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What is onDaF?

The onDaF is a standardized online placement test for learners of German as a foreign language who would like to assess their German language knowledge.

The onDaF can provide learners with rapid and precise feedback about their general language skills. This feedback can support learners in preparing for the TestDaF or the DSH.

Specific information about the onDaF is available on the onDaF Homepage. For information about the relation between the onDaf and the TestDaF, see the TestDaF's internet site.


When can I take the onDaF?

The following test dates are offered at the test center at the University of Regensburg:

Test date: Registration deadline:
28.11.2016, 14:00 27.11.2016, 12:00
05.12.2016, 14:00 04.12.2016, 12:00
12.12.2016, 14:00 11.12.2016, 12:00
09.01.2017, 14:00 08.01.2017, 12:00
12.01.2017, 16:00 11.01.2017, 12:00
13.01.2017, 09:00 12.01.2017, 12:00
16.01.2017, 14:00 15.01.2017, 12:00
23.01.2017, 14:00 22.01.2017, 12:00
30.01.2017, 14:00 29.01.2017, 12:00
06.02.2017, 14:00 05.02.2017, 12:00
13.02.2017, 14:00 12.02.2017, 12:00
20.02.2017, 14:00 19.02.2017, 12:00
27.02.2017, 14:00 26.02.2017, 12:00
06.03.2017, 14:00 05.03.2017, 12:00
13.03.2017, 14:00 12.03.2017, 12:00
20.03.2017, 14.00 19.03.2017, 12:00
27.03.2017, 14:00 26.03.2017, 12:00

If you require a test date other than those listed, please contact our staff at the test center.


How do I register for the onDaF?

You can register for the onDaF online using our registration form (Anmeldeformular). After registration, you will receive an email conformation containing important information about the test.

How much does the onDaF cost?

If you register online using our registration form The onDaF placement test usually costs 15 Euro. If you are taking the test as an exchange student or a visiting student at the University of Regensburg or at the OTH Regensburg on a regularly scheduled test date for this target group in order to determine your level for participation in the Complementary German Courses offered by the Department of German as a Foreign Language, this fee will be waived one time within one semester. For this scheduled test dates a registration using our registration form is not necessary. The 15 Euro fee will be charged if you are repeating the test within one semester or are taking the test on a date other than the regularly scheduled test dates.


What does the onDaF look like?

The onDaF is based on the C-test principle. C-tests are written integrative language tests to measure general language knowledge. The test cannot be passed or failed, it is simply an assessment of your current level.
The onDaF consists of 8 fill-in-the-blank texts with different themes and difficulty levels. You have a maximum of 5 minutes times to complete each gap text. Altogether, the test takes a maximum of 40 minutes.

How many times can I take the onDaF?

You may take the onDaF test as many times as you wish. For each onDaF test you will need a new registration.


How can I prepare for the onDaF?

The onDaF is a C-test, which is a specific type of gap-filling test to globally assess your current language level. The goal of the onDaF is to test your current German language skills. Therefore, a preparation course for the onDaF is not necessary. You can, however, familiarize yourself with the onDaF test format. You'll find a sample test on the onDaF website.


How do I receive my onDaF certificate?

You will receive the certificate with your test results and placement level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages immediately after the test.

Can the onDaF be a substitute for the DSH or the TestDaF?

The onDaF certificate cannot replace the DSH or the TestDaF or any other language level certification for admission to a German university. The onDaF is not a language test for entering a university in Germany. Rather, it provides a rapid and global assessment of your general language skills. The onDaF placement level helps you find a language course that best fits your proficiency level.

  1. Universität Regensburg
Testzentrum der UR

E-Mail: test.daf@ur.de


+49 941 943-2424


+49  941 943-2410