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 through level 3. Some majors require students to study a foreign language through level 4 and beyond. Students with any prior experience with one of the 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 placement exam are strongly encouraged to speak with the faculty member responsible for language placement in that language.

Students should not enroll in language courses required for their degree, for which they have already received UNC placement credit.

Language Placement Website

See the Language Placement Website for current information on placement, offered courses, and more.

German Placement

New incoming students with previous knowledge of the language 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. Only the first score will count for placement. Follow the link below to access the online German placement exam.

Online Placement Exam for German

Placement in Other Languages

Placement in other languages taught by GSLL takes place in the form of an oral interview and/or individual test with a faculty member prior to the beginning of the semester. See the Language Placement website for more information.

Other Placement Credit

For fulfillment of the UNC Foreign Language Requirement in German, the following “outside” tests are acceptable. (Keep in mind that if you wish to continue in German, it is still important that you take the online placement test.)

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