Challenge Exams

University Placement Exam (for lower-division placement)

This exam is for all new students and transfer students with previous German experience (but not extensive immersion experience) who want to take German at BYU. To take the exam, click this link, select “Brigham Young University (byu)”, and enter the password “cougars1”.

Please note:

If you score very high on this exam (i.e., well into the German 202+ range) and think that you perhaps should go directly into 300-level courses, contact the German section head ( You may need to take a further exam in order for us to properly place you.

Returned LDS missionaries from German-speaking missions should NOT take the University Placement Exam, but instead sign up directly for German 330 (German Cultural History), in which they will take the German Challenge Exam.

Native speakers should consult individually with the German section head before taking any courses or exams.

Students without any German experience may naturally skip the University Placement Exam and sign up for German 101.

The German Challenge Exam (for upper-division placement and exam credits)

Students with very extensive German experience (such as a German-speaking LDS mission, attendance at German schools, or German spoken in the home) may receive credit for German 101, 102, 201, and in most cases 311R by taking the German Challenge Exam. With rare exceptions, a student must be enrolled in German 330 (Deutsche Kulturgeschichte) in order to take this exam, and the credits are contingent on a successful completion of the course. The German 330 instructor will help students sign up for the exam.

Students starting their German coursework directly in German 330 should not take any part of the German 301-303 sequence (required for any German degree) before they take the Challenge Exam. The exam will place you in the appropriate course in the German 301-303 sequence.

Further general information about BYU Challenge Exams can be found here. Any questions about the German Placement Exam can be directed to the German section head (