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Japanese Language Placement Advisory Test

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Spring 2016 Enrollment

These courses have NO prerequisites. JAPA 1, 1A, 10A, 10B, 10C, 10D, 16. 

To enroll in courses that have prerequisites you must challenge the prerequisite if you have not completed the prerequisite course at CCSF.  There are two ways to do this:

  1. PROVIDE A TRANSCRIPT: If you have studied Japanese previously at another college, you will need to provide a transcript of the course(s) you completed in order to enroll at a higher level course. An unoffical transcript is okay.   SEE A below.

  2. TAKE PLACEMENT TEST: If you acquired skills outside of a classroom (took Japanese in high school, spoke at home, lived and/or studied in a Japanese-speaking region, etc.), or cannot locate a transcript, in order to enroll in a course with prerequisites, you will need to take the placement test. The test can be taken online. SEE B below.

A. Provide Transcript

  1. Please provide the transcript showing the course that you successfully took at your other college AND a course description from the college catalog (usually available on the college website). An unoffical transcript is okay.
  2.  Fill out a Prerequisite Challenge Form
  3. If your transcript is from a California  public college or university:  Take or send the Prerequisite Challenge Form AND your transcript to the Matriculation Office. (Contact below)
  4. If your transcript is from a private or out-of-state college or university:  Please bring the Prerequisite Challenge form, your transcript AND a copy of the course description (often available on the college website) to the Foreign Languages Dept Eligibility Coordinator, the  Foreign Languages Department office, OR to the Office of the Dean of Foreign Languages and English.

  5. If approved, your registration will be unblocked within 5 working days.

 B. Take Placement Test


  1. Obtain a Scantron form from the Foreign Languages Department office in Arts-202 (9 am-3:30 p.m., M-Friday) or telephone to ask that one be sent to you. (415-239-3223) OR stop by the Japanese office in A-203.
  2. Click here to go straight to the Japanese Placement Test (will open in a new window).
  3. Mark your answers on the Scantron.
  4. Bring or send the Scantron to Dr. Kimiyoshi Inomata, the Japanese placement advisor. (CCSF Foreign Languages Dept, 50 Phelan Avenue, Mailbox: A-48, San Francisco, CA 94112)
  5. Contact Dr. Inomata to find out your score.
  6. Fill out a Prerequisite Challenge Form
  7. Get it signed by Dr. Inomata.
  8. Provide to the  MATRICULATION OFFICE:  Contact info below: OR visit the FL Eligibility Coordinator
  9. If approved, your registration will be unblocked within 5 working days.

Japanese Placement Advisor: If your test results do not place you definitively, and if you need advice for which course to take based on test results, please contact the Japanese Placement Advisor: Dr. Kimiyoshi Inomata (


 Contact the Matriculation Office

How to contact the Matriculation Office:

  •  In person: Conlan Hall, room 204 (Ocean Campus)
  •  By
  •  By FAX: (415) 452-5127
  • By phone: (415) 239-3751

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