German Language Placement Exam

All students who are new to German at Penn with prior learning experiences of German in school, another college, or otherwise have to complete the Placement Exam if they have not been exempted from the Penn language requirement with an SAT II, AP, or IB Higher Level score.

Please read these instructions carefully:

  • To select an appropriate level course for Fall 2023, take the Online Diagnostic ExamYou may register for a course level indicated by the exam.
  • To confirm your placement, you MUST take the in-person German Placement Exam offered during New Student Orientation Thursday, August 24, 7AM-9AM, Meyerson Hall B4. The in-person exam is also mandatory for all students wishing to place out of the German language sequence (GRMN 0100-0400). Please pre-register for the in-person German Placement Exam here.

If you have any questions or want to review the results of the Online Diagnostic Exam, please contact the Language Program Director, Claudia Baska Lynn, at