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Kapi'olani Community College offers language placement testing for seven (7) languages: Chinese, Filipino, French, Hawaiian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Taking the language placement test determines your eligibility to either start at a level beyond the introductory 101 level, or determine native fluency in a particular language.

Students with knowledge of ASL who would like to arrange for placement testing should contact Crissy Holmes at

Who should take the language placement test?
You should take a language placement test if:

  • You have prior knowledge in the language and you plan to study it above the 101 level. The language placement test is not needed if you are going to start a language at the 101 level.
  • You are transferring to Kapi'olani Community College from another college but have not yet had your transcripts evaluated.

What do I need to bring in order to take the language placement test?
Every person taking the language placement test must present picture ID and UH number.

If you do not have a UH number, you can get one by submitting a completed "Request for UH Number" form to KISC (Admissions & Records) in 'Ilima 102.

Where do I take the language placement test?
Please check-in at the Testing Center counter in Lama Library.

When do you offer the language placement test?
All foreign language placement tests are administered on a walk-in basis, so no appointment is necessary. Please check the main page for the most current hours.

All language placement tests must be completed in one sitting. Please allow a minimum of two (2) hours to complete the test. These tests are multiple-choice, taken on a computer, and have no time limits.

Re-Test Policy
You may re-take the language placement test once every sixty (60) days. We do not charge any re-testing fees for language placement tests.

Language Placement Test Frequently Asked Questions
Please see the Language Placement Test FAQ page for the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

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