German Placement, Credit, and Waiver Exams

The GW German Placement Test

Willkommen to German at GW! If you’re new to German, you can simply enroll in any section of First-year German I (GER 1001). If you wish to enroll in any course above First-year German, you should take the Placement Test to gauge what course fits your level best. This includes heritage speakers - those who speak the language at home but have no formal training - as well as those who have studied “just a little,” “a long time ago,” or just “didn’t learn enough” in a course taken elsewhere.  

To access the German Placement Test:

Before clicking on the link below, note the following:

  • For “Email” use your entire official GW email address.
  • For “Student ID” put your GWid number, starting with the “G”.
  • Once you create your account and login, there will be a short “Pre-test survey.”
  • There is no time limit and no need to rush! The test usually takes about 15-20 minutes.
  • Click here for the German Placement test!

If you are not a GW student, do not have a GWid, or have any problems or questions, please contact Prof. Gonglewski, Director of the German Language Program.

Concerned about your placement result? On the first day of class, there will be a short diagnostic to verify your placement and make sure you’re comfortable with the level. After you have attended class, if you feel that your placement is incorrect, please contact Prof. Gonglewski, Director of the German Language Program. 

If you have trouble with the placement test (technological or otherwise) but need to register for classes ASAP, you may estimate the course you believe will best suit your level and contact Prof. Gonglewski for follow-up.

 

College Credit Exams

There are a variety of exams available for high school students to gain college credit before they enroll. Currently, GW accepts the Advanced Placement (AP) exam and the International Baccalaureate (IB) exam.

Advanced Placement Exam:
The College Board offers an Advanced Placement exam in German Language. Credit for AP exams is subject to change. Please see the GW Admissions website for the latest information.
International Baccalaureate Exam:
The International Baccalaureate Organization offers German exams at two levels (A1 and B). Credit for IB exams is subject to change. Please see the GW Admissions website for the latest information.

At this time, GW does not accept credit for the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) or SAT II exams.


Waiver Exams

A waiver exam is offered to students in the Elliott School of International Affairs for students who wish to test out of their 3rd-year language proficiency requirement.

You must register in advance to take the waiver exam by e-mailing the Elliott School

The waiver exam is used specifically for Elliott School undergraduates trying to waive their proficiency requirements. Please also note that this exam merely waives the requirement. Students will not receive credit hours for passing the waiver exam.