TestDaF - Test of German as a Foreign Language
The TestDaF is a centrally developed, standardized test for anyone who plans to study in Germany or requires recognized certification of his or her language skills.
Here, you will find answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to the TestDaF :
- ... what is the TestDaF?
- ... why take the TestDaF?
- ... who can take the TestDaF?
- ... how do I register?
- ... what does the TestDaF cost?
- ... how can I prepare?
- ... where can I get more information?
- ... when can I take the TestDaF?
... what is the TestDaF?
The TestDaF is a language test for non-native German speakers. Similar to the TOEFL-Test, the TestDaF can be taken in one´s home country and can be repeated as often as needed.
The TestDaF consists of four separate parts, in which “Reading Comprehension”, “Listening Comprehension”, “Written Production”, and “Oral Production” are assessed. The test results are assigned to different levels (Levels 3–5), and a certificate detailing the test results is issued.
... why take the TestDaF?
Taking the TestDaF in your home country can save time and money. It is no longer necessary to travel to Germany to receive recognized certification of your language skills. Additionally, you can further save on costs because taking a previous exam or participating in German language courses are not prerequisites for taking the TestDaF.
It is quite easy to prepare for the TestDaF, as the test is the same in all countries.
The TestDaF assesses each part of your language skill set separately. This enables universities to accept candidates for a course of study, even if their level of proficiency is not the same for each skill set.
... who can take the TestDaF?
Anyone interested in taking the TestDaF should already have a good intermediate level of German and have participated in ca. 800-1000 hours of German language courses.
TestDaF is also suitable for those who simply want to test their German language skills or need certification of their level of German. This test is particularly suited for foreign students who wish to begin or continue their studies at a German university.
... how do I register?
You can register for the TestDaF only via the internet: www.testdaf.de .
... what does the TestDaF cost?
An examination fee is due when registering for the TestDaF, it costs 195 € and can be paid during your online registration at the TestDaF-Institut (information available at firstname.lastname@example.org ).
... how can I prepare?
Numerous training exercises and materials can be found on www.testdaf.de . Many private language schools offer preparatory courses.
... where can I get more information?
Additional information pertaining to the separate parts of the test can be found on www.testdaf.de  or in our Test Center.
... when can I take the TestDaF?
Several dates are made available yearly, to take the TestDaF. The exact dates and registration deadlines can be found on www.redaktion.tu-berlin.de .