It’s not a “test” that you get a grade for. It’s a tool for ensuring your language study continues on the right level. The best thing is: you don’t have to study for it!

General Placement Policies

UNC requires that all undergraduates successfully study a foreign language up to level 203. Some majors require students to study a foreign language up to level 204 and beyond. Students with any prior experience with one of the eight languages offered by GSLL must be placed into the correct level of instruction before continuing their course of study of that language.

Students who enroll in a language course lower than the placement result shall not receive credit toward degree for that course. Students concerned with the result of their German placement exam are strongly encouraged to speak with the either the director of the German language program, Dr. Christina Wegel.

GSLL majors and minors should not enroll in language courses required for their degree for which they have already received placement credit. How best to substitute received placement credit with course credit should be addressed directly to the current GSLL director of undergraduate studies, Dr. Ewa Wampuszyc.

German Placement

New incoming students should take the online German placement exam prior to enrolling in a German-language course. This online test operates according to an adaptive algorithm programmed to access a students’ level of language proficiency. It may not be taken more than once per semester, for a maximum of 2 times per academic year. For any given semester, only the FIRST score will count for placement. Follow the link below to access the online German placement exam.

Online Placement Exam for German

Slavic and Uralic Placement

Placement in Russian takes place in the form of an oral interview with a faculty member prior to the beginning of the semester. Use the following link to schedule an interview. Students with prior experience with another Slavic or Uralic language should also use the following link.

Schedule a Placement Interview

Placement Credit

Incoming students who receive a 3 or better on the Advanced Placement German exam shall receive 6 placement credit hours (the equivalent of GERM 203 & 204) and should be placed into GERM 301.

Those students who receive a 5 on the International Baccalaureate’s German B HL exam also receive 6 placement credit hours (the equivalent of GERM 203 & 204) and should enroll in GERM 301. New students who receive a 5 or better on the IB German A1 HL exam receive 9 placement credit hours (the equivalent of GERM 203, 204, and 301). And students who receive a 5 or more on the IB German A2 HL exam also receive 9 placement credit hours (the equivalent of GERM 203, 204, 301). Students who receive 9 placement credit hours on an IB exam should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies to discuss

Students who receive a 450 or below on the SAT II (with or without the listening portion) shall be placed into GERM 101. A SAT II score of 460-500 will result in placement into GERM 102. A student with a score of 510-550 should enroll in GERM 203. For scores below 559, no placement credit is awarded. Those with a score of 560-640 will receive placement credit for GERM 203 and should enroll in GERM 204. A student who scores 650 or higher shall receive placement credit for GERM 203 and 204 and should enroll in GERM 301.

Placement Credit Policies for German