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DaF - German as a Foreign Language - Exams - TestDaF

What is TestDaF?

TestDaF (Test of German as a Foreign Language) is an international, centralized, and standardized language test for German as a foreign language within a university context. It is aimed particularly at

  • students wishing to study in Germany who need proof of German proficiency,
  • students who need to submit proof of German proficiency in their home country,
  • scholars planning their stay at a university in Germany wishing to assess their German skills,
  • all those who need proof of German proficiency for jobs in higher education

TestDaF assesses the candidate’s language skills in order to verify their ability to study at a university in Germany. The tasks revolve around the general topic of higher education.

For more detailed information about TestDaF, please check out the Institute website

When Are the Next Available Exam Dates?

The following exam dates are scheduled at the Universität Regensburg test center in 2022:

Exam Date Registration Period
TestDaF-2022/1 17.02.2022 22.11.2021-09.02.2022
TestDaF-2022/2 26.04.2022 22.11.2021-18.04.2022
TestDaF-2022/3 14.06.2022 22.11.2021-06.06.2022
TestDaF-2022/4 13.09.2022 09.08.2022-05.09.2022
TestDaF-2022/5 10.11.2022 05.10.2022-02.11.2022

How Do I Register for TestDaF?

You can register for the exam via the registration page on the TestDaF website. It is not possible to register directly at the test center in Regensburg.

A few days after the registration deadline has passed you will receive a letter of admission with important information about the exam. Please make sure you bring the signed letter of admission to the exam.

How Much Does the TestDaF Cost?

The TestDaF exam costs €195.  The fee is paid directly to the TestDaF Institute. Payment at the Universität Regensburg test center is not possible.

What Does the TestDaF Look Like?

The exam consists of four parts:
  • Reading comprehension (3 reading texts, duration: 60 minutes)
  • Listening comprehension (3 listening texts, duration: approx. 40 minutes)
  • Written production (1 writing tasks, duration: 60 minutes)
  • Oral production (7 speaking tasks, duration: approx. 35 minutes)

The exam takes 3 hours and 10 minutes without breaks. Candidates take a 30-60-minute break between the comprehension and expression tasks. There is also another 10-minute break between the reading and listening comprehension tasks.

All tasks are in some way connected to the topic of higher education. Since the TestDaF exam is available for candidates from all disciplines and programs who might not necessarily have much prior knowledge about certain subjects, the tasks and topics are fairly general and accessible.

TestDaF Score Assessment

TestDaF is a centrally assessed exam. Test scores from all four parts of the test are divided into one of three levels:

  • TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3)
  • TestDaF Level 4 (TDN4)
  • TestDaF Level 5 (TDN5)

There is no one final grade, instead, the certificate shows one TestDaF level per skill.

The highest score you can achieve is TDN5, the lowest TDN3. Results that fall below level 3 are not graded. In this case, the certificate only states “below level 3.” In the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, the TestDaF levels 3, 4, and 5 correspond to levels B2 and C1.

How Often Can I Repeat the TestDaF?

The exam can be repeated as often as needed.

Is My German Good Enough for the TestDaF?

In order to successfully pass the TestDaF exam, you should have a very good command of German. The TestDaF Institute recommends completing 700-1000 hours of German lessons before taking the exam.

You can find out if you are ready to take the TestDaF exam by taking the 10-minute “fit for the TestDaF” placement test. For a more accurate representation of your German skills, you can also take the onSET-Deutsch test.

How Can I Prepare for the TestDaF?

Even if you already have a good command of German, you should try to get to know the structure of the exam. You can find tips and recommendations on how to prepare for the exam as well as sample questions on the TestDaF website.

The Department of German as a Foreign Language currently does not offer TestDaF Preparation courses. However, “Horizonte,” a language school in Regensburg, does offer TestDaF Prep courses.

How Do I Obtain My TestDaF Certificate?

In general, our test center mails out certificates to candidates approximately 6 weeks after the date of the exam. As soon as we receive your certificate, you will get an email from our Office asking whether you would like to pick it up in person or have it sent to you by mail. If you choose to have your certificate sent to you by post, please be sure to give us your current address.

Does the TestDaF Certificate Expire?

The certificate does not expire.

Can I Get a Second Certificate?

You can get a second certificate for €20.  You can order it directly from the TestDaF Institute using the contact form. Please include your name, your current address, your candidate number, and the date of the exam.