The University of Iowa Japanese placement test covers listening, grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. Students who have experience in the language who want to continue study need to take a placement exam. This test is administered by the department and can be arranged by contacting the Division of World Language, Literatures, and Cultures. Students should email Claire Frances (email@example.com) to arrange testing.
For those students who have completed four or more years of Japanese language in high school, the UI offers the opportunity to earn incentive credit toward graduation through the Furthering Language Incentive Program (FLIP credit). Learn more about FLIP. If you are interested in earning FLIP credit, you should meet with your academic adviser to discuss eligibility.
Specific Japanese Course Placement Scores
|0-44||JPNS:1001 First-year Japanese|
|45-57||JPNS:2001 Second-year Japanese|
|58-65||JPNS:3001 Third-year Japanese|
|>=66||JPNS:4001 Fourth-year Japanese|
The courses listed for each score range are recommended. If you feel that the test results do not accurately reflect your ability, you may send the score to the Japanese Language Coordinator by email and make an appointment for a meeting to determine the best course in which to enroll. Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a score of 58 or higher may contact the Japanese Language Coordinator to schedule an Oral Proficiency Interview. Successful completion of the Oral Proficiency interview can lead to completion of the World Languages General Education Requirement.