The DAAD tests are intended exclusively for students at institutions of higher education at Potsdam who are applying for a student exchange program or 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.
Students from other universities or applicants 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 in the DAAD Test moodle "course". 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.
Sucessful participants will receive their DAAD language certificate after the test.
The DAAD tests at Zessko’s English / Key Competences department are generally held in biweekly 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 students can register in advance - as long as there are free slots for the scheduled test date/s.
Students who have successfully registered for a specific date in the Moodle course will receive an e-mail with a confirmation of their registration as well as a request for payment via bank transfer one week before their test date.
Please provide evidence of your bank transfer and bring along your Student ID card as well as the completed form (next paragraph).
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 students spend some time "in the language" by reading, listening to the radio or watching film or television, particularly if they have not used English for a long time.
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 up to 2.5 hours, depending on how many students are taking it.
Students who can provide documentation of one of the following language certificates (not older than two years) do not have to take the DAAD test and can submit a copy of their certificate together with their application.
- UNIcert certificate, Level III or IV
- 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
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.
Student staffers (SHKs, WHKs and tutors) at the University of Potsdam 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 apply for an external Moodle account if they wish to sign up for the test.