Placement Test

The course levels from A1 to C2 are based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
Students with previous experience with the language, please check your language level using either our placement test, or choose a course either one level up from your most recently completed course in this language, provided the course was at the TUM or based on a certificate issued according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

The placement test is available in the following languages:

  • Chinese
  • German as a Foreign Language
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Swedish
  • Spanish

The placement tests for these languages can be found in Moodle. Log in with your TUMonline account:

  • Username: your MyTUM Email address (e.g.
  • Password: your TUMonline password

Take placement test in summer semester

(All intensive courses in autumn and the German intensive courses in September belong to the summer semester.)

What can I do if I didn’t reach the minimum score on the placement test required for the course I would like to attend?

 If your score is within five points of the suggested range, you can still take the course, but you should expect to put in extra effort to pass the course. You should talk this over with the teacher of your course.

Why do I have to repeat the test even if I have taken it in a previous semester?

We ask you to take the test each semester in order to help us monitor overall student language ability over time and to provide the required number of courses to meet actual demand. In addition, it will help us to make any necessary adjustments to the test and the scale used to place students in courses.

What happens if I seek outside assistance when doing the placement test?

You are only hurting yourself by tampering with the test results by repeating it, getting help from other people, using outside sources when you do the test, or signing up for a course at an inappropriate level. You will find yourself in a course which is either too hard or too easy and will waste your own and your teacher’s time, as well as that of your classmates. The test is meant to be a help, not a hindrance.

What can I do if I think my test result doesn’t accurately reflect my language level?

Go ahead and sign up for the course of your choice, but talk to the instructor on the first day of classes.