German Placement, Credit, and Waiver Exams

The German Placement Exam

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 a level higher than First-year German, you should take the online Placement Test. 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. 

For detailed information, and to access the German Placement Test:

1.**FIRST, you must log into your gwu email account here. (Do NOT use a different gmail account. It must be the official GW account using your GW NetID and this browser.)
2. Using the same browser that is now open with your GW email account, click here and the Placement Test page should immediately open without any need to log in or request access.
ATTENTION: If you see a Google Doc "Sign in" or a "You need permission / Request access" page, repeat step 1 ! 
3. Be sure to read all the instructions on the Placement Test page before starting the test!

If you have any questions about placement, contact the Director of German Language, Prof. Margaret Gonglewski.


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.