East Asian Languages Placement Tests: Spring 2020

November 22, 2019

To register for Japanese, Korean, or Vietnamese exam, fill out this survey. Additional instructions for the Japanese exam are located at the bottom of the page.

To register for Chinese, carefully review the information at the bottom of the page, then fill out the
Chinese Placement Survey.


Thursday, January 23; 2:00pm - 4:00pm
5 Bryant St. Seminar Room

Wednesday, January 29; 3:00-5:00pm
5 Bryant St. Seminar Room


Wednesday, January 29; 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Vanserg 213

Thursday, January 30; 3:00pm - 5:00pm
5 Bryant St. Seminar Room


Friday, January 24; 10:00am-12:30pm
5 Bryant St. Seminar Room

Tuesday, January 28; 10:00am-12:00pm and 12:00-2:00pm
5 Bryant St, Seminar Room


By appointment only - e-mail Sr. Preceptor Binh Ngo at binhngo@fas.harvard.edu to schedule.


If you are unable to make one of the scheduled times, please contact Rebecca Mahoney, Language Program Coordinator, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, at eal@fas.harvard.edu.

Japanese Placement Test Instructions

The Japanese placement test is administered digitally. Please take note of these IMPORTANT STEPS YOU MUST TAKE BEFORE THE DAY OF THE TEST, and come prepared!

  1. On the day of the test, arrive five minutes early at 5 Bryant St. to get set up. Bring your own laptop or tablet with access to Harvard wifi. If you don’t have either, get in contact with Naia Poyer, the EALP Program Assistant (naia_poyer@fas.harvard.edu) as soon as possible. There is no guarantee we will be able to provide you with a laptop if sufficient notice is not given.
  2. Install a Japanese language keyboard on your device before the day of the test and familiarize yourself with its use, including hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Installation instructions for both Mac and PC can be found here.
  3. Keep in mind the Harvard honor code while taking the test. Opening tabs or windows to any site outside of the quiz and its questions may constitute a violation of the honor code. Additionally, sharing the link or any of the test’s contents with others is a violation of the honor code.
  4. If you will need any accommodations for the test (e.g. assistance for a visual/hearing impairment or extra time), get in contact with both Naia Poyer and the JLP Director, Wesley Jacobsen (jacobsen@fas.harvard.edu) as soon as possible.

Chinese Placement Test Instructions

To register for the Chinese placement exam, fill out the survey here.

What you should know before the exam

1. IMPORTANT: Please make sure to register by filling out the online questionnaire before you attend the exam.

  1. Please bring your laptop and make sure it is 100% charged (You can also bring your charger if you think it is needed). During the exam, please check your device battery constantly to make sure that you will not lose any work due to sudden power-off of computer.
  2. Make sure Chinese input is already installed in your laptop. If you have any questions of installing Chinese input, please contact Harvard IT as soon as possible so you can have your laptop prepared for the exam.
  3. Please be on time for the exam. The online exam will only be open in our exam time (2 hours), and once it is closed, you will not be able to access the exam.

5. Format: One part for grammar & reading and one part for composition. Also, during the written exam, we will call out students individually to do the oral interview.

6. General Instruction for the Online Placement Test:

· No switching to any other windows during exam.

· No use of any other tools other than the Chinese input system on the computer.

· No peeking at other students’ computer.

· Any suspicious actions on computer will lead to immediate termination of your exam.