Language Test (DAAD Test)
Certificates of foreign language proficiency are often required when applying for internships, DAAD scholarships, etc. The Language Resource Center (Sprachenzentrum) offers these language tests in various languages. The test consists of listening comprehension, reading comprehension, oral and written expression and grammar components, adapted to the particular level and language.
English Language Test Dates and Times:
(all other languages upon request)
see German version
TU Darmstadt students and employees: 20 Euros
External candidates: 70 Euros
Please register in person at the SPZ Studienbüro (Language Resource Center Office) in S1|03 17. Costs must be paid upon registration, using the Athena card. Please register early to ensure your spot on a particular test date. Consider registering a few weeks early, especially during phases of approaching DAAD scholarship deadlines.
Please note that the DAAD test is not suitable for entrance to TU Darmstadt Master's degree programs. You will have to take the TOEIC instead.
Preparing for the English DAAD Test
The English DAAD test consists of two parts. The first task tests your reading comprehension and writing skills. Your task is to read an article from a newspaper and then to write a summary of it in your own words. Typical article topics include the environment, the developing world, public health, general science and other current issues or developments in society. You have 30 minutes in total to read your article and write the summary. There is no minimum number of words required. The second part tests your oral and listening skills. You will verbally summarize the same text to the instructor and other participants without notes. The instructor will ask two to three questions to clarify content and/or check comprehension of the text.
The best way to prepare for the English DAAD test is to immerse yourself as much as you can in written and spoken English. To practice reading and writing skills, go to any good on-line newspaper site (e.g. NY Times, The Guardian, BBC News), pick an article to read (e.g. one per day over a week) and then write a 10-line summary of it, using your own words. To practice listening and speaking skills, find some podcasts on the above news sites or to www.ted.com for longer talks. As you listen, take notes and then practice summarizing it orally to a friend, who can then ask you questions about the content.
When can I pick up my DAAD test results?
DAAD test results may usually be picked up on the same day as the test.