Japanese Placement Test for Fall 2021

Welcome to the Japanese Studies Program at Michigan State University! 

We appreciate your interest in our program and look forward to meeting you this fall.

Students who have previously studied Japanese and wish to enroll in a course above JPN 101 (first-year Japanese, first semester) must take the placement test. The Japanese Studies Program will administer the placement test online. Please take a close look at the schedule below and mark your calendars.

During Summer 2021

1. Student Information Survey

Fill out this survey by August 14 (11:59 pm). Once you complete the survey, you should receive an invitation for the Japanese online written placement test shortly.


If you have NOT received the invitation within 24 hours upon completing this survey, please contact Imamura Sensei (imamuraa@msu.edu) immediately from the email address used in your survey answer.


2. Online written placement test

Take the written placement test (approximately for 60-70 minutes) at your earliest convenience. The link to the test will expire on Sunday, August 15, 2021.

You must complete the test in one session and cannot retake it once completed.

After the test, you will receive the test result and tentative (or final) recommendation for which Japanese language course to enroll. If you have any questions regarding enrollment, please contact the Japanese program academic advisor, Cindy Walter (walterc2@msu.edu).

Week of August 16, 2021

Individual oral interview schedule with a Zoom invitation will be emailed to only the students who have completed the placement test by August 15, 2021.

Oral interviews will take place on Friday, August 20, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. So, please save this time. Each interview will consist of five minutes. You must keep your scheduled interview time.  Only those with a legitimate reason (i.e., illness) may be allowed to reschedule it. In that case, please contact Imamura Sensei (imamuraa@msu.edu) immediately.

Watch out for an email from the Japanese Studies Program and confirm the interview schedule by replying to the sender immediately.

August 20, 2021

Oral Interviews between 1:00 and 3:00 pm.

Each interview will last for five minutes. We plan to inform the students about their final placement in the Japanese Language Program by 5:00 pm on August 20.

NOTE: Those who earned AP credits in their HS still need to take the placement test regardless of the AP scores. 


If you have any questions regarding the Japanese placement test or Japanese language courses, please contact Imamura sensei (imamuraa@msu.edu). If you have general questions regarding enrollment for courses, please contact your academic advisor.


We look forward to welcoming you to our program in fall 2021!


Akiko Imamura (imamuraa@msu.edu) 

The Japanese Language Program Coordinator

Michigan State University