The University of Iowa Japanese placement test covers listening, grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. First year students attending Summer Orientations for Fall ( 2 day programs only) may test on Day 1 of your 2 day program, at 5:30pm in the Student Activities Center of the Iowa Memorial Union. Continuing students may contact Patricia Dunlap 319-335-2682 or to schedule a placement test.  

This test is administered during summer orientation for first-year students entering for fall (2-day programs only). Continuing students who need to register for a test should contact the Patricia Dunlap at 319-335-2682 or

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 through the Furthering Language Incentive Program (FLIP credit). Learn more about FLIP.

Specific Japanese Course Placement Scores

Score Placement Recommendation
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.

Students may be eligible to earn incentive credit toward graduation through the Furthering Language Incentive Program (FLIP).  If you are interested in earning FLIP credit, you should meet with your academic adviser to discuss eligibility.