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Michigan State University
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Students who have previously studied Japanese and wish to enroll in a course above JPN 101 need to take the placement test. 

Japanese Placement Testing

Monday, August 26th. 2019
1:00-3:00 pm, Wells Hall Room A116

For Spring semester, contact the instructor who teaches the class you wish to take.

To take the placement test, please send an e-mail to japanese@msu.edu with the following information:

  1. FAMILY NAME, given name
  2. E-mail address
  3. Telephone number and the best time to contact you
  4. Name(s) of school(s) where you studied Japanese
  5. Level(s) of Japanese courses you have taken; e.g. 1st year, 2nd year
  6. How many HOURS per week each of the classes met
  7. Names of the textbooks used (if you can't remember, describe the size, color, etc.) and how many lessons covered at each level (if you remember)
  8. The number of kanji symbols studied. (NOTE: If you don't know hiragana or katakana, you must start with JPN 101.)
  9. Other pertinent information, if any

Based on the results of your placement test, the instructors will decide which level of JPN you will take.  You must follow their decision.

If you must register before the placement test is administered, the instructors may recommend, based on your answers to the questions above, in which course you should tentatively register. You still must take the placement test on the date scheduled, and drop and add courses as recommended by the instructors, based on your results on the test.