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German Written Placement Test

Introduction

Please read the following instructions carefully.

This exam is for placement purposes, used to identify the course that is most appropriate to your level of German. We want to help you make wise use of your time at Stanford. You shouldn't take a course which is below or above your level of proficiency-- this leads to frustration, ineffective learning and language acquisition, and to the complications of switching or dropping courses.

While taking this test, remember that you are subject to the Stanford Honor Code. Use of ancillary resources such as books, notes, dictionaries, translation tools, or other online or print materials, is not allowed. It is very important that you do your best on this exam AND that you do not receive any help with it. In order to make good judgments about YOUR language placement in Stanford programs, we need good information about YOUR level and knowledge of German.

Your placement results will be known to you and to members of the Language Center who direct placement testing. They will not be reported to all members of the department, to the Registrar, or recorded on your transcript.

Remember this test is for placement purposes, and is not an achievement test. It is not graded in the traditional sense, but used to match you to an appropriate level of German where you can be an effective learner.