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Language Placement

Japanese Language Placement Test 2020-2021

Who needs to take the Japanese placement test?

  1. Students who want to use Japanese to satisfy Weinberg’s and the School of Communication’s two-­year foreign language requirement.
  2. 2. Students who want to study Japanese at Northwestern and have prior knowledge of Japanese. Students who know some Japanese as well as some Hiragana/Katakana must take the Japanese placement test.
  3. 3. Students who have come back from study abroad, and need to be placed into the appropriate level of Japanese class or need to earn specific Japanese language credits.

The above apply to all students in all schools and programs, including graduate and professional schools. Transfer students are also required to take the Japanese placement exam before registering for Japanese courses.  Incoming transfer students who need tentative placement in time for their registration should contact Professor Sato as soon as possible.

What will the Japanese placement test look like?

The Japanese placement test has four sections. The kanji, grammar, and reading comprehension sections are taken on a website, and a final section on short-­essay writing is completed by hand.

Students who would like to use Japanese to fulfill their schools’ foreign language requirement may be required to take the oral test for proficiency validation after the written placement test. If this is the case, Professor Sato will explain how to sign up for an exam slot after you finish the writing portion.

How do I take the Japanese placement test?

Every part of the test is administered online.  Be sure to follow the Academic Integrity policies and complete the test without any kind of help.

  1. Using Firefox or Safari, go to the online placement test site at one of the specified times below. If you already took JAPANESE 121-3 at Northwestern University and passed it, choose the Level II Test. Otherwise start with the Level I Test.  While taking the test, save it as often as you can.  After filling out the questionnaires, you will have two hours to complete the entire Level I or Level II test.  You can take the test only once.
  2. When you finish the above, send your Northwestern NetID, the one you used to log into the online placement test, to Professor Sato so that you can access the Japanese Placement Test site on Canvas for essay writing and for your oral validation test appointment. Carefully read and follow the instructions given there and complete the placement test.  You may be contacted by Professor Sato via email for follow-up so keep checking your email.

When and where will the Japanese placement test take place?  All times listed below are Chicago (CDT) time.

Date and Time for Level I online test: (Tentative)

            Monday, August 24th 2020, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (CDT)

            Tuesday, August 25th 2020, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (CDT)

            Wednesday, August 26th 2020, 9:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. (CDT)

            Thursday, August 27th 2020, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (CDT)

Date and Time for Level II online test: (Tentative)

            Friday, August 28th 2020, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (CDT)

            Friday, August 28th 2020, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)

Where will the placement test results be posted?
The placement results will be posted online at by 12:00 noon on September 5th (Tentative) unless different arrangements are made in advance.

Note for students with Japanese AP scores:
You are all required to take the placement test during the designated times above if you would like to study Japanese at NU and/or satisfy the foreign language requirement of your school.

Please contact Junko Sato(さとう先生)

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