Japanese Placement Guidelines

Placement in a Japanese language class follows the AMES department placement policy.

These guidelines are to help you choose a proper course. Please note that self-placement has to be approved or corrected by the instructor. If you have studied Japanese prior to Duke, you must take a placement test to be officially placed into the right course. Contact the coordinator, Hitomi Endo hendo@duke.edu, or the instructor of the course.

Elementary Japanese - 100 level courses

JPN 101 (Elementary Japanese) uses a textbook “Genki” LL.1-9, JPN 102 (Elementary Japanese) “Genki” LL. 10-17.

JPN 101 (Elementary Japanese)—fall only

  • You have never studied Japanese.
  • You studied Japanese in middle school but not in high school.
  • You studied Japanese in high school, but do not think the program was strong.
  • You can read and write hiragana & katakana, but you do not know many kanji.

JPN 102 (Elementary Japanese)—spring only

  • You have successfully completed JPN 101 (Elementary Japanese) or its equivalent.
  • You studied Japanese for 3-4 years in a strong high school program.
  • Your AP score was below 3.
  • You can read and write about 100 kanji.

Intermediate Japanese - 200 level courses

JPN 203 (Intermediate Japanese) uses Genki LL.17-23, JPN 204 (Intermediate Japanese) Tobira LL.1-5.

JPN 203 (Intermediate Japanese)—fall only

  • You have successfully completed JPN 102 (Elementary Japanese) or its equivalent.
  • You had 4 years Japanese in a strong high school program.
  • Your AP score was 3 or higher.
  • You have acquired basic language skills of Japanese informally such as in your home or through living in Japan.
  • You can read and write about 200 kanji.

JPN 204 (Intermediate Japanese)—spring only

  • You have successfully completed JPN 203 (Intermediate Japanese) or equivalent.
  • You had 4 years of high school Japanese and your AP score was 4 or higher.
  • You have acquired basic language skills of Japanese informally such as in your home or through living in Japan.
  • You can read and write about 300 kanji.

Advanced Japanese - 300 level course

JPN 305 (Advanced Japanese) uses “Tobira” LL.6-10, JPN 306 (Advanced Japanese) “Tobira” LL.11-14.

JPN 305 (Advanced Japanese)—fall only

  • You have successfully completed JPN 204 (Intermediate Japanese) or its equivalent.
  • You had 4 years of high school Japanese and your AP score was 5.
  • You have acquired intermediate level language proficiency in Japanese informally in your home or through living in Japan.
  • You can read and write about 500 kanji.

JPN 306 (Advanced Japanese)—spring only

  • You have successfully completed JPN 305 (Advanced Japanese) or its equivalent.
  • You have acquired intermediate or higher level language proficiency in Japanese informally in your home or through living in Japan.
  • You can read and write about 700 kanji.

Advanced Japanese - 400 level courses (use mainly authentic materials)

  • You have successfully completed JPN 306 (Advanced Japanese) or its equivalent.
  • You have acquired advanced level language proficiency in Japanese informally in your home or through living in Japan.
  • You can read and write about 1000 kanji.

*If you have passed JLPT N2 or N1, please contact the coordinator, Hitomi Endo at hendo@duke.edu or the instructor of the course to take a placement test.