The aim of the placement tests is to ascertain your linguistic competence in the relevant language to ensure you will join the course at a level that corresponds to your existing language skills.
If you have existing knowledge of the language and have not previously studied this language at the University of Passau, you are required to take a placement test, the results of which are binding. Please make sure you bring the test results along to the first language class.
You do not need to take a placement test if you have no prior knowledge of the language: please register for 'Grundstufe 1.1' (i.e. Basic level 1.1), the beginner's level.
Nor do you need to sit the placement test if you have previously studied this language at the University of Passau and are moving on to the next level: simply sign up for the next higher level, even if you have not yet received your examination results from the previous semester.
For English language courses, the placement tests are divided into the following three subject areas:
- Cultural studies
- Business and economics
Students enrolled in a degree programme administered by the Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics or in a Teacher Education Programme should take the English for Cultural Studies test.