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DSH or TestDaF: Which German Language Exam to Take?

And couple of things that will help you to make your choice which test to take – TestDaF or DSH

First, the most important difference between the exams:  you can take the TestDaF exam anywhere in the world, but you can only sit DSH in Germany. If you are applying from outside of Germany, your choice is TestDaF. Second, if you decided to take DSH, then here is a pro-tip: the format and difficulty of the DSH can also vary depending on the university.  You do not need to take DSH in the university you choose to study. All the universities  accept the DSH results from another university.  So research a bit in advance for the feedback from the other students who had already done the DSH exam. Some universities are known for their “easy” DSH exam.

And couple of things that will help you to make your choice which test to take – TestDaF or DSH

First, the most important difference between the exams:  you can take the TestDaF exam anywhere in the world, but you can only sit DSH in Germany. If you are applying from outside of Germany, your choice is TestDaF. Second, if you decided to take DSH, then here is a pro-tip: the format and difficulty of the DSH can also vary depending on the university.  You do not need to take DSH in the university you choose to study. All the universities  accept the DSH results from another university.  So research a bit in advance for the feedback from the other students who had already done the DSH exam. Some universities are known for their “easy” DSH exam.

If you want to study at a German university, you will need to take  the TestDaF or the DSH exam.  These both are German language tests that are accepted by the admission offices.  Lets compare these tests.

Different study books will help you to prepare for the language proficiency exam
Different study books will help you to prepare for the language proficiency exam
German language proficiency is one of few requirements for enrollment into a study program at a German university.  Though the number of courses offered in English is growing with each year, German is still the main language in German universities.  The vast majority of undergraduate study courses are offered only in German. Therefore, you will need to take one of the German language exams – TestDaF or DSH. Currently, there are two main German language exams: TestDaF or DSH.  All the universities in Germany accept the results of both these tests. So which exams should you take?  Bellow, we’ve summarized the major differences between the exams. This table will give you an overview about the exams and help your to make your choice.  

Criteria

TestDaF

DSH

Where can I take it In Germany and 450 test centres in 95 countries worldwide Only in Germany at a university
Do all German universities recognize the test? yes yes
Necessary level of German to pass exam successfully B2-C1 B2-C1
Cost 175 EUR 40-170 EUR depends on the university
When results are ready? 6 weeks after the test anywhere between several days and couple of weeks
How long are results valid? Unlimited unlimited
What score is enough to be admitted by universities? TestDaF-Niveaustufe 4 (TDN 4) Most study programs require DSH 2, but there are  few that require DSH 1
Can I repeat test? Yes, as many times as you want Some universities allow only 1 repeat.  Others – several
How long it takes? 3 hours 10 minutes + break Depends on the university. Most do in 2 days. Day 1 – written part, day 2 – oral part.  Only those who passed written part will be invited for day 2.
Is the test standardized? yes No. DSH test is given by the universities, content, difficulty and stucture may vary
Reading 3 texts, 30 questions, 60 minutes written part, day 1, content and structure vary
Listening 3 audios, 25 questions, 40 minutes written part, day 1, content and structure vary
Essay writting 1 writing tast, 60 minutes written part, day 1,content and structure vary
Speaking 7 speaking tasks, 30 minutes, speaking to computer oral part, day 2, speaking with a real person.

And couple of things that will help you to make your choice which test to take – TestDaF or DSH

First, the most important difference between the exams:  you can take the TestDaF exam anywhere in the world, but you can only sit DSH in Germany. If you are applying from outside of Germany, your choice is TestDaF. Second, if you decided to take DSH, then here is a pro-tip: the format and difficulty of the DSH can also vary depending on the university.  You do not need to take DSH in the university you choose to study. All the universities  accept the DSH results from another university.  So research a bit in advance for the feedback from the other students who had already done the DSH exam. Some universities are known for their “easy” DSH exam.

If you want to study at a German university, you will need to take  the TestDaF or the DSH exam.  These both are German language tests that are accepted by the admission offices.  Lets compare these tests.

Different study books will help you to prepare for the language proficiency exam
Different study books will help you to prepare for the language proficiency exam
German language proficiency is one of few requirements for enrollment into a study program at a German university.  Though the number of courses offered in English is growing with each year, German is still the main language in German universities.  The vast majority of undergraduate study courses are offered only in German. Therefore, you will need to take one of the German language exams – TestDaF or DSH. Currently, there are two main German language exams: TestDaF or DSH.  All the universities in Germany accept the results of both these tests. So which exams should you take?  Bellow, we’ve summarized the major differences between the exams. This table will give you an overview about the exams and help your to make your choice.  

Criteria

TestDaF

DSH

Where can I take it In Germany and 450 test centres in 95 countries worldwide Only in Germany at a university
Do all German universities recognize the test? yes yes
Necessary level of German to pass exam successfully B2-C1 B2-C1
Cost 175 EUR 40-170 EUR depends on the university
When results are ready? 6 weeks after the test anywhere between several days and couple of weeks
How long are results valid? Unlimited unlimited
What score is enough to be admitted by universities? TestDaF-Niveaustufe 4 (TDN 4) Most study programs require DSH 2, but there are  few that require DSH 1
Can I repeat test? Yes, as many times as you want Some universities allow only 1 repeat.  Others – several
How long it takes? 3 hours 10 minutes + break Depends on the university. Most do in 2 days. Day 1 – written part, day 2 – oral part.  Only those who passed written part will be invited for day 2.
Is the test standardized? yes No. DSH test is given by the universities, content, difficulty and stucture may vary
Reading 3 texts, 30 questions, 60 minutes written part, day 1, content and structure vary
Listening 3 audios, 25 questions, 40 minutes written part, day 1, content and structure vary
Essay writting 1 writing tast, 60 minutes written part, day 1,content and structure vary
Speaking 7 speaking tasks, 30 minutes, speaking to computer oral part, day 2, speaking with a real person.

And couple of things that will help you to make your choice which test to take – TestDaF or DSH

First, the most important difference between the exams:  you can take the TestDaF exam anywhere in the world, but you can only sit DSH in Germany. If you are applying from outside of Germany, your choice is TestDaF. Second, if you decided to take DSH, then here is a pro-tip: the format and difficulty of the DSH can also vary depending on the university.  You do not need to take DSH in the university you choose to study. All the universities  accept the DSH results from another university.  So research a bit in advance for the feedback from the other students who had already done the DSH exam. Some universities are known for their “easy” DSH exam.