TestDaF

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.

Global presence

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

Test centers

Further Information

COVID-19 Update: We strongly encourage only those participants who require certification for work/study/travel to register for an exam in order to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

In accordance with DC Dept. of Health guidelines, anyone traveling to Washington, DC, from any locations other than MD, VA and HI, will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result from within 72 hours before travel in order to be admitted to an exam.  If you test positive or have been in close contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, please stay home. For further information, please click here.

We require masks while inside the Goethe-Institut and strongly encourage the use of N95 or KN95 masks.


If none of the exam dates above are convenient, most of our exams may be booked as individual exams for an additional fee. Please contact us for further information.

Exam results A1-C1 are made available approximately 10 business days after the exam date. C2 Schreiben results are made available approximately four weeks after the exam date.

Preparation

Practice materials

Practice 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: