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International students who would like to apply for a bachelor's degree at a German university can use the TestAS. This test assesses the general and subject-specific aptitude necessary for the successful completion of a degree. No special prior knowledge or skills in the subject are required to take the test.


The results of the test give you the opportunity to identify your strengths and choose a suitable course of study. You will gain a more realistic assessment of your chances of successfully graduating in your desired subject. You will also be able to compare your results with those of other test takers and better understand the specific requirements of your desired course of study.


The TestAS consists of two main components:

The core test tests general skills that are relevant for all courses of study.

The subject-specific test modules assess skills that are necessary for successful study in certain subject areas.

You have the option of choosing one of four subject-specific modules:

  • Engineering

  • Economics

  • Cultural Studies, Humanities and Social Studies

  • Natural sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science

The TestAS certificate has no time limit and remains valid indefinitely.


The acceptance of the TestAS varies between universities. At some universities, the TestAS is a mandatory admission requirement, while others do not require it but recommend it.


In Germany, the TestAS offers advantages at many universities. For example, in North Rhine-Westphalia, the test serves as an admission test for applicants without formal university entrance qualifications such as the Abitur. After successfully passing the TestAS, these applicants are no longer required to complete a basic course. Several universities in the state of Brandenburg also offer similar individual admission procedures.


The TestAS certificate is recognized by universities that have integrated the TestAS into their admission rules. Each university can decide for itself how much weight is given to the TestAS result. Therefore, ask the university or faculty of your choice whether and to what extent the TestAS is taken into account in the admission decision.

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For the language part of the TestAS, which you can take three times a year at over 280 locations in 80 countries, your German language skills should be at least level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(CEFR). Note that this level is usually not sufficient for studying in Germany.

The TestAS determines your relative score based on your results in the “onScreen” language test, which combines your language skills and the results of the individual subtests. Please note that “onScreen” does not replace a recognized language test such as the TestDaF, which is required for admission to university.

It is important to distinguish that the TestAS and the TestDaF have different goals. The TestDaF assesses your German language skills, while the TestAS measures your cognitive skills, which are required for university studies.


Since the TestAS does not ask specific knowledge questions but assesses your cognitive skills, the best preparation is to familiarize yourself with the test format. There are sample questions on the TestAS website that can help you. It is strongly recommended that you work through these sample questions before the test to ensure you are as prepared as possible.

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