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DAAD Tests


Test Registration

Please provide evidence of your bank transfer and bring along the completed form at the test: Language Certificate for Candidates from Germany Applying for a DAAD Scholarship Abroad

Schedule of Fees (in German)

The DAAD tests are intended exclusively for students at institutions of higher education 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 are not assured until one week prior to the test date. Until that date, we reserve the right to cancel your place in the test if the place is needed by University of Potsdam students.

Registration is done online and is only valid if you notify the test proctor immediately when you register, informing him or her which program you have applied to, when the application deadline is, and which subject(s) you are currently studying. 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

The DAAD tests at Zessko’s English / Key Competences Department are generally held in three-week intervals during the lecture periods at the Griebnitzsee Campus. As soon as dates are scheduled, they are posted at the registration site for DAAD tests where you can register if the green “Book Course” symbol is visible under the brief text. 

How to Prepare for the Test

Please print the "Language certificate for German applicants" fill out the top portion, 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

Listening Comprehension: Included in the Speaking/Oral Skills section
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 about 20 minutes.
Speaking/Oral Skills: Open-ended individual discussion on scholarly, general, or exchange-related topics; duration: 10 minutes.

The test generally takes a maximum of 3 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

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