Orientation 2017

German Placement Exam

Why should I take this test?

Take this test if you plan to take German at any time while you are at Reed. This will help guide your decision-making as you register for classes during Orientation.

Taking it now will free up some of your time during the busy Orientation schedule and allow you to take it in a comfortable environment and at the time of day when you do your best thinking.

Do not take this test to place out of departmental language requirements. If you are using the test for this purpose, please take the exam during Orientation.

Test information

This test will not be available online after August 10. If you want to take it after that date, you will need to take it during the time scheduled at Orientation.

The test lasts one hour and will end at that point.

This test is designed such that blind guessing will be detrimental to your score. If you don’t know an answer, skip the question.

Test results

This test focuses on reading comprehension and grammar. If you have doubts about your speaking ability, make arrangements to meet with a member of the German department faculty during Orientation. Contact Katja Garloff.

You will receive your test results over the summer so that you can use this information as you plan your fall course schedule. The registrar's office will notify you, and your adviser, of your language placement examination results at the beginning of Orientation week, via your Reed email address.  If you wish to learn the results of your language placement examination before Orientation week please contact the registrar's office by email at registrar@reed.edu or by telephone at 503/777-7793.

If you would like to take an easier or a more difficult course than indicated by the results, you are welcome to discuss this with German faculty at the beginning of the year. Contact Katja Garloff during Orientation.

ADA information

Those seeking ADA accommodation for the placement tests should contact Theresa Lowrie. Accommodations will not be available over the summer but can be arranged for the testing sessions during Orientation.

The Honor Principle

You are a member of the Reed community and, as such, are bound to operate under the Honor Principle. One of the benefits to living with the Honor Principle is the trust that faculty place in students. This means that you agree to take this test without aids, prompts, or proctors. Do not consult textbooks or other resources while taking this test. You can find more information about the Honor Principle here.

Although we trust that honor will guide your choices, we also hope you’ll realize that it is not in your best interest to cheat on a placement test, since doing so might put you in a class that doesn’t match your skill level. The goal of the exam is to identify the course that will be most appropriate for you.

Taking the test

To access the exam, click on the provided link and sign in with your Reed username and password. You will be asked if you want to "enroll in the course"; click Yes. When you're ready to begin the exam, click "Attempt quiz now."

Be sure to save your work periodically by using the "save without submitting" button found at the end of the page.

When you are done with the exam, click "Submit all and finish."

If you are interrupted during the exam (power failure, illness, etc.), please email its@reed.edu to let us know what happened.


Technical questions about the test can be sent to its@reed.edu.

Other questions about the German department should be sent to Katja Garloff.

Ready to go? Click here to access the test. You will have an hour to complete it once you begin.

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