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:


German Language Placement Exams - Spring 2019
Friday, January 18th
Barnard College - 328 Milbank Hall

Students do not need to register. The test starts 10:00am sharp. Test results will be ready that same afternoon and distributed individually via email. If a student would like to discuss test results in person and/or get personal advice about the course of their specific language study and program offerings, Professor Motyl will be available from 1:00-2:00pm in 320C Milbank that afternoon.


Please contact the CU Germanic department 212-854-3203 for Columbia placement exam assignments.