Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (TestDaF)


Intensive course: 4 weeks - 32 lessons of 40 minutes 

Regular course: 16 weeks - 80 lessons of 40 minutes

TestDaF is a standardized language test of German as a foreign language and spans levels B2.1 to C1.2 of the Common European Framework. TestDaF assesses candidates’ linguistic performance within the context of university life and has been developed for candidates with a considerable knowledge of German (e.g. after approx. 700 hours / teaching units). The TestDaF provides the internationally recognised  proof of the language skills required for admission to any German university.

TestDaF examines the four language skills in four separate subtests: reading comprehension, listening comprehension, writing and speaking. The TestDaF preparation course, accordingly, covers exam techniques for each section of the test.

  • Reading Comprehension: Candidates are trained to adequately handle written texts relevant to academic life (journalistic reports on academic events, articles from academic journals or books). The candidates have to prove their capability to understand the overall structure and to extract detailed as well as implicit information. This subtest contains three assignments varying in their level of difficulty, type of text and question type.
  • Listening Comprehension: Candidates are trained to adequately handle spoken texts (dialogues, interviews, group discussions and monologues) relevant to academic life. The candidates have to prove that they understand the overall structure as well as detailed and implicit information. Again, this is tested in three tasks at different levels with different types of texts and different question types.
  • Writing: Candidates are trained to write a coherent and well structured text on a given topic taken from an academic context. On the basis of a graph, a table or a diagram, the candidates are asked to write a text which has to cover two types of  writing: description and argument. Furthermore, candidates are trained to produce essays where they discuss various points of view on a given aspect of the topic and give reasons for their own opinions.
  • Speaking: Candidates are trained to communicate appropriately in typical situations of university life (making a request, giving or asking for information, convincing someone, describing something, demonstrating skills of description and argument, etc). This subtest comprises four parts which contain items on different levels of difficulty.

The classes take place on Fridays and Saturdays if the course is an intensive one.

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