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WHICH GERMAN TEST: TESTDAF, DSH OR TELC?

So, you’ve been learning German for a while now and want to certify your knowledge through an official test, but don’t know which one best suits your needs? In this article, we’ll discuss the general information about the different test institutions and their language certificates, as well as future test dates, in order to help you come to a clearer decision.

Please note: we cannot be held liable for the information provided.

 

There are numerous schools and institutions in Berlin offering German language competency tests and certificates but not every format is well known, widely accepted or reputable. One important aspect to consider always is whether the test institution conforms to the European Framework for Langauges (GER; Gemeinsamer Europäischer Referenzrahmen für Sprachen).

TELC (The European Language Certificate) is the official test institution of the Volkshochschulen. TELC has over 90 certificates in ten different languages – German, of course, is among those provided. TELC is very helpful if your target is to add a language skill to your CV and prove your proficiency to a potential employer. Most employers in Germany will be more familiar with TELC than with Test DaF.

There are various TELC test centers in Berlin, such as Volkshochschulen and private language schools. You can find the centers and test dates online.
On the TELC webpage you can also find mock tests to prepare yourself and be ready for their test format.

DSH (Deutscher Sprachtest für den Hochschulzugang/German language examination for university entrance) and TestDaF are certificates that are designed especially for academic purposes. It depends on each university which certificate will be accepted, but usually German universtities (e. g. the four biggest universities in Berlin: Humboldt University, Free University, Technical University and University for Fine Arts) seem to accept both of them. Please check back with the university where you want to study which test they accept.


These are the test dates for TestDaF in 2020:

Test date

 Registration date

Results available

13. February 2020

21.11.2019 - 16.01.2020

from 26.03.2020

22. April 2020

26.02.2020 - 27.03.2020

from 03.06.2020

03. June 2020

08.04.2020 - 06.05.2020

from 15.07.2020

22. July 2020

27.05.2020 - 24.06.2020

from 02.09.2020

10. September 2020

16.07.2020 - 13.08.2020

from 22.10.2020

10. November 2020

15.09.2020 - 13.10.2020

from 22.12.2020

 

You can find all exam centers in Berlin and their availabilities listed here.

The DSH is a language proficiency test, which is required for entry to a German university and to undertake all classes in the German language. The DSH exams are usually held at the universities in the beginning of each winter semester in the beginning of October. Freie Universität, for example, also offers some mock tests online.

Our courses and the books we use for our German language courses at Transmitter conform to the European Framework for Languages. We teach and discuss all topics and work on the four different competencies - speaking, reading, listening and writing – so that you are generally prepared to take an exam. However, it must be noted that we do not offer special test preparations here at Transmitter as we are not an official test institution.