Two young language students sitting at their laptops. Photo: Goethe-Institut/Sonja Tobias

Ideal if you'd like to ...

  • study, conduct research or work in Germany,
  • take a language exam that is recognized by all universities and institutions of higher education in Germany,
  • provide evidence of your knowledge of German to research institutes and employers.

The TestDaF is an advanced-level language exam. It covers levels B2 to C1 on the six-level scale of competence laid down in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
The certificate issued upon successful completion of all four sections of the TestDaF exam at TestDaF level 4 will act as evidence of the language skills needed to gain admission to almost any subject and degree course at universities and institutions of higher education in Germany. The TestDaF language exam also provides internationally recognized evidence that your knowledge of German is sufficient to complete scientific projects and enter academic professions.
No specialist knowledge is required to take the exam.

The TestDaF exam dates are set centrally by the TestDaF Institute. The capacity for each session in our test center is 100 exam participants.
Places are allocated in the order in which registrations are received. We ask for your understanding if you do not get a place after registering in time.

Global presence

The TestDaF exam can only be taken at licenced test centres. Currently there are around 450 test centres that offer the exam. You can search for test centres in Germany and around the world below:

TestDaF Test Centres

Test-DaF Exam Dates in London

The following Test-DaF exam dates will be held at the Goethe-Institut London:

  • Thursday, 10 November 2022 (digital exam)
  • Thursday, 9 March 2023 (paper-based exam)
  • Tuesday, 11 April 2023 (digital exam)
  • Tuesday, 13 Jun 2023 (digital exam)
  • Wednesday, 11 October 2023 (paper-based exam)


Practise materials

Practise materials and recommended reading are available here.

Further information

What is tested in the TestDaF? What else do I need to know?