TestDaF

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.
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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.
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As the official TestDaF examination centre in Hong Kong, the Goethe-Institut Hongkong offers the digital TestDaF in 2022 on the following dates:

17 February 2022 (Enrolment period: 22.11.21-09.02.22)
26 April 2022 (Enrolment period: 22.11.21-18.04.22)
14 June 2022 (Enrolment period: 22.11.21-06.06.22)
13 September 2022 (Enrolment period: 09.08.22-05.09.22)
10 November 2022 (Enrolment period: 05.10.22-02.11.22)

The paper-based TestDaF is not available at Goethe-Institut Hongkong.
 
To register online for the TestDaF, please go to the TestDaF Institute website. It is not possible to enrol in the TestDaF exam at the reception of the Goethe-Institut Hongkong. 

According to official regulations, kindly be prepared to present your vaccination record before the examination.

TESTDAF PREPARATION COURSE

The TestDaF is an advanced-level language exam provided by the TestDaF Institute. The TestDaF certificate acts 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. Our TestDaF preparation course will help you determine the steps you need to take in order to achieve the best possible results in the exam. You will gain an insight into the objectives and contents of the TestDaF examination including vocabulary and structures for relevant topics as well as the four tested language skills. As the Goethe-Institut conducts the Digital TestDaF, our trainer will prepare you for the technical side of the exam format using a laptop instead of paper. 

Click here for more information about the TestDaF preparation course.

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

Preparation

Practise materials

Practise materials and recommended reading are available here.

Further Information

The requirements, contents of the exam and further information on the TestDaF exam are available here: