Language Placement Exams


Sign-up Information & Department Contacts

From June 21 - August 24, 2022 (Exam Schedule), taking the Language Placement Exam will be a two-step process unless you can satisfy the language requirement with an AP or SAT II Test – see below.

  1. You must register on Online Placement Exams Registration

  2. Take Placement Exams from June 21, 2022 and close on August 24, 2022,

Satisfying the Language Requirement: Students who complete the online Harvard German Placement Test and would like to use their exam to fulfill the language requirement will be invited to take a Language Verification Exam (LVE). Students who do not plan to use the online placement exam to fulfill the language requirement do not need to take the LVE. Students who are eligible to take the LVE will be contacted by email and offered the opportunity to sign up for a time slot. This exam will be conducted over Zoom (a video conferencing app). Before the exam, be sure that your computer has Zoom, a front-facing camera, and a microphone.

Students who have fulfilled the language requirement with a score on an AP or SAT II test do not need to take the Harvard placement test or the LVE.

Further information

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Lisa Parkes at For general information, visit the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures website and Harvard College Winter Language Placement Exams