Language Placement

The German Placement Test is designed to gauge your language skills and to place you into the appropriate level of German classes so that you can learn without being lost in a crowd of people who have had more practice with the language.

Our placement test is a multiple-choice online exam that takes about one hour. In order to receive an accurate placement recommendation from us, we advise you to take it just before the semester in which you plan to register for a German language course.* During the school year, you may also choose to meet with the Undergraduate Director to evaluate your level of German.

Please note: The placement exam does not give you credit for classes you place out of. It only places you in the appropriate class for your skill level. By contrast, students who earn a 4 or 5 on the German AP test receive credit for both 470:131 and 470:132.

*For students requiring special accommodations, please contact Vidhi Waran, Senior Program Administrator of Testing and Placement, at

How can I take the test?

The Placement Test is free and delivered through a Sakai site. In order to complete the test, please follow the instructions pdf here (91 KB) .

How will I receive my results?

Incoming first-year students. After we receive your score, we will contact you via your Rutgers email account to inform you of your placement level in German at Rutgers.

Current Rutgers students. Your results will be recorded in Degree Navigator.

If you do not receive your results, there is a chance we have incorrect contact information for you. Please call our main office at (848) 932-7781 or email our Program Coordinator Elizabeth deWolfe at if you do not hear from us.

If you have any questions about your placement test result, please contact the Undergraduate Director, Professor Nicholas Rennie at