Language Programs & Placement Tests

For students who have previously taken language classes or have a background in the following East Asian Language: Chinese, Japanese, or Korean ~ a placement test is required before signing up for a language course at UCSB. If you are interested in taking Chinese, Japanese, or Korean language classes at UCSB, the placement test is offered during the first week at the start of each quarter.

All Placement Tests normally scheduled at the start of the quarter have been canceled, new dates and times will be announced, check back at the end of April 2020. If you have signed up for a placement test, we will sent you an email with updated test dates, times, and location. Thanks for your patience.

PLEASE NOTE: If you were taking the exam in order to enroll in a Chinese, Japanese, or Korean language course in Spring 2020, contact the corresponding language instructor for the course.
Please contact the Japanese language instructors by Monday, March 23rd.
If you were planning to take the exam to clear area B, or 6 to 9 quarters of language requirements for a Major or Minor, please wait until a new exam has been scheduled.

For the Chinese Language Placement Test: please complete and submit the the online pre-evaluation form. If you have questions, you can contact Alyson Alexander at

To test out of first-quarter CHIN 101A: Classical Chinese, students can take an exam during the first week of the quarter it is offered. This exam is offered only once per year. For more information or to register, please contact Prof. Thomas Mazanec at

For the Japanese Language Placement Test: please visit the Japanese Language Program website, complete the information sheet and send it to the Japanese language coordinator, Hiroko Sugawara at

For the Korean Language Placement Test: a form does not need to be submitted, please go the the test classroom on the date and time provided each quarter.

It is recommended that students take the Language Placement Test in the Fall. Language Placement Tests are also offered at the start of the Winter and Spring quarters.

Language Placement Tests for Winter Quarter 2020:

Monday, March 30th 2020: JAPANESE Placement Exam
Date, time, and location to be announced

Monday, March 30th 2020: KOREAN Placement Exam
This placement test is for students who want to take only Korean 3 and 6.
If you want to take a test to waiver your language requirement, please contact
Wona Lee at
Date, time, and location to be announced

Tuesday, March 31st 2020: CHINESE Placement Exam
Date, time, and location to be announced

Language Class Sequence

The East Asian Language courses are offered once a year and in 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

Please contact Alyson Alexander, EALCS Academic Advisor for questions and information.
Phone: 805-893-5478