German Placement Exam

The German Language Placement Exam is offered periodically to those students who already speak the language in order to determine their proficiency level (A, B, or C).

German Proficiency Exam: Two hours will be given to translate one of a choice of two 300-word German texts into coherent English. The use of a dictionary/ies, either paper and/or electronic is allowed. The use of of any online translation program such Google translate is not allowed.

Upcoming Exam Dates: 


Next German Placement Exam before Spring 2019 Registration:

Friday, November 2, 3:30 – 5:00 pm in Hamilton Hall, Room 602

About the test:

No registration is necessary, but please be punctual as the test starts with a listening component.

The test is a paper/pen(cil), multiple-choice test designed to test all levels. It covers listening, vocabulary, grammar, reading, and a writing prompt.

Results will be made available as soon as possible, usually the same or the following day.


Next German Proficiency Exam:

Friday, November 2, 3:00 – 5:00 pm in Hamilton Hall, Room 703

This exam is for graduate students who need to demonstrate that they can read and translate source material in German.


For more information please contact: js2331@columbia.edu (Jutta Schmiers-Heller)