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Placement Testing in Japanese
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Students with any previous background in the study of Japanese (in high school, at another school or college, etc.) may take a placement test in Japanese. The test results will help to place the student at an appropriate course level. Based on the test results and after consultation with the test advisor, the student may sign up to earn extra units based on previous study.

Thus, for example, if you had two years of high school Japanese with good grades, you would take the placement test and speak with the test advisor. If the test outcome and advisor recommend that you enroll in Japanese 2, you would take Japanese 2 and upon completion of this course with a grade of A or B, City College would also award you units for Japanese 1.

So, in the above example, the student would earn five units per course for a total of ten units.

Another example: If based on the results of the placement test and the test advisor’s recommendation you take Japanese 2B, upon completion of 2B with a grade of A or B, you would also be awarded 2A course credit.

Thus, in this last example, the student would earn three units per course for a total of six units.

Any extra units, however, are not assigned a letter grade. There is no charge to the student for the extra units. At this time, the units awarded apply to the following classes :

Japanese 1, 1A, 1B;
Japanese 2, 2A, 2B; 
Japanese 3, 3A, 3B;
Japanese 4, 4A, 4B

This program is under the Credit by Examination law, and the following requirements apply (see the CCSF Catalog):

  1. The student has completed 12 units at CCSF by the end of the current semester.

  2. The student has a G.P.A. of 2.0 or higher at the end of the current semester.

  3. The student has not already earned 12 units through Credit by Examination.

Follow these procedures:

  1. Stop by the Japanese Program office, Arts 203C, to pick up a Scantron answer sheet.

  2. Click here to go to the Japanese Placement Test.

  3. Use a #2 pencil to mark the answer sheet.

  4. Ignore the first two instructions. Read the third instruction (which begins: “This test contains 100 items ...”) and follow the directions to take the test.

  5. When you have completed the test, bring the answer sheet to Arts 203C.

  6. After three working days, you should check with the test advisor (in most cases, your instructor, Fumiko Grant or Mikiko Matsumura) for test results and consultation.

You will need to complete the “Contract for Credit for Previous Study of Japanese” form so that we know you want us to grant you credit for previous study upon completion of your CCSF Japanese course.

The CCSF Foreign Language Department thanks the Language Center for their support in operating this program.


Updated: 09/06/2011

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