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 SPRING 22

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 Friday March 13, 2022. 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  (& reading)

Part 2 via Zoom: 4) Interview 

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 (

< How to prepare for the Placement Test >
During the Winter, 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 〈

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 〈

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 〈

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 ( 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.