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Placement & Proficiency Exams

If you have learned an East Asian language elsewhere and wish to take more language courses at KU, you should take a placement test. The exam is composed of two required parts, an online placement test and an oral interview and evaluation. There is no fee for this test, and the online part may be taken at any time of the year. The online placement test will give you a preliminary placement at a level corresponding to one of the language classes. You must then meet with one of the language instructors or coordinators to have an interview and oral evaluation to verify the accuracy of the placement and do so before classes start, if all possible, and no later than the first week of classes.

Chinese, Japanese or Korean Placement Exams

Access to the Chinese, Japanese and Korean placement exams is through your KU online ID. At the end of the exam you will be given a preliminary placement, which you should use to register for a specific course. During the first week of classes, you will meet with a placement advisor to determine the accuracy of the placement. If it is determined that another course would be more appropriate, you will be allowed to transfer to that course.

EALC Language Coordinators

Chinese: Yan Li

Japanese: Yuka Naito

Korean: Ji-Yeon Lee

Hindi: Patrica Sabarwal

Uyghur & Tibetan: Yuka Naito or  contact our main office

Language Requirement Waiver Exams

If you believe you might be exempt from the foreign-language requirement, you need to take a language requirement waiver exam. For Chinese, Japanese and Korean, please take the online placement test first. Then you should meet with one of the language coordinators for an oral evaluation. If both the online placement exam and the oral evaluation suggest a placement at a level above what is needed to meet the language proficiency requirement, a foreign-language requirement waiver letter will be issued.


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