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Entrance Examinations for Studying at German Universities

Do you know which exams you need to crack to get admit from a German varsity? You may not be aware of all those exams.

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Entrance exams for studying at any German institution comprise both language and aptitude tests.

First, we advise you to read this article to know almost everything pertaining to study in Germany – Thirty-three questions to ask about studying in Germany.

Second, we advise you to have a talk with our dedicated study abroad advisors who can give you all basic information regarding what exams you (or any international students) need to crack to get admission at a German varsity. Exams will vary from university to university and will also depend on your academic qualifications.

Talk to them and do a thorough study (our articles will help) before taking any decisions. So, let’s start with the list of exams for international students for studying in Germany.   

Entrance exams for studying in Germany will comprise both language and aptitude tests. Language tests are crucial for studying in any country so you will have to make sure that you prepare well for the English language tests like IELTS/TOEFL/PTE, etc. Each of these tests adds value to your academic profile and makes the admission path smooth for you –

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The most popular English language test, the IELTS is accepted widely in all English-speaking countries. IELTS is not just restricted to students who are willing to study abroad, but it also serves the purpose of immigration or obtaining work permits. 

There are several IELTS test centres across the world and many online tools which will help you at the preliminary stage; our brand new IELTS Practice Test platform being one. IELTS scores are valid for up to 2 years, and you can either contact your test centre or visit the official British Council IELTS website to view your scores.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Widely accepted English language test, the TOEFL test is the key to study at some universities abroad. It is conducted mostly as an Internet-based test (iBT). The test comprises different sections to assess your reading, speaking, listening and writing skills in English.

There are several test centres where the TOEFL test can be taken and it takes roughly 4 hours to complete the test. The entire test is for a maximum of 120 points, and a TOEFL score is valid for up to 2 years.

Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache/ Test of German as a Foreign Language (TestDaF)

Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (TestDaF) is equivalent to the TOEFL and IELTS, but it is for the German language. If you want to pursue German-taught programmes at any German varsity, you will have to take this exam. It is conducted not only in Germany by the TestDaF institute but also in 90 countries across the world, with nearly 400 test centres offering such choice. The test comprises of standard patterns to assess your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in English.

One of the well-known centres in India which conducts the TestDaF exam is the Goethe Institute. TestDaF scores are accepted at any German institution, but of course acceptance rate will vary from university to university.

Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH)

Similar to the TestDaF, the DSH is another standardised test to assess the German language proficiency, which is offered only by individual German institutions and has a slightly different pattern than the TestDaF, that is, reading comprehension, listening comprehension, writing, comprehension and the use of science- and study-related language and a separate section on oral exam.

Since the entire structure of the DSH exam is different from the TestDaF and there are no test centres for the DSH across the world, except Germany, it is advisable that you speak to your university to learn more about their DSH requirements since some universities may have an internal DSH examination.

For more information, we suggest you get in touch with German language experts of the Goethe institute or visit the site that talks about DSH at Goethe institute's website.

Another equivalent examination called the ‘telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule’ has been initiated on 12 February, 2016, which is accepted at all German universities and colleges.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

Over 6000 business and management schools accept the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores worldwide. The GMAT test remains the primary goal of many MBA aspirants. The GMAT comprises patterns like analytical writing assessment, quantitative reasoning, integrated reasoning and verbal reasoning. Learn how you should prepare for your GMAT in 6 months time.

There are at least 112 GMAT test centres across the world, administered under the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)

Accepted by thousands of business and graduate schools, the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is an entrance exam, which is mandatory for admission at many universities, particularly in the field of engineering. In fact several German varsities encourage GRE scores for the admission process. It comprises patterns like verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing.

Learn about the do’s and don’ts while preparing for GRE.

The list of entrance exams for studying in Germany is here; all you need to know now is when and how to proceed further. Feel free to chat with our advisors to get more updated information. Unless you talk to the universities directly, you cannot dig out all the required information. 

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