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German Language Tests Accepted by German Universities

List of German Language Tests Accepted by Universities of Germany

If you wish to study in Germany then you must take into account that you need to be proficient either in English or in the German language. It is because the German Universities offer English and German taught programs. It is the basic requirement of an admission application into a German University to provide them with English or Greman language test certificates.

Therefore, we have researched this topic and verified the following list of German language tests that are recognized and accepted by all the Universities in Germany. In order to prove your skills in any language either it is German or English you must undergo the examination to get a certificate proving your skills, and the recognized German and English language tests listed below:

List of German Language Tests Accepted by German Universities

#1 DSH Test

It stands for Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang test. DSH is a standardized examination that tests your ability as an international student. Moreover, the test is important to provide if the mode of instruction in German institutions is the German language. 

Furthermore, DSH Certificate is a popular certificate that is accepted by many German universities as a language proficiency proof. 

It is made up of two sections:

  • An Oral exam is 30%.
  • The written exam is 70%.

Following levels of proficiency in the German language are offered by DSH:

  • Basic German which is A (1, 2).
  • Intermediate German which is B1 (DSH1).
  • Advanced German which is C1 (DSH2) and C2 (DSH3).

#2 TestDaF Test

It is a standard examination that tests the skills of international students in the German language. It is one of the recognized tests for German language and is maintained by an institute named “TestDaF Institute”. Moreover, you can find the centers of TestDaF in 80 countries that are licensed. Furthermore, the test is (4×4) recognized by German universities. 

The TestDaF has four sections:

  • Reading exam
  • Listening exam
  • Speaking exam.
  • Writing exam.

Moreover, it provides certificates and examinations for “Niveaustufe” 3-5 levels in the four different sections equivalent to levels CEFR B2.1 – C1.3:

  • TDN 3
  • TDN 4
  • TDN 5

#3 Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS) Test

It is a major diploma in the German language. Moreover, it checks the advance ability of the German language skills of foreign students. However, if you pass this GDS examination then you have a competency of CEFR level C2. 

Furthermore, it is the most accepted language certificate by German institutions when it comes to admission. Apart from taking the test in Germany, you can also take it from some other center of Goethe Institute residing in a foreign country. 

#4 Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz (DSD) Test

It is the diploma in the German language from an Education minister Conference. DSD is a type of educational program that provides foreigners with great German language skills. Moreover, it also requires a previous contribution to studies in the German language for some years. 

You can only enroll yourself in the DSD course when you have a certain amount of skills in the German language equal to EQF, level A2. Furthermore, DSD II is highly recognized by German Universities as proof of advance skills in the German language equal to CEFR, level C2. However, DSD I language certificate proves the German language skills equal to CEFR B2/C1 levels and is also widely accepted by German universities. 

The examination of DSD has four sections:

  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading

Moreover, it contains two compulsory parts which are as follows:

  • DSD I test
  • DSD II test

#5 Telc Test

It is a recognized test of telc gGmbH and is based on CEFR. The test offers certificates to people who are foreigners and do not know the German language. 

Moreover, the test also provides certificates in nine different languages and these certifications can be used for many different purposes. However, the telc C1 certificate is widely accepted by German institutes as a proof of sufficient German language skills.

If you want to take admission into the English language taught to program then the list of English language tests accepted by German Universities will provide you with the options to choose the test to appear in next.


Yousaf Saeed

(Editor) I am a 3 times winner of a fully funded scholarship and studied abroad in top Universities without paying any single penny. I hold a Ph.D. degree in engineering and enjoyed the benefit of studying in most prestigious institutes. It is my passion to write on topics that help students to understand how they can find and apply for scholarships abroad and how they can conduct their academic research work effectively. It is my hobby to write for the students who are interested to inquire about what is it like to study in German Universities. There are various scholarships offered by the German education system to international students and I think it is a good thing to share easy tips that students may adapt to win those scholarships to get a chance to study in Germany.

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  1. Good morning sir,
    I am tony and i am interested in studying in Germany, but I would appreciate if you provide me the general overview of where and how to get started.
    Anthony Chukwudi Okonkwo

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