Japanese Placement Test for Fall 2023

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. Below are details on test procedures. Please take a close look at the schedule below and mark your calendars.


We recommend using the Chrome browser for taking the online test. (Similarly, we recommend you NOT use Safari.)


During Summer 2023

1. Student Information Survey

Fill out this survey by Saturday, August 12 (11:59 pm). Once you complete the survey, you should receive an invitation for the Japanese online written placement test shortly. 


If you are having difficulty accessing the survey link, copy and paste the following address into your web browser:



If you have NOT received the invitation within 24 hours of completing this survey, please contact the testing team (languageplacement@msu.edu) for technical assistance from the email address used in your survey answer.


2. Online written placement test

Take the written placement test (approximately for 60-70 minutesby Sunday, August 13, 2023. When you do not complete the test on time, your placement result may not be finalized before the fall semester starts.


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

After the test, you will receive an email with the test result and tentative recommendation for which Japanese language course to enroll. Your results will be forwarded to the registrar’s office so that you may tentatively enroll in the recommended class. Please allow 2-3 business days for this process to be completed. Should you still have trouble registering for your recommended course, please contact the testing team (languageplacement@msu.edu).


Week of August 14, 2023

Individual oral interview schedule with a Zoom invitation will be emailed to only the students who have completed the placement test by August 13, 2022.


Oral interviews will take place on Friday, August 18, from 1:00 to 5:00 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 the Japanese Studies Program (japanese@msu.edu) immediately. Watch out for an email from the Japanese Studies Program and confirm the interview schedule by replying to the sender immediately.


Friday, August 18, 2023

Oral Interviews between 1:00 and 5:00 pm.

Each interview will last for five minutes. We plan to inform the students about their final placement in the Japanese Language Program by August 21.


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


If you have questions regarding the placement test and/or need technical assistance, please contact the language testing team at languageplacement@msu.edu.


If you have any questions regarding Japanese language courses, please contact the Japanese Studies Program (japanese@msu.edu). Please note however that this email address is not monitored regularly during the summer, and that questions regarding the placement test needing immediate attention should be directed to the language testing team (languageplacement@msu.edu). 


We look forward to welcoming you to our program in fall 2023!


MSU Japanese Studies Program