Placement Tests

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures requires that students with any prior knowledge of the languages taught in our department (e.g. Chinese, Japanese and Korean), and who plan to enroll in our language classes, take a placement test before enrolling in a language course.   

Prior Experience in an Asian Language

If you are a student with prior experience in an Asian language (e.g., self-taught, learned in elementary, middle or high school, or learned from family, relatives or friends, etc.), and seek advise about foreign language placement, or continuing with the language of your heritage please fill out this questionnaire in order to receive appropriate advising or guidance.

Chinese

Our department administers a computer based Chinese placement test throughout the year. This test will be given on campus only. Please contact Rachel Weiss (rweiss@wisc.edu) to register.  When emailing please provide your campus ID. For further information on the Chinese placement test, please click here.

  • Tuesday, August 20, 2019 (1:00 – 4:00 pm, 274 Van Hise Hall)
  • Wednesday, August 28, 2019 (1:00 – 4:00 pm, 274 Van Hise Hall)
  • Thursday, August 29, 2019 (1:00 – 4:00 pm, 274 Van Hise Hall)
  • Tuesday, September 3, 2019 (1:00 – 4:00 pm, 274 Van Hise Hall)

Fall 2019 placement test dates and times:

  • TBC

Hindi-Urdu

Students interested in a placement test to “test out” of a level of language study or foreign language requirement must fill out this Background Questionnaire. Please note specifically the years you formally studied any South Asian language in schooling, even if English was the primary mode of instruction. If you have particular questions for our academic advisor, please note that in the final section in the form.

If an enrolling student with some background in Hindi/Urdu would like a placement test but cannot read or write, the student must automatically enroll in the first semester of Hindi/Urdu to learn the script, after which a placement test can be administered upon request by the course instructor for approval to enroll in a higher-level course.

If an enrolling student with some prior ability to read and write in the Hindi/Urdu script is seeking to enroll in a language course for the upcoming semester, placement exams may be granted by request.  To arrange for Hindi placement exams, contact Instructor Nikhil Tiwari nmtiwari@wisc.edu and for Urdu placement exams, contact Instructor Farooq Asif mfasif@wisc.edu.

If students with some prior ability to read and write in the Hindi/Urdu script would like a placement test in order to receive a placement result without enrolling in UW-Madison courses, students may request an seat in advance (contact coordinator Sarah Beckham sbeckham@wisc.edu) during scheduled placement exams:

Fall 2019 placement test dates and times:

  • TBC

Japanese

The Japanese program administers placement test throughout summer and during the fall and spring semesters. The test will be given on campus or online (via Skype). Please contact Rachel Weiss to register. When emailing please provide your campus ID. For further information on the Japanese placement test, please read our FAQs.

Summer 2019 placement test dates and times:

  • Monday, August 26th: 9:30-10:00, 10:30-11:00
  • Tuesday, August 27th: 11:15-11:45, 12:30-1:00, 1:00-1:30, 1:30-2:00, 2:00-2:30
  • Wednesday, August 28th: 9:00-9:30, 9:30-10:00, 10:30-11:00, 11:00-11:30
  • Thursday, August 29th: 9:00-9:30, 9:30-10:00, 10:00-10:30, 10:30-11:00, 11:00-11:30
  • Friday, August 30th: 9:00-9:30, 9:30-10:00, 10:00-10:30, 10:30-11:00, 11:00-11:30
  • Tuesday, September 3rd: 9:00-9:30, 9:30-10:00, 10:00-10:30, 10:30-11:00, 11:00-11:30

Fall 2019 placement test dates and times:

  • TBC

Korean

The placement test will be an oral interview (20-25 minutes) and a short writing in Korean (25-30 minutes).  Please contact Rachel Weiss to register. When emailing please provide your campus ID. Your placement test will be conducted in person with Dr. Seunggon Jeong in room 1144 Van Hise Hall.

Summer 2019 placement test dates and times:

  • August 19th 10 am or 2 pm
  • August 20th 10 am or 2 pm
  • August 22nd 10 am
  • August 23rd 10 am or 2 pm
  • August 26th 10 am or 2 pm
  • August 27th 10 am or 2 pm
  • August 28th 10 am or 2 pm
  • August 28th 10 am
  • August 30th 10 am
  • September 3rd 10 am, 11 am or 3 pm
  • September 4th 10 am or 2 pm
  • September 5th 10 am or 2 pm
  • September 6th 10 am or 2 pm

For questions regarding the placement into other languages offered in the department. Please fill out the Background Questionnare.