Important Steps to Take Prior to Attending NSO
Check out the New Student Checklist to make sure students are prepared for their first semester at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.
Also, browse through our Online Tutorial for some helpful information about registration and other things students may want to know about before coming to an NSO session.
EALL Language Placement Testing
Testing and Procedures
Students with no prior Chinese, Japanese or Korean language experience should enroll in CHN, JPN or KOR 101 (or 111). If your language proficiency is judged to be beyond the 101-level on the first day of class, you will be placed in a higher level course. Students who are placed in 102 or a higher level may complete the language requirement faster and earn up to 16 back-credits, which can be counted toward graduation (Restrictions apply: see the Manoa Back Credit Policy). Students starting from 101 will receive no back-credits. A placement adjustment made in the first week of class does not guarantee a seat in the course appropriate for the student.
Students with prior experience in the language (i.e., formal classroom training, residence in the country of its use, cohabitation with a native speaker, etc.) are required to take a placement test.
Continuing and Incoming UH Manoa students
Students with prior experience in Chinese, Japanese or Korean language and who are new to the UHM program are required to take a placement exam to determine which course is appropriate for each student's language background and ability.
For Japanese only, taking the placement exam is optional for students who have already earned prerequisite college credits at one of the University of Hawai'i campuses, including community colleges, with a grade of C or better. However, the placement exam is strongly recommended if you are interested in taking advanced courses (300-400 level), if there has been a gap since your last language class, or if you would like a firmer sense of your proper placement.
- Students with no prior Chinese, Japanese or Korean language experience should register for CHN, JPN or KOR 101 (or 111). No further steps are necessary.
- Students who have taken a language course at UH Manoa can simply register for the next class in the sequence.