Japanese Placement Test
Updated November 2020
Who should take the placement test?
- Students who have studied Japanese before and/or used Japanese at home and wish to place into L2 ( JAPN 120, the second semester in the spring semester) or a higher level Japanese course.
- Students who have returned from Japanese programs abroad (for a summer, semester or year) and wish to skip a course by placing into a level higher than the one they would have proceeded to take after their last course taken at Yale.
- Students who wish to resume Japanese study in class after being absent for one semester or more.
- Students who have no prior knowledge of Japanese and wish to take L1 (JAPN 110, the first semester in the fall semester) need not to take the test. Such students should simply enroll in JAPN 110.
The Japanese test includes two components:
- Online component (Canvas)
- Oral Interview (Zoom)
About the Online Test
This placement test is for students of all proficiency levels, from the elementary to the most advanced, and may contain items beyond your level. You may leave unanswered any questions you don’t understand, but try to answer as many questions as you can. Each section has the allotted time limit described below.
Part 1-1: Kanji Recognition (15 minutes)
- Choose the most appropriate choice of how to read Kanji among four choices.
Part 1-2: Kanji Meaning (15 minutes)
- Choose the most appropriate choice of the meaning of Kanji among four choices.
Part 2: Grammar (40 minutes)
- Choose the most appropriate choice to fill out the missing word or phrase among four choices.
Part 3: Reading Comprehension (60 minutes)
- Read the text and choose the most appropriate answer for each question among four choices.
Part 4: Writing (30 minutes)
- Choose one topic and type your essay. Topic 1 is for elementary level and topic 2 is for intermediate level and above.