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German Placement Test Requirements and
German Language Proficiency

german studies department

For information please contact Martha Kraft, Administrative Assistant, German Studies, Lyons Hall - E-mail or 617-552-3740. 

For questions during the summer (June‚ÄďAugust) please contact Professor Michael Resler, German Studies, Lyons Hall 201C - E-mail or 617-552-3744.

  • If you scored four or five on the German Language AP exam or over 600 on the SAT subject test, consult with Professor Daniel Bowles.
  • If you scored three or less on the German Language AP exam or less than 600 on the SAT subject test, or if you have not taken either exam, you must take the German Placement Test.
  • You must take the German Placement test prior to the beginning of the Fall semester.
  • If you place into Intermediate I, you should register for GERM 1050. Please write down your score if you would like to discuss your placement with an adviser.
  • If you have never studied German, take GERM 1001: Elementary German I.
  • If you have never studied German but learned it from family members (heritage speakers), you must take the German Placement Test. Sign up for the course suggested upon finishing the exam.
  • Please note: The Department of German Studies welcomes native speakers of German into our English-language courses on German literature and culture, but restricts their enrollment in higher-level literature and culture courses conducted in German. In such cases, the express permission of the instructor is required for enrollment. Students with this level of German-language ability may not enroll in German language classes designed for students still learning the language.