Students in this program must complete 15 credit hours of upper-level Japanese courses
listed below to earn a Japanese Minor. There is no scheduling conflict in these courses
(see Course Schedules).
Nearly all courses for the Japanese Minor are offered for Honors credit. Honors students
are able to take all Japanese Minor courses for Honors credit.
JAPN 3116/H Intensive Advanced Japanese and JAPN 4033/H Oral Communication & Composition
include practice exams for the official Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) in their
course requirements. Particularly, JAPN 4033/H will prepare its students for JLPT N3, where the certified individuals will become employable at a Japanese corporation for positions requiring a working command of
the Japanese language.
The Japanese Program administers the Japanese Placement Test every semester as a way to help students who have formally taken Japanese language courses elsewhere
find a class that is most suitable to their current language proficiency levels.
Japanese Placement Test
This test is open to students at the University of Arkansas who did not take academic courses taught
in the Japanese language at a middle school or above. Examinees are expected to have a working command of hiragana and katakana. Each student may take this placement test only once throughout his/her academic career at the University of Arkansas.
This placement test does not confer credit (i.e., results of this test will not affect
the students’ GPAs) because it is designed solely to evaluate the examinees’ current language proficiency
The Japanese Placement Test is administered during Week 1 of fall and spring semesters (the first Tuesday of each semester unless announced otherwise). The test date is announced on the main page of the Japanese Program Website.
-Valid student I.D.
-2 Scantron sheets
The Japanese Placement Test consists of listening comprehension, kanji reading/writing,
grammar, content-based questions, and reading comprehension. All questions are presented
in a multiple-choice format, and examinees write their answers on a Scantron sheet.
Examinees must complete the test within 120 minutes (since this test includes questions
for examinees at varying proficiency levels, those below an advanced level may not
need all 120 minutes to complete the questions for their levels).