Who Should Take the Test:
Dartmouth's Department of German Studies welcomes incoming students of all levels of proficiency.
Students who have not yet studied German should not take the German placement test, but simply register for German 1.
Students who have studied German but who have not taken the CEEB AP German exam, or who scored lower than 4 on it, should take the German placement test and register for the course that corresponds to their score on the test.
Students who have scored 4 on the CEEB AP German exam are exempt from German 3, the course that satisfies Dartmouth's foreign language requirement in German. To ensure an appropriate placement in higher courses, such students should nonetheless take the German placement test and discuss their score with the chair of the Department of German Studies.
Students who have scored 5 on the CEEB AP German exam are exempt from German 3, the course that satisfies Dartmouth's foreign language requirement in German, and receive credit for German 10.00. Such students should nonetheless take the German placement test and discuss their score on the test with the chair of the Department of German Studies.
When and Where the Test Takes Place:
The test is offered online for incoming first-year Dartmouth students from August 1 – September 10. Only such students should take it, and they should take it only once. It lasts about twenty to forty minutes. (The password, starting August 1 at 9 a.m. EDT, is: "saludos"; that could be subject to change, so check this page again before signing up).
What the Test Evaluates:
The test consists of a series of multiple-choice questions involving issues of grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.
How to Take the Test:
Results and Placement:
The score you receive on the test corresponds to one of the introductory, intermediate, or advanced language courses offered by the Department of German Studies:
below 300 — Students should begin with German 1 (= 1st semester level)
300-399 — Students should begin with German 2 (= 2nd semester level)
400-499 — Students should begin with German 3 (= 3rd semester level)
600 and above — Students are exempt from German 3, and thus from Dartmouth's Language Requirement, and receive credit for German 10.00; they should begin with German 10.01, 10.02, or 10.03 (= 4th semester level)
Students should register for the course indicated by their score. Students will be also able to access their placement information on BannerStudent prior to the registration period. Questions regarding placement should be addressed to Professor Ellis Shookman at Ellis.Shookman@Dartmouth.edu.
The Dartmouth College Academic Honor Principle:
The German placement exam is to be completed in accordance with the provisions set forth in the Dartmouth College Academic Honor Principle. Every student who applies to and is accepted by Dartmouth College has agreed to abide by the provisions of the Honor Principle as long as he or she remains a student at the College. Please note the following provision of the Honor Principle: Any student giving or receiving assistance during an examination or quiz violates the Academic Honor Principle. Students are therefore expected to take the German placement exam on their own, without help from others or from a reference source, and to do so to the best of their ability.
Last Updated: 7/8/14