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Placement

The University's language programs require a grade of C- or better (or S) to continue on to the next level. Otherwise, students are required to pass a placement test. Those who wish to take a course higher than 1011 (the first of a two-semester sequence of Beginning Japanese) are required to take a placement test if:

  • They have not taken a Japanese language course at the University of Minnesota
  • Their grade for the preceding course is not a C- or better, nor an S
  • There is more than a 1.5-year blank period after their completion date of the preceding course
Please note:
  • You must enroll in a Japanese language course, put your name on the waitlist, or get consent from the course instructor, prior to registration for the placement test.
  • You may not take a placement test for the same course twice within a calendar year.

Date, Time, and Place of Test

Fall 2016
Wednesday, August 31
9:00 a.m.
Folwell Hall 116

For those who cannot take the test on the scheduled day, please contact the course instructor via email. We strongly encourage everyone to take it before the semester or session begins.

Online Registration Form

Complete the registration form to enroll in the upcoming placement test.

Please enroll in the course you wish to be placed in before registering for the placement test. We will not contact you directly after you register for the placement test unless there is a major change. Please check our website periodically for the most up-to-date information.

We will notify you of the results of the placement test via email on the day you take the test. If necessary, please change your enrollment status upon receiving the results. Passing the placement test does not guarantee you a seat in the class. However, please note that you must attend that class on the first day, so that you will not miss anything if/when you are officially admitted to the course. Please refer to the first day of class attendance policy.

Should you have any questions, please contact the instructor of the course in which you would like to be placed.

Test Preparation

The placement test consists of two parts: a written exam (for all levels) and an oral exam (for 3022 or higher). The time limit for the written exam is 60 minutes (1012-3031) or 90 minutes (3032-4042).  The written test may consist of questions such as conjugations, particles, translations, reading comprehension and kanji.

The oral exam (small talk and role-playing) usually takes 10 minutes.  Review vocabulary, kanji and grammatical structures introduced in the textbooks. You will be tested on whether you can use them in written and oral exams.

To determine which level would be best for you and to prepare for the test, refer to the chart below, which indicates what content you need to know to get into the course. Take a look at the textbooks at the University Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union. If you still don't know your level, contact the course instructor.

Level Textbook(s)
1012 (the second semester of beginning Japanese): Written test only Genki, Vol.1 (2nd edition, Japan Times) up to and including Lesson 6
3021 (the first semester of intermediate Japanese): Written test only Genki, Vol.1 (2nd edition, Japan Times) up to and including Lesson 12
3022 (the second semester of intermediate Japanese):  Genki, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (2nd edition, Japan Times) up to and including Lesson 17
3031 (the first semester of third-year Japanese): Genki, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (2nd edition, Japan Times)
3032 (the second semester of third-year Japanese): Genki, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (2nd edition, Japan Times)
Intermediate Japanese (Revised Edition, Japan Times) up to and including Lesson 6
4041 (the first semester of advanced Japanese): Genki, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (2nd edition, Japan Times)
Intermediate Japanese (Revised Edition, Japan Times) up to and including Lesson 12
4042 (the second semester of advanced Japanese): Genki, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (2nd edition, Japan Times)
Intermediate Japanese (Revised Edition, Japan Times) up to and including Lesson 12
Images of Japan (Textbook) (2nd edition, University of Tokyo Press) Theme 1 & 2
Images of Japan (Workbook) (2nd edition, University of Tokyo Press) Theme 1 & 2