Sometimes language students hear rumors that
TestDaF is easier than the DSH. This is not true. TestDaF is not
easier, it is simply different.
Institutions with diverse interests came together and created the TestDaF with the aim to construct a recognized, standardized test to replace the established tests that were all tailored to different objectives.
The TestDaf has 4 parts:
This section of the test always has
a description of a diagram. You must put the appropriate vocabulary in
the appropriate order. The tasks for the student are to fill out a
sample with words from the diagram. The same scheme is to be applied to
the questions for the reasons of the increase/decrease of the subjects
of the diagram. The same goes for the question regarding how the
situation is in the home country.
The oral exam is difficult because the student must prove his/her speaking abilities in an unnatural situation. This should also be practiced before the actual exam.
The TestDaf exam costs 150 Euros. A difference between the DSH exam and the TestDaf is that the TestDaf can be retaken multiple times.
The students receive the exam results 6 to 8 weeks after the test date. The time it takes to correct the exam often overlaps with the university application deadline, therefore you must carefully look at the timeline before you register.
Passing the TestDaf does not replace the test for the Studienkollegs!
You can find the test dates at www.testdaf.de
Preparing for the TestDaf Exam
The TestDaf is the same no
matter where you take it. All tests have the same level of difficulty
or simplicity, depending on how you look at it. The main thing that
does differ with the TestDaf is the type of preparation courses that
are offered: Many courses do not fulfill the requirements for this
test: groups of 30 students, not enough lessons per week, under-paid,
unmotivated and unqualified instructors, expensive courses –
all of this will claim to result in a “successful preparation
Therefore, the careful selection of a course is crucial. (See: : Which course is right for me?).