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 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:
Test centres in Germany
Test centres around the world
The TestDaF is a language exam that determines whether candidates possess the language skills required to be authorized to study at a German university or institution of higher education. It is mainly intended for students and those interested in studying but also provides internationally recognized evidence that your knowledge of German is sufficient to complete scientific projects and enter academic professions.
- The TestDaF classifies participants’ language skills at the fourth/fifth level of competence (i.e. B2 and C1) laid down in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). In order to take the exam, your knowledge of German should be at least equivalent to competence level B2.
- Before registering for the exam, candidates should have already completed between 700 and 1,000 45-minute units of teaching in German. It is not necessary to provide evidence of your knowledge of German when registering for the exam.
You can register to take the TestDaF exam once you have a sufficient knowledge of German. Before taking the TestDaF exam, we recommend that you make yourself familiar with its contents. The best way of doing this is to attend the preparatory courses run by the Goethe-Institut or other test centers or to participate in the online preparatory course run by the Goethe-Institut. These courses enable you to become acquainted with the format of the exam and how it works.
You can take the TestDaF exam around the world on six fixed dates each year. Please visit www.testdaf.de to register. Special dates apply in the People's Republic of China, where registration takes place at the National Education Examination Authority.
Candidates with disabilities should inform their chosen test center of their specific needs at an early stage and present an up-to-date medical certificate so that the way in which the exam is administered can be adapted accordingly.