
I have another commitment during the scheduled test time. Can I still take the test?
- If you there is no way that you can attend the test at the scheduled time, and you can wait until the next semester, please plan to take the test during the next scheduled testing time. If there is an unusual circumstance and you must take the test sooner, you should contact Professor Keiko Kuriyama in East Asian Languages and Cultures to discuss an alternate test time.
What should I bring to the test?
- You should bring a photo ID and a pencil. Dictionaries, textbooks, notes, etc, can NOT be used during your test.
Do I have to register for the class that I test into?
- Yes. In order for the Japanese department to provide the best language learning experience for all students enrolled in Japanese, it is important for you to enroll in the class in which you are placed. If, after beginning the class, you feel that you are enrolled in an inappropriate level for your experience, your instructor will work with you to make sure that you can change to the right level.
Will taking the test earn me course credit?
- You should check with your academic advisor to make sure that taking test will fulfill your expected language requirements. In many cases, passing either the Placement/ Proficiency test at a level of the second semester of the second year or higher will mean that you have tested out of a language requirement. In some cases, you can apply for special credit to get course credits for the classes that you tested out of. (See below.)
How can I get Special Credit in Japanese?
- If you are a US citizen or graduated from a US high school and you tested out of some semesters of Japanese, you may be eligible for special credit in Japanese based on your test results. Special Credit in Japanese is only available to students who are US citizens or who graduated from high school in the United States. Please see the EALC policy on Special Credit for full details.
Who can I contact for more information?