Entrance Exams Required for Admissions in Germany

There are various entrance exams that students have to take while pursuing higher education. Especially if the higher education is in a foreign country the list becomes a bit longer.

Each of the tests have their own importance and purpose. Acceptance of entrance tests usually depends on universities and the course that you choose. Universities may have different language requirements for which they may prefer a particular language test. However, you should remember that these language tests cost a significant amount of valuable resources and that’s why you should find out which language test is accepted by the university you are planning to study in.

These language tests need not only resources but also time to prepare. It is wise to choose an exam which is widely accepted and fits your needs. Make sure, that you start preparing and taking language tests early enough in order to meet your deadlines. Some of the entrance tests that you’ll need to take are as follows:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

TOEFL is an English certificate which is widely accepted around the world. The test is conducted as a paper based test or an internet based test. The only test form currently offered is for the internet-based test (iBT) which can be taken in numerous test centres world-wide and takes about 4 hours. The grade of the test is equally combined out of the four parts, i.e. reading, listening, speaking and writing. Each part is graded with up to 30 points which adds up to a maximum score of 120 points. The certificate of TOEFL is valid for two years.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Like TOEFL, IELTS is also widely recognised in all English-speaking countries as well as for many English-taught programmes around the world. Besides, IELTS is also accepted as language proof for certain working permits as well as for immigration. The IELTS certificate is also valid for two years. IELTS guarantees an evaluation of the test within 13 days. The results can be then viewed online and are mailed from the national office on the same day.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Graduate Record Examination is accepted at thousands of graduate and business schools. This entrance exam tests you in the fields of verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing. It is mandatory to take the GRE for gaining entry into various higher education institutions, especially if you wish to pursue engineering. There are various universities in Germany that accept the GRE scores as a prerequisite for admission.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

Graduate Management Admission Test is a preferred and trusted part of admissions process for more than 6000 business and management programs worldwide. The test consists of analytical writing assessment, integrated reasoning, quantitative reasoning and verbal reasoning. GMAT is basically an aptitude test that tests the aptitude of students in the above mentioned fields. Every year thousands of students take this test to be eligible for various management courses.

Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (TestDaF)

The TestDaF, i.e. Test of German as a Foreign Language is the German equivalent to TOEFL and IELTS. It is standardised and can be taken in over 400 test centres world-wide in advance to your stay in Germany. It has a similar testing pattern as other language exams, i.e. it comprises of reading, writing, listening and speaking sections. The TestDaF is usually taken by students who wish to pursue a degree whose medium of instruction is German. However, some universities may ask you for it even if the course that you have selected is taught in English.

Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH)

The DSH is a standardized test framework for German language proficiency. It is offered at many German universities and has a little different pattern than the TestDaF. The pattern consists of five sections instead of four like the other language entrance exams: listening comprehension, reading comprehension, writing, comprehension and use of science and study related language and the last section is oral examination. DSH can only be taken in Germany, unlike TestDaF it cannot be taken at different places in the world.