Language Placement

Placement by exam:
The IWU German placement exam should be taken during the Fall Festival of your first year. If you miss the placement exam during Fall Festival, please contact either a German Studies faculty member or the department chair of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures to schedule one at another time.  If you have taken an AP test, please use the following guidelines for placement instead of the placement exam.  If you have any questions regarding placement, please contact a German Studies faculty member.

AP German scores:

3= placement in German 201;
4= placement in German 202;
5= placement in German 301.

Placement by Rule of Thumb:
Students with 4 or more years of German in school who have not spent more than a month living in a German speaking country generally start our program in German 201, third semester college German.

Students with 3 or more years of German in high school should enroll in 102.

Students with 2 or more years of German in high school should enroll in 101.

Transfer students: If you have taken German at another institution of higher education, you should continue on with the next course that follows the one you took at your most recent institution. If you have questions about equivalency, please contact a German Studies faculty member.

Special Cases: Students who have spent a year as an exchange student in Germany or have other considerable experience with native German speakers should consult with a German Studies faculty member before enrolling in a particular German course.

Note on Studying Abroad: If you are new to our program and interested in studying abroad, please consult a German Studies faculty member as soon as possible to come up with an academic plan that will make study abroad easier for you.  German majors are required to study abroad and recommended, but not required to study abroad in the spring. Minors and all others are encouraged. If you are majoring in Accounting in addition to studying German, you need to plan on studying abroad during your sophomore year. (Exceptions can be made if you have missed this).