Language examinations
German language examinations

German Language Examinations

At LLC we offer two alternative common examination systems for German as a foreign language.

COMPARISON OF DSH AND TESTDAF

  • Similarities

    Similarities - general

    • The level of both tests/examinations corresponds to B2/C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
    • In both tests/examinations the skills writing, listening and reading are tested The result is determined in three levels (DSH-1, DSH-2 & DSH-3 or TDN 3, TDN 4 & TDN 5), of which the intermediate level entitles the participant to study in Germany.
    • The validity of the certificate is unlimited.

     

    Similarities - examination/test format

    • The writing tasks in text production/written expression are the same: describing, arguing, expressing an opinion.
  • Differences

    Differences - general

    DSH

    • can only be taken at licensed universities/colleges within Germany
    • decentralised examination, which can be slightly different at each location and takes place on different dates
    • the certificate can primarily be used for studies at a German university or college
    • the certificate is more likely to be recognised within Germany
    • in exceptional cases, there may be problems with the recognition of the certificate at certain colleges/universities (this is regulated by the local examination regulations)

    TestDaF

    • can be taken at licensed test centres worldwide
    • central test, which takes place on the same dates worldwide
    • the certificate serves as proof of German language skills both for studies and for a job
    • the certificate is generally also recognised internationally
    • there are no difficulties with recognition at German colleges/universities

    Differences - examination/test format

    DSH

    • there is no minimum performance in the individual subtests, which means that you can compensate for slightly worse parts of the exam with better ones
    • a monolingual dictionary (German-German) is permitted throughout the examination
    • grammatical knowledge is explicitly tested (scientific language structures, 100 out of 700 points)
    • the oral examination may only be taken if the written examination has been assessed with at least 57% (the written and oral examinations therefore do not take place on the same day)
    • the oral examination takes place in person with an examination board (consisting of two examiners)
    • in the oral examination there is usually a task with different speaking tasks (describing, arguing, possibly expressing an opinion)
    • in the listening/reading comprehension there is one (longer) text (approximately at level B2)
    • the listening text is read out twice, live by one examiner
    • in listening/reading comprehension there are on average ten tasks and questions of different types (open, half-open and closed), some of which are quite complex

    TestDaF

    • there is a minimum performance in the individual subtests, which means that to study in Germany you must achieve at least the TDN 4 level in all four parts of the test (no compensation possible)
    • during the entire test, tools (including monolingual dictionaries) are forbidden
    • grammatical knowledge is not explicitly tested
    • each participant has to take an oral part of the test (the whole test takes place on one day)
    • the test part "Oral Expression" takes place with the help of technical equipment (PC, language laboratory etc.)
    • in the test part "Oral Expression" there are seven tasks with seven different speaking tasks
    • in listening/reading comprehension there are three texts each on three different topics and with three different levels of difficulty
    • the first two listening texts are recited only once, the second listening text is recited twice; the recitation is done from a medium (CD, PC etc.)
    • in listening/reading comprehension there are 25 or 30 mainly closed (or half-open) questions and tasks

COORDINATION DSH

M.A. Selin Lehmann
Examinations Officers
Address
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
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Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
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COORDINATION TESTDAF

Christina Buhrmester
Coordinator
Address
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Building
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Address
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Building
Room