Welcome to the placement test homepage of the Japanese Program at The George Washington University. This is a self-administered placement exam site for people who have studied Japanese before and want to take Japanese 1002 or above. Please work independently without the help of grammar books or a dictionary. If you have never studied Japanese before, please sign up for Japanese 1001.*
There are two steps you must take in order to complete your placement exam.**
Create a free Quia account. To do this, go to the Quia Web site. Click the orange area labeled "Students." When the next page appears, click the link labeled "Create my free account." Fill out the form that appears. Select "Student" as the account type. When you are done, press the "Create my account" button. You should now be in the Student Zone. Type in the class code HHBKE383 at the bottom of the page and press the Add class button. Now you're done! Come back to this page and follow the links for specific exams recommended below.
(Odd-numbered courses are offered in fall, and even-numbered courses in spring.)
If you are interested in enrolling for Japanese 1002, the second semester of the first-year Japanese course (basic 2), please take the placement test for Japanese 1002. If your score is 65% or above, register for Japn 1002, and notify Professor Hamano by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you are interested in enrolling for Japanese 2003 or 2006, the first semester of the second-year Japanese course (intermediate 1), please take the placement tests for Japanese 1002 and Japanese 2003. If your score is 65% or above for both, register for Japn 2003, and notify Professor Hamano by e-mail (email@example.com).
If you are interested in enrolling for Japanese 2004, the second semester of the second-year Japanese course (intermediate 2), please take the placement tests for Japanese 1002, Japanese 2003, and Japanese 2004. If your score is 65% or above for all three, register for Japn 2004, and notify Professor Hamano by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you are interested in enrolling for Japanese 3105, the first semester of the third-year Japanese course (intermediate 3), please take the placement tests for Japanese 1002, Japanese 2004, and Japanese 3105. If your score is 65% or above for all three, register for Japn 3105, and notify Professor Hamano by e-mail (email@example.com).
If you are interested in any other upper-level Japanese language course, please first take all the tests here and contact Professor Hamano by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
See you in Washington, DC soon.
*These tests are for rough diagnostic purposes only. We reserve the right to move you to an appropriate level if these tests prove to be insufficient tools for placement.
**Please note that these tests require for you to be able to read and write Japanese using a keyboard. (The link to an exercise activity is provided at the bottom of this page.) If you are using a PC (Windows XP or ealier), open Regional and Language Options in Control Panel. On the Language tab, under Supplemental language support, select the Install files for East Asian languages check box. Click OK. You may be prompted to insert the Windows CD-ROM. After the files are installed, restart your computer and follow the next steps.
Open the Start Menu>>Control Panel>>(Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options)>>Regional and Language Options>>Languages>>make sure the two boxes under Supplemental language support are checked (otherwise, you need to install them)>>click Details under Text services and input languages>>Add>>select Japanese under Input languages. (In Windows Vista, select Japanese under Installed services, click on Keyboard, and select Japanese and Microsoft IME.)
A little blue box with EN should show up on the bottom Taskbar. Click on an area to type, then select JP or press Alt + Shift to set keyboard input to Japanese. Now, click the icon next to JP (Input Style) and select IME standard, then click the third icon (Input Mode) and select Hiragana.
When you try to type, type out a word in romaji. As you type each syllable, it will change from romaji to hiragana. When you are done typing a word, phrase, or sentence, either press the space bar to convert it into kanji, or if you want to leave them in hiragana, press Enter after each. (Pressing the space bar multiple times brings up a menu with the different kanji, hiragana, and katakana options for each phrase.)
Additional hints about typing: If you want to type small っ, use ppa, tta, ssa, kka, etc. If you want to type ん at the end of a syllable, type nn. You can also practice all of these using one of the links below.