Columbia University Japanese Language Program

Placement Test FAQ

The Spring 2014 placement test will be held on Friday, January 24th at 10:00 a.m. (Room: 522C Kent).

NOTE: The placement test for Spring 2014 will be on Friday, January 24th. However, the first day of class will be on Tuesday, January 21st. Until you receive your test result, please go to a class you want to be enrolled. Make sure you attend the first week of class so that you will not miss what is covered on the first week.

1. Who must take a placement test?

Students who wish to take First Year Japanese I or Elementary Japanese A do not need to take a placement exam. Students who:

MUST take a placement exam if you wish to take any course other than First Year Japanese I or Elementary Japanese A.

 

Students who wish to test out of the language requirement for Ph.D. or other programs are also required to take a placement exam. (NB: students who pass the exam must claim and pick up their certificates WITHIN ONE MONTH of the date of their exam, or they will be required to take the exam again in the following semester)

 

2. When can I take the test?

The Fall placement exam is scheduled on Thursday before the first day of classes from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
The Spring 2014 placement test will be held on Friday, January 24th at 10:00 a.m. (Room: 522C Kent).

 

3. How do I sign up for the test?

Please visit http://www.columbia.edu/cu/ealac/japanese/plreg.html and follow the instructions. Students are not required to pay a fee if they are taking the test to be placed into a Japanese course or placed out of a language requirement at Columbia.

 

4. I took the placement test last semester. Are the results still valid?

No. Placement test results are only valid for the semester for which the test is taken.

 

5. Can I take the placement test for next semester now?

No. You must wait until the scheduled date of the exam for the semester during which you wish to take Japanese.

 

6. I took the AP Japanese Language/Japanese Language Proficiency Exam/other exam and scored X points. Do I still need to take the placement exam?

Yes. Other exams test on different content than the Columbia placement exam; thus, their results cannot be used as a replacement.

 

7.I would like to audit a Japanese class. Do I still need to take the placement exam?

Be advised that EALAC language courses may not be audited or taken for R credit. Furthermore, no language courses at Columbia may be taken on a Pass/Fail basis. Thus, students registering for Japanese courses must take them for credit and for a letter grade. As auditing is not allowed, you are not required to take the placement exam. However, should you decide to enroll, you will be required to take the placement exam if you fall under any of the categories outlined in question 1 of this FAQ.

 

8. What is the format of the placement test?

The test consists of two parts, 1) a written and listening comprehension exam and 2) an oral interview.

 

9. How many kanji should I know?

The required number of kanji varies with the desired level. See below for details:

2nd Year 1st Semester -220 kanji
2nd Year 2nd Semester-434 kanji
3rd Year 1st Semester- approximately 500 kanji
3rd Year 2nd Semester- approximately 700 kanji
4th Year 1st Semester - approximately 1,000 kanji
5th Year 1st Semester - approximately 2,000 kanji

To be placed in 2nd Year 1st Semester, you should know the following 220 kanji.


 

To be placed in 2nd Year 2nd Semester, you should know the following 214 kanji in addtition to the 220 above.

 

To be placed in 3rd Year 1st Semester, you should know the followig 193 kanji in addtition to the 434 above.

 

To be placed in 3rd Year 2nd Semester, you should know the following 168 kanji in addition to the 545 above.

 

To be placed in 4th Year 1st Semester, you should know the following 247 kanji in addtition to the 713 above.

 

To be placed in 4th Year 2nd Semester, you should know roughly 500 more kanji which are listed below in addtition to the 960 above.

 

To be placed in 5th Year, you should know roughly 2,000 kanji in total; all kanji above and the following kanji.

 

10. I studied Japanese somewhere other than Columbia. What should I do to prepare for the placement exam?

The best way to prepare is to go over a textbook and other materials you used in previous classes thoroughly.

 

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