Language Programs & Placement Tests

For students who have previously taken language classes or have a background in the following East Asian Language: Chinese, Japanese, or Korean ~ a placement test is required before signing up for a language course at UCSB. If you are interested in taking Chinese, Japanese, or Korean language classes at UCSB, the placement test is offered the first couple of days at the start of each quarter.

For the Chinese Language Placement Test: complete the pre-evaluation form and send it to the Chinese language coordinator, Daoxiong Guan at

To test out of first-quarter Classical Chinese: students can take an exam during the first week of the quarter in which Chinese 101A is offered, either Fall or Winter quarter. This exam is offered only once per year. For more information or to register, please contact Prof. Thomas Mazanec at

For the Japanese Language Placement Test: please visit the Japanese Language Program website, complete the information sheet and send it to the Japanese language coordinator, Hiroko Sugawara at The date, time and location for these placement tests are regularly updated on the calendar.

It is recommended that students take the Language Placement Test in the Fall. Language Placement Tests are also offered at the start of the Winter and Spring quarters.

Language Placement Tests for Fall Quarter 2019:

Wednesday, September 25th: JAPANESE Placement Exam
Exam Times: 1:30 and 2:30 pm in HSSB 2252

Thursday, September 26th: JAPANESE Placement Exam
Time: 2:30-4:00 pm in HSSB 4065

Thursday, September 26th: KOREAN Placement Exam
Time: 2:00-4:00 pm in HSSB 2252

Friday, September 27th: CHINESE Placement Exam
Time: 3:00-5:00 pm in HSSB 2252

Language Class Sequence

The East Asian Language courses are offered once a year and in 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

Please contact Alyson Alexander, EALCS Academic Advisor for questions and information.

Phone: 805-893-5478