Placement Test

Placement Test

Placement Test

Japanese Language Program: Placement test
If you have any previous knowledge of Japanese or studied Japanese formally or informally, you can take a placement test to find the course just right for your level.

[How to take a placement test]
There are two parts of the placement test:
(1) Online test
As a part of the placement test for the Japanese language program at UPenn, we ask prospective students to take the following online tests in advance. Please take the online tests before the oral interview and writing test. You need to keep the score to yourself and submit it in advance to JLP Director, Ms. Tomoko Takami (
1) SPOT 90
2) Kanji SPOT50
Please see here (placement about spot test) for the procedure.

(2) Oral interview, Essay, and Consultation
If it’s the beginning of the new academic year, this will take place during the New Student Orientation (NSO).
After the NSO, please contact Ms. Tomoko Takami to make an appointment for the oral interview.


Please note that this test measures what you can do with the language. Thus, some questions are easy (they try to measure what you can do ) and some questions are difficult (they try to measure what you cannot do with the language yet). Don’t feel discouraged if you encounter questions whose answer you don’t know the answer to.
If you have any questions, please email Tomoko Takami, Director of Japanese Language Program, 802 Williams Hall (215-573-3640).

Placement Test for Fall 2019
The placement test will take place during the new student orientation.
Monday, August 26, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. @ WILL 315
*Please take SPOT test before coming to the placement test.

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