DAAD Tests


Students who are currently not enrolled at one of Potsdam's universities cannot be admitted to the test.

Schedule of Fees (in German)

The DAAD tests are intended exclusively for students at institutions of higher education at Potsdam who are applying to participate in a student exchange program or for an internship. The DAAD test ‘diagnoses’ existing competences in listening and reading comprehension, as well as writing and speaking skills, and certifies language skills for applications to participate in a student exchange program or for funding from other scholarship programs. This is why this test cannot be used for admission to master’s degree program and does not replace the placement test that is mandatory for participation in English courses.

Registrations by students from other universities or by participants who are currently not enrolled at a university cannot be admitted to the DAAD test at the University of Potsdam.

Registration is done online via the University of Potsdam Moodle. There is more information on the registration confirmation about your duty to inform us of cancellations or withdrawals. Students who do not de-register for the test at least five working days before the exam, or who do not show up punctually in the testing room for the beginning of the exam, will be blocked from participating in the tests for one year. In the event of an excusable absence (court date, sudden illness), you must inform the test proctor IMMEDIATELY and provide an official document; do not do this after you have already missed the test. We ask for your understanding in this matter. This is necessary because, in the past, last-minute cancellations, failure to appear, and tardiness have again and again impacted the availability of seats in the examination.

You will receive your DAAD language certificate immediately after your test.

Test Dates / Test Registration

The DAAD tests at Zessko’s English / Key Competences Department are generally held in two-week intervals during the lecture periods at the Griebnitzsee campus. As soon as dates are scheduled, they are posted in the Moodle course Anmeldung für DAAD-Tests, Englisch where you can register up to four weeks in advance - as long as there are free slots for the scheduled test date/s. 

When you have successfully registered for a data in the Moodle course, you will receive an e-mail with a confirmation of your registration as well as a request for payment via bank transfer.

Please provide evidence of your bank transfer and bring along the completed form (next paragraph!) at the test.

How to Prepare for the Test

Please print the "Language certificate for German applicants", fill out the first page and the top portion of the following pages, and bring it with you to the test.

Special preparation is not necessary for the DAAD test because it is diagnostic in nature. We can recommend, however, that you spend some more time in the language by reading, listening to the radio or watching film or television, especially if you haven’t “moved” in the language for a long time.

Test Content and Procedure

Reading Comprehension: Original reading texts, about 600 words; reading comprehension tasks focused on text and vocabulary comprehension; 20 minutes total.
Writing: Write a short text of about 120 words on scholarly, general, or exchange-related topics in 30 minutes.
Listening Comprehension: Included in the Speaking/Oral Skills section
Speaking/Oral Skills: Individual discussion on general, academic and professional topics; duration: 10 minutes.

- Introduction and General Topics:  Language learning, Travelling, Everyday life at university- Academic: University subjects, Courses and course contents, Specialisations, Terminology- Professional:  Details of intended exchange, Career opportunities, Current research projects and studies

The test generally takes a maximum of 2.5 hours, depending on how many students are taking it.

Recognition of Alternative Certificates

Students who can provide documentation of one of the following language certificates do not have to take the DAAD test and can submit a copy of their certificate together with their application.

- UNIcert certificate, from Level III or higher
- TOEFL Internet-based Test, at least 110 points
- IELTS, at least 7 points
- PTE Academic, at least 76 points
- TOEIC, at least 945 points
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency A, B, C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English A or B

Repeating the DAAD Test

Students who would like to take the DAAD test again must provide proof at their second test date that they have completed at least 60 units (1 unit = 45 minutes) of English instruction since taking the first test.

Staff at the University of Potsdam
Students at Film University Babelsberg and UAS

Student staffers (SHKs, WHKs and tutors) at the University of Potsdam should register as described above. All other university staff as well as students and staff at the Babelsberg Film University and the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam can write an email to the English / Key Competences Department; contact information is at the staff page.