The placement test is a prerequisite for taking any English course at Zessko. This means that only students and, if applicable, staff, who have already taken a placement test for English / Key Competences at the University of Potsdam and whose results are in the electronic system can register for English courses. BA students who are enrolled at the University of Potsdam and can receive credits for this course will be given priority over other applicants. The maximum number of seats (currently 16 for on-campus and blended courses or 20 for online courses) will not be exceeded.
The result of the placement test is binding and has to match the score listed as a prerequisite for the course you wish to enroll in. Students who would like to repeat the placement test must present proof before they take the test again that they have in the meantime successfully completed a language course of at least 4 semester hours (60 x 45 minutes) or have studied abroad.
Applicability of the placement test
The placement test for the English department is valid for three years.
The placement test is used exclusively for the placement in the language courses at Zessko at the University of Potsdam. It is therefore not possible to use the placement test results for broader assessments of language fluency or to confirm the attainment of specific language skill levels. For this purpose, it is recommended to take the UNIcert exams offered at the Zessko.
Description of the test
The placement test is a 100-item test conducted via moodle that lasts 40 minutes. It is comprised of various written test units, including vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, and cloze tests. Because it is a diagnostic test to ascertain your current language competence, it is neither necessary nor useful to prepare for this test.
In order to familarize themselves with the question format as well as the content and the level of the test, students are advised to take a sample test prior to taking the placement test, which has been designed as a practice test, on the placement test moodle when the link is available.
It is recommended that students take the placement test in their first or second semester so that they can use their results to plan which courses [UNIcert II/1, UNIcert II/2, UNIcert III/1, UNIcert III/2 or, alternatively, with a placement test result of 90+ points, UNIcert IV/1 and IV/2] they would like to take, meaning how many semesters students will need at the least to complete their degree programs.