Tests for Studying in Germany

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Tests for Studying in Germany

Every university around the world tests you on two basic parameters – language proficiency and aptitude for the desired course. Universities in Germany are no different. While the aptitude tests usually differ for undergraduate and postgraduate levels, the language requirements remain the same.

German language tests

The medium of instruction of most degree programs at German universities is German. Hence, you need to prove your proficiency in the German language to be admitted to the university.

German universities often accept either of the two German language tests – Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (Test of German as a Foreign Language or TestDAF) or Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH)


  • A language proficiency test for the German language conducted by TestDAF Institute, Germany.
  • Lifelong validity
  • Accepted by all institutions of higher education in Germany.
  • Can be taken in your home country before arriving in Germany.
  • Conducted in Germany and nearly 100 other countries six times a year and in China, three times a year.
  • Visit www.testdaf.de for information on testing centers, dates, fees, and application procedures

Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang or DSH

  • DSH is a language proficiency test for the German language which accepted by most German universities.
  • Can only be taken in Germany.

Entrance tests for postgraduate courses 

Like in the case on undergraduate courses, before we understand the tests, understanding the course structure for PG courses as well as the eligibility requirement for postgraduate degree programs in Germany is extremely important.

Tests accepted at German universities and business schools

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

  • GRE is accepted worldwide as a measure of aptitude for postgraduate courses.
  • Valid in German universities.
  • While universities accept GRE, they might require you to take a subject test as well.
  • A minimum GRE score of 300-310 plus

Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) 

  • GMAT is globally accepted for postgraduate courses in management, business, or finance.
  • Valid in German universities for business or MBA programs.
  • Minimum GMAT score: 600
  • Some universities in Germany require a GRE instead of a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) for admission to MBA programs.

Note: Universities in Germany follow their own schedules. You must first confirm with the respective university about the test requirements before you start preparing for them.

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Study in Germany

Every year, thousands of scholars coming from all around the world trust their education to German universities and reasons for this are obvious.

Why Germany?

It boasts 426 world-class universities that attract more than 370,000 international students every year.


Germany is home to some of the world’s most renowned universities. Twelve of the country’s universities are among the top 200 in QS World Rankings.

Student VISA

Applicants from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Japan, South Korea: Do not need a visa to study in Germany.


Along with being home to some of the world’s most esteemed universities, Germany is the most economical study destinations in Europe.

Work in Germany

Germany offers a good work-life balance with an average employee working for nearly an estimated 26.3 hours per week – lowest in the world.

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