Placement Exams

All first-year, transfer, and returning students who have studied German prior to entering Columbia or Barnard must take the placement exam before enrolling in German courses. The German placement exam takes about 1.5 hours and consists of listening, structures in context, reading comprehension, and a short writing sample. No dictionaries permitted. Questions about the exam should be directed to Professor Irene Motyl at

Policy on No Exemption from General Education Requirements through Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate Credits  
Students entering Barnard in Fall 2016 and thereafter will receive points of credit for Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, but these credits will not exempy students from General Education Requirements. Further information may be found on the Registrar's website: