How to Register for a German Class

Students who have taken German before college and plan to continue at Hopkins must take the departmental placement exam before registering for a German class. Incoming freshmen with prior German are advised to take the placement exam now and receive advice on their options for continuing German while at Hopkins. This exam is available online year-round; for the most accurate placement recommendation, take it just before the semester you actually plan to study the language. This multiple-choice exam is delivered through Blackboard. It covers grammar, vocabulary, listening comprehension and reading skills.

Note: All students who wish to take German at Hopkins must take this placement exam!

To obtain placement advice and to register for a German class:

  1. Print these instructions so that you can refer to them later.
  2. Follow the link below and take the departmental placement test online. YOU MAY ONLY TAKE THE EXAM ONCE.
  3. After taking the exam, send an email to Professor Deborah Mifflin (, Language Program Director for German, informing her that you have taken the test and asking for permission to sign up for the class that matches your background (see below).
  4. When she receives your email, Professor Mifflin will review your exam, respond to you, and notify the Registrar’s Office to update your SIS record and permit you to register for a German class at the approved level as soon as registration opens for your cohort.

Questions regarding the exam or your score should be sent to Professor Deborah Mifflin (

Typical enrollment based on previous exposure:

  • Zero exposure: No placement test needed; sign up for German Elements I 210.161
  • Up to 1 year of German in High School or equivalent:  take the placement exam; sign up for German Elements I 210.161
  • 2 years of German in High School or equivalent:  take the placement exam; sign up for German Elements II 210.162 (Spring only).  After consultation with the German Language Program Director, you may be approved to enroll in German Elements I to repeat the German Elements sequence or to jump ahead into Intermediiate German.
  • 3 to 4 years of German in High School or equivalent:  take the placement exam; sign up for Intermediate German I 210.261
  • 4 to 6 years of German in school or score of 4 or 5 in Advanced Placement:  take the placement exam; sign up for Advanced German 1 210.361

German Placement Test Ethics Statement

Johns Hopkins University believes strongly that every member of its community should hold the highest standard of integrity for their work and avoid academic dishonesty. As an incoming freshman, you are expected to behave in an ethical manner as you begin your Hopkins career while taking the online French, German, or Spanish placement exam.

You must take this test without receiving assistance from anyone else and without the help of any document (no notes, no book, no dictionary). You are allowed to take this test ONLY ONCE. Reproduction of the material on this test is a violation of ethical standards. Therefore, you should not discuss the questions on these tests with others nor may you provide others with the questions on these tests.

By accepting the following statements, you may begin the online placement exam:

  1. I will do my own work on this test. I will not receive assistance from another person nor from books or other documents.
  2. I will not discuss this test with others or reproduce test questions in any format.
  3. I will take this test online only once.

To access the online placement exam

  • Go to and login. If you are a JHU student, use the ‘JHU Enterprise Authentication’ link (left side) and login with your JHED ID and password. If you are not a JHU student, use the ‘Non-JHED login’ link (right side) to login with a guest account. Note: Please contact the Language Program Director ( if you need a guest account.
  • Once inside Blackboard, click the following link to be added to the German Language Placement Exam site:
  • Once the enrollment screen pops up, hit the Submit button and then press OK
  • Return to Blackboard and locate the My Organizations module on the My Institution page. (You may have to refresh the page.) Click the link for the German Language Placement Exam.
  • Contact Professor Mifflin ( with your score and if you have any problems or questions.