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 Language: Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. If you are interested in taking Chinese, Japanese, or Korean language classes at UCSB, the placement tests are usually offered at the start of 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 FALL 2021

Students who have studied or can speak Japanese must take the Placement Test in order to enroll in Japanese language classes at UCSB (except JAPAN 1).
The placement test will be given on GauchoSpace and Zoom and will accommodate up to 30 students on a first come, first served basis.

The placement test consists of the two parts: 
Part 1:  1) Conjugations (verbs, adjectives) 2) Kanji
–Date: Saturday, September 4 – Monday, September 6 on GauchoSpace
Part 2:  3) Interview
–Date: Tuesday, September 7 – Friday September 9 on Zoom
The date and time of your interview will be confirmed in early September.
Details will be emailed after you sign up for the Placement Test.

Click on this link to sign up for the Japanese Language Placement Test for Fall

Chinese Language Placement Test for Fall 2021

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 Placement Test will be given on Gaucho Space & Zoom. For questions please contact: The Chinese Language Coordinator: Shu-Chuan Chen at

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

The date for the next Chinese Placement Test (which is offered each quarter): 
Monday, September 20, 2021 (Fall Quarter)
The details will be emailed to students after signing up for the Placement Test

To sign up for the next Placement Test please complete this form

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.

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 Winter 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.