Language Programs & Placement Tests
A Placement Test is required before enrolling in a language course at UCSB for students who have previously taken language classes or have a background in the following East Asian Languages: Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. For students interested in taking Chinese, Japanese, or Korean language classes at UCSB, the placement tests are usually offered each quarter. Students new to Chinese, Japanese, or Korean do not need to take a Placement Test, they can register for first year classes offered every year in the Fall quarter.
Japanese Placement Test for WINTER 2022
If you have studied Japanese previously or speak it at home, you MUST take the placement test to take Japanese language courses at UCSB. To sign up, please complete this information sheet by Monday December 13, 2021. Please use your UCSB email to access the information sheet.
The placement test consists of the two parts:
Part 1 on GauchoSpace: 1) Conjugations (verbs, adjectives) 2) Kanji 3) writing
Date: The test modules will be open December 13th – 27th on GauchoSpace.
Part 2 via Zoom: 4) Interview
Date: January 3rd (first day of the instruction)
※The time of your interview will be informed after taking the Part 1 on GauchoSpace.
Further instructions on the placement test will be emailed after you sign up for the placement test.
If you have any questions, please contact Yoko Yamauchi (email@example.com)
< How to prepare for the Placement Test >
During the fall, review the materials (textbooks) of the course(s) you have taken before. We recommend to review verb and adjective conjugations as well as vocabulary and kanji. Please refer to the course description (Japanese Language Course Description) for more information about the each level of our Japanese courses. If you have a certain course you wish to start, look at the description of the course prior to the placement test. A course description indicates what you are expected to be able to do to take the course you wish to take.
If you have any questions, please contact the Japanese Language Program Coordinator: Yoko Yamauchi 〈firstname.lastname@example.org〉
Chinese Language Placement Test for WINTER 2022
Students who have studied Chinese or speak it at home, MUST take the Placement Test in order to enroll in Chinese language classes at UCSB (except CHIN1 or CHIN 1NH).
The date of the next Chinese Placement Test is MONDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2021
Please sign up for the test using this FORM
About the Chinese Placement Test
The Placement Test will be online and consists of two parts:
Part 1: listening, reading and typing (50 minutes) on GauchoSpace
Part 2: Interview (10 minutes) on Zoom
How to prepare for the Placement Test
Review the materials (textbooks) of the courses you have taken before.
We use the New Practical Chinese Reader 3rd Edition Book 1 and Book 2 for
First-year Chinese (CHIN 1-2-3) and second year Chinese (CHIN 4-5-6)
Note: CHIN 1NH-2NH-3NH-4NH-5NH are heritage tracks that are designed for
students who have a Chinese language background and speak Chinese at home.
If you have questions, please contact the Chinese Language Coordinator: Bella Chen at 〈email@example.com〉
Update December 2021 re: Chinese Language Evaluations
Only students who plan to enroll in a Chinese language course can sign-up for the Chinese Placement Test.
Students who need to be evaluated in order to clear the Area B. GE Foreign Language Requirement or several quarters of Chinese for their Majors or Minors should sign up for the Chinese Language Evaluation with this Form
KOREAN Language Placement Test
The next Korean Placement Test will be on January 27th. To sign up please complete this form.
If you have questions, please contact the Korean Language Coordinator: Wona Lee at 〈firstname.lastname@example.org〉
EALCS department Language Class Sequence for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean:
The East Asian Language courses are offered in an annual sequence. A typical schedule for the language courses for each quarter are listed below:
|Year:||Fall Quarter:||Winter Quarter:||Spring Quarter:|
|1st year||CHIN 1/1NH, JAPAN 1, KOR 1||CHIN 2/2NH, JAPAN 2, KOR2||CHIN 3/3NH, JAPAN 3, KOR 3|
|2nd year||CHIN 4/4NH, JAPAN 4, KOR 4||CHIN 5/5NH, JAPAN 5||CHIN 6, JAPAN 6|
|3rd year||CHIN122A, JAPAN 120A||CHIN122B, JAPAN 120B||CHIN122C, JAPAN 120C|
Classical Chinese Placement Test for FALL 2021
Please email Prof. Thomas Mazanec (email@example.com) to arrange a placement test for Classical Chinese. The test is offered once a year, during the first week of the quarter in which Chinese 101A is offered (Fall or Winter). will require you to produce an accurate English translation of the literal meaning of a brief Classical Chinese text. Consulting dictionaries and other resources is permitted. Email Prof. Mazanec for further details.
Please contact Alyson Alexander, EALCS Academic Advisor for questions and information.