Placement Exams

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures offers language courses and placement exams in the following languages: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Hindi-Urdu, IndonesianThai and Vietnamese.

Placement exams are offered during week 0 of fall quarter and week 1 of winter quarter.  Placement exams are NOT offered during First-Year and Transfer orientations.  For placement exam schedule please select from the languages above.

Make-up exams or Individual placement exams are not offered, please plan accordingly. Students who miss the exam will have to wait until the next quarter it is offered.

Placement Exam Guidelines

(1)  All students are required to take a placement exam to enroll in language courses with the exception of first-level language courses (ie. Chinese 1, Japanese 1, etc.) First-level courses are limited to students with no background in the language.

(2) Students who wish to test out of the foreign language requirement may take the placement exam. (For a 1-year requirement, students must score a 4 or higher. For a 2-year requirement, students must score a 100A or higher.)

College of Letters and Science and Foreign Language Requirement– If a student passes out of an elementary-level language (1 year) and has not met the college language requirement, a language waiver is automatically sent to the college.  Students should NOT request an individual language waiver letter from ALC.

School of Engineering & School of Art and Architecture – If a student passes out of an elementary-level language (1 year) and wishes to be waived out of the language requirement, the student must email the ALC office or meet with an ALC counselor for a language waiver letter.  Language waivers are NOT automatically sent.

Major/minor language requirements– Students who need to show proof of passing out of a major/minor language requirement must email the ALC office or meet with an ALC counselor for a language waiver letter.  Language waivers are NOT automatically sent. (This includes Art History, IDS, English Departments)


I just took the placement exam, how do I know if I waived out of the language requirement?
If you placed into course 4 or higher you have fulfilled the 1 year Letters and Sciences language requirement. Additionally, the department automatically sends a note to the College to waive you out of the Foreign Language Requirement (as long as you passed into course 4 or higher of a language). It won’t be reflected on your DPR until the end of the quarter (this includes graduating seniors).

If you took a placement exam in a prior quarter and your DPR does not reflect your foreign language requirement as “satisfied”, please come to the office to verify your results to be sent to the College of Academic Counseling. You will need to provide your name, UID and the quarter you took the placement test.

I want to enroll into a language course but I’m not sure how to read my results.
Your placement score is the course you are eligible to enroll into, and you may not enroll into a higher or lower level course. Please note that language courses are sequential so you may have to wait a quarter or two before you can enroll into the course you were placed into.
I took the placement exam, but MyUCLA is not letting me enroll.
MyUCLA does not recognize your placement score, therefore the department will have to manually enroll you into the course.

Please e-mail the undergraduate counselor the following information:
YEAR/MAJOR (or ALC minor):
Course ID#
Exam Date/Quarter

**If you need to enroll into a Korean language course please contact the instructor of the course for a PTE number.

How long will I be able to access my results for?
Results will be available for a limited time, so you may want to save/print the results for your records.
I need to verify my placement score with my major/minor department counselor (ie. Art History, English) what do I need to do?
Please contact the undergraduate counselor and after verifying your placement results they will issue a verification letter or e-mail to your department counselor directly.
I missed the placement exam, when is the next placement exam?
There are no make-up exams or individual placement exams. Students who miss the exam will have to wait until the next quarter offered.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES will a make-up exam or individual placement exam be administered for any students. Please be sure to check ahead of time to note which placement tests will be held each quarter as times vary for each language.

Please plan accordingly.

Placement exams are offered during week 0 of Fall Quarter and week 1 of Winter Quarter or Spring Quarter. There are NO placement exams offered during Freshmen and Transfer orientations. Students need to check the ALC website about a month prior to the start of the quarter for exam dates and registration information:

I am a non-UCLA student interested in taking the placement exam, what should I do?
For non-UCLA students there is a $250 fee for individual placement exams.  To sign up for the placement exam please fill out the following form:
I plan to take the Fall placement exam but I am interested in taking a language course in the Fall too. What should I do?
The department reserves a limited number of spaces in the intermediate and advanced language courses for students who plan to take the Fall placement exam. If your placement results place you into a course offered in the Fall (level 4, 100A, 100R, 101A) you may contact the advisor to get enrolled into the course. Reminder: We do try and accommodate everyone that is interested in taking the course but there are limited spaces reserved.