Placement Exam

Placement is an assessment of a student's level of preparation within a given language. The purpose of the placement test is to help students enroll in a language course in which they have the appropriate skills and are most likely to improve their knowledge of a language. Please note that the placement test does NOT grant credit or grades and cannot be used to replace failing grades in any previously completed course. The placement test simply determines one's proficiency level.

In order to enroll in a German language course, students who do NOT meet the exemption criteria below must take the placement test.

Who should take the placement test?

You should take the test if any of the following applies:

  • You know some German (e.g. you studied German previously, or German was spoken in your family, or you can read and write some German) and wish to take a UK German course OR want to be placed out of the language requirement at UK.
  • You participated in a German Language Study Abroad Program with the UK Education Abroad Office.
  • You participated a study abroad program with institutions other than the UK Education Abroad Office. You must take the test if you wish to take a UK German course when you return.
  •     You are a heritage speaker of German, attended K-12 in the United States, and would like to place out of the foreign language requirement of a given college at the University of Kentucky.

Who should NOT take the placement test?

Do not take the test if any of the following applies:

  • You do not know any German and wish to take an elementary German course (i.e., GER 101).


  • You have a high school or college diploma from a country where German is the official language, you are coded as International Student by Office of the Registrar, and you do not want to enroll in a UK German language course.

Native speakers are ineligible to enroll in UK German language courses at the 100-200 level or in German conversation courses. If you are not coded as International Student by the Registrar's Office and believe you should be, please contact the Registrar at 859-257-3161.

What if I want academic credit for my German knowledge?

You do not need to take the placement test. You should take special department exams for credit. Please note that elementary and intermediate German credit (GER101-202) is not available on the basis of a special examination. Credit is only provided for GER 301, GER 302, GER 401, and GER 402 ( Native speakers of German may not take the special examination for German language credit.

Do I need to sign up in order to take the test?

Please contact the MCLLC department office for German placement exams at 859-257-3761. Exams must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance and will be given from 8:30am-11am, 1-3:30pm, set up in 1.5 hour increments. Upon arrival for the exam at room 1055 Patterson Office Tower, students must have their student ID card or a valid photo ID before the exam will be administered. Students will need to fill out a form to provide their name, student ID number, college, and their year of study (freshman, sophomore, etc.). The student will be given a unique username and password to login to take the exam. Upon completion of the exam, students will speak with Department Manager Katie Holzhause (or Liliana Drucker if Katie is not available) who will look up their score, provide the necessary overrides for registration, and submit the score into SAP by the following business day.

Is there a fee for the test?

No fee is required if you are a UK student.

How should I prepare for the test?

The best way to prepare is to review what you have been taught.

When will the test results be available?

Scores are available in MyUK on the student’s unofficial transcript the following business day after taking the placement test.

You are subject to the university honor code when taking this test. It is important that you DO YOUR BEST on this exam. If it becomes evident later that you have intentionally done poorly on the test in order to place at a level lower than your actual level, you may face disciplinary actions for violating the Integrity Pledge.

I have taken the placement test before. How long is the test result valid?

The test result is valid only for one semester. If you do not enroll in the German class the semester you take the placement test, you must take the placement test again if you decide to enroll in a future German language class.