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TestDaF (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache)

The TestDaF ( Test of German as a Foreign Language) is a language test which gives the certificate to foreign learners of German who wish to study in Germany or who require recognised certification of their language skills. The exam, conducted by TestDAF Institut, Germany is available and is accepted across universities in Germany


Why it is required ?

The institute has close tie ups with the DAAD – the German Academic Exchange Service and many premier institutes like the Goethe Institut which in turn enables it to conduct the examination across various centres in over 90 countries.All examination candidates receive the same tasks and the examinations are graded by trained raters.

  1. It’s objective is  people who would like to study at, or academics and scientists who want to work in, German universities. The test is run by the TestDaF-Institut.

  2. The TestDaF assesses the language skills necessary for study in Germany. The content and tasks of TestDaF  are all related to academic, scientific and study-relevant topics.

  3. The TestDaF assesses the four language skills separately (Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension,Written Production, Oral Production). The certificate shows four separate results, giving you a clear picture of your strengths and weaknesses in each skill.


How to study for TestDAF ?

  1. The TestDaF website:, You can also find information on how to improve your language skills.

  2. You can prepare by following this link  for the examination , on your own, in language courses, or with an eTandem partner.

  3. You can see some examples of the official questions here:


How to register for exam ?

The TestDaF is held six times a year at test centre throughout the globe and in Germany. To know more information about the examination dates and deadlines, visit TestDaF dates.

Here, you can choose the country, the city and the test Centre where you would like to take the test Or you can take it at  licensed test Centre in your  country or at one of over 170 Test Centres in Germany.


What is the test format and grading scale ?

TestDaF Format

Grading Scale

Grading Scale
Three levels (TDN 3 — 5 ) 50%

The grades of candidates are marked in terms of three levels, TDN 3 — 5, which correspond to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages levels B2–C1.

Note: Based on the level rating, you can see in which areas your strengths or possibly your weaknesses lie. Then you know in which areas you should improve your German. On your TestDaF certificate, which you will receive approximately 6 weeks after the exam, there are four classifications, one for each exam part. There is no overall grade. Therefore, they can not “pass” or “fail”. You can repeat the exam as many times as you like, but always prepare thoroughly.


Eligibility grade for German universities

The examination results are assigned to one of three levels and you need to reach a certain minimum level. These are the eligibility criteria for German universities.

TestDaF-Niveaustufe 3 (TDN 3) TestDaF-Niveaustufe 4 (TDN 4) TestDaF-Niveaustufe 5 (TDN 5)
Excellent command of German Level you need for university (Level C1) Not enough, ok only for studies in music or art

Certificate: Within six weeks, a certificate is issued to the candidates by the Test Centre. The certificate depicts the grades of all sections of the examination and an in-depth explanation of the achieved level.


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