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TestAS – Do I need to take it?

If you plan to study at German university in a Bachelor’s degree program and come from a non-EU country, then you might be required to take TestAS.  The test is designed to measure if you’d be able to study at German university.

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If you want to study at university, you’ll need to cultivate independent study habits

TestAS stands for in German “Test für Asländische Studierende” (Test for Foreign Students).  The English version of the test is called “Test for Academic Studies”.  Please, note as  is very important to understand: “Test für Asländische Studierende”  and “Test for Academic Studies” are the same test.  Both German and English version are shortened to TestAS.  Everything we discuss below applies to both German and English versions.

TestAS is designed for foreign applicants from non-EU countries who want to do undergraduate studies at a German university.  It provides a measurement of your capacity to study on the first-level degree program in a German University.  Simply put, the test score shows if you’d be able to study in Germany.

This brings us to two very important criteria of TestAS.  First, did you finish school in EU country?  Then, you do not need to take TestAS.  TestAs is ony for applicants from non-EU countries.  Second, do you apply for Master or PhD level program?  Then, you do not need to take TestAS.  TestAS is required only on the Bachelor level study program.

Do all Bachelor’s degree study programs at German universities require TestAS?

No, not all Bachelor study programs list TestAS as admission requirement.  Before you pay a fee for TestAS, find out if you need TestAS results at all.  While TestAS is compulsory for some universities or subjects, it is optional for others. In addition, some universities do not require TestAS at all.  Read very careful admission details for your chosen program at the university website.

You will need to take TestAS only if, first,  you are from non-EU country, second, you want to apply to Bachelor’s degree program, third, your chosen university lists TestAS as admission requirement.

TestAS official website https://www.testas.de/en/index_en.htm contains all information about the testing.

We’ve summarized the most important points for you  to know about TestAs at a glance:

  • You can take TestAS either in English or in German.  B1 language level is enough.
  • Exam lasts about 5 hours, done on computer.
  • Test consists of 3 parts:
    • 30 min: your language skills
    • 110 min: general knowledge expected of a high school graduate
    • 150 min: knowledge in one of subject-specific field humanities, cultural studies and social sciences, or mathematics, computer science and natural sciences, or engineering or economics
  • You can take TestAS at the licensed test centers in Germany or in your home country.
  • Price: DAAD set 3 price groups for different countries.  Check with your closest test center to learn about your fee.  In Germany the fee is 110 EUR.
  • You can take TestAS taken many times.  The certificate is valid without any limits.
  • When applying to German University you may choose the best score certificate, but you cannot combine results from different testings.
  • Dates: several times a year.  Check the timetable on the official website.  The deadline for registration is about five weeks prior to the TestAS exam date.

The TestAS dates and registration periods as listed on the TestAS website:

TestAS 2018 Tuesday, 27 February 2018
Registration period: 13 November 2017 to 18 January 2018

Saturday, 21 April 2018
Registration period: 29 January to 12 March 2018

Wednesday, 6. June 2018 (only in Germany!)
Registration period: 19. March to 7. May 2018

Saturday, 27 October 2018
Registration period: 4 June to 10 September 2018

TestAS 2019 Thursday, 07 March 2019
Registration period: 12 November 2018 to 21 January 2019

Saturday, 27 April 2019
Registration period: 21 January to 11 March 2019

Friday, 25 May 2019 (only in Germany!)
Registration period: 18 March to 29 April 2019

Saturday, 26 October 2019
Registration period: 03 June to 09 September 2019