Elliott School German Diagnostic Exam Language Center

Welcome to the Elliott School German Diagnostic Exam homepage at The George Washington University. The pair of diagnostic tests below gauge your general vocabulary/grammar/functional knowledge and reading skills to help you determine whether additional language study is needed prior to taking the German Language Proficiency exam.

Step 1
Create a free Quia account. To do this, go to the Quia Web site. Click the link labeled "Create my free account." Fill out the form that appears. Select "Student" as the account type. Record or memorize your username and password. When you are done, press the "Create my account" button. You should now be in your account information page. Type in the class code TJPND839 at the bottom of the page and press the "Add class" button. Now you're done! Come back to this page and read the instructions below.

Step 2
Read the following instructions carefully.

• You will be given 90 minutes to complete the first test and 45 minutes to complete the second. You may take a break between the two if you like.

• You will need to use Firefox or IE to take the first test, which contains audio files.

• DO NOT receive assistance from anyone else to answer any of the exam questions. This exam must be a reflection of your own knowledge of the German language.

• DO NOT consult any materials, including dictionaries and textbooks, or make use of any other pedagogical aids while taking this exam.

Step 3
Now take the two tests below. When you are done, print out the scores. If you cannot print out the scores at this point, do not worry. With your username and password, you can always go back to your account page and print out the scores.

Step 4
Consult the information below to find out if you need additional language instruction/practice. Remember, these are ballpark estimates. See Professor Margaret Gonglewski (margaret@gwu.edu) for a detailed assessment.

Grammar, Vocabulary, and Functional Knowledge

If you get a perfect or near perfect score, your German proficiency may be higher than Intermediate High.
85-90% - Intermediate High. Maintain your German where it is.
70-85% - Intermediate Mid. Third-year German (Ger 2009)
40-69% - Novice High. Second-year German (Ger 1003)
Under 40% - No usable proficiency. First year German (Ger 1001 or 1005)

Reading Proficiency

91-100% - Advanced Low and above
76-90% - Intermediate High to Advanced Low
51-75% - Intermediate Mid to High
25-50% - Intermediate Low to Mid
Under 25% - No usable proficiency

• Check ESIA's Proficiency Levels to see what level is required to satisfy your requirement.
My Quia activities and quizzes
ESIA German Diagnostic Exam Part 1
Use Firefox or IE to take this test.
ESIA German Diagnostic Exam Part 2 - Reading
Last updated  2021/08/03 15:13:11 EDT