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DAAD Certificates



Until further notice, the DAAD language exam will take place online.

An exam registration is necessary. Please register for an exam date with your UniAccount on our course platform under the menu item DAAD. We will enroll you in the Moodle course "DAAD-Sprachnachweis Englisch" one week before your chosen exam date and then will also email you further information. Please note that if you register for the DAAD exam at some point within the week before the exam on Monday, we may contact you as late as Friday of the same week. We do not process registrations on weekends, and we do not accept same-day exam registrations.

The written part of the exam will take place on the Moodle site on the exam date you have chosen, the oral part of the exam will be conducted online via Zoom. The oral exams usually take place on Fridays, 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.. You will receive more detailed information about the oral part of the exam directly from the exam proctor or on the Moodle room in a timely manner.

The  registration for a particular date is binding. If you are unable to appear for a valid reason, please cancel your registration via the course platform or notify us by e-mail. We reserve the right to cancel multiple registrations in order to allow other students to take the exam. The DAAD exam may only be taken once within 6 months.

Please note that in general, the DAAD exams take place every other week. During the semester break, the dates might deviate from the biweekly schedule. You will find the exact dates after logging into the course platform and navigating to "DAAD." We will not be able to offer any additional exam dates apart from the scheduled dates. Please also note that an official DAAD certificate will be issued to you within the next three working days after the completion of the last part of the exam. We cannot guarantee that you receive the DAAD certificate on the day of the exam and ask you to plan accordingly.

Be sure to bring the following required documents to the written exam:

  • Student I.D. or proof of enrollment at TU Dortmund University
  • Identity card or other photo I.D. (i.e. a passport for identification)
  • A print out of your completed DAAD Language Certificate Request Form including name, declared major, and the language being tested on all five pages
  • If applicable, a print out of the desired language certificate — if not the DAAD (i.e. J1 visa, Fulbright, Humboldt)
  • If applicable, any previously acquired language certificates or any other relevant documents
  • A letter of motivation written in the target language in which you define the language goals you intend to achieve during your stay abroad. Specifically address what you personally and professionally expect from your trip abroad. Your letter of motivation should be one page (A4), 12 pt. Times New Roman, 1.5 spaced.

Written part: 30 minutes

  • Text production on a subject from a predetermined selection of topics

Oral part: 30 minutes plus 15 minutes preparation time

  • Reading comprehension (15 minutes preparation): Discussion of a text
  • An interview (about your study, future plans, etc.)

Because the DAAD examination tests one’s current language level, specific preparation is not necessary. Nevertheless, deeper engagement with the language (for example, with the help of English-language podcasts, videos, reading texts, etc.) is recommended in advance. You can find DAAD exam preparation tips in this document.

With regard to the letter of motivation that you need to write, the following resources might be helpful:

You can pick up your certificate at the secretary's office (EF 61 / Room 202) during regular office hours. Certificates are available approximately three working days after the last part of the exam is completed.

Due to the pandemic, DAAD certificates are currently being sent by e-mail or post.

Where applicable, a DAAD language certificate can be issued on the basis of another certificate provided the following conditions are met:

  • The certificate indicates the bearer’s level of ability in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
  • The certificate is not older than one year. Exception: UNIcert-certificates and internationally recognized certificates (according to this list) may not be older than 2 years.
  • Language certificates acquired from the Division of Foreign Languages are also accepted, provided they are not older than one year. Please note that certificates from skill-specific courses (e.g. Speaking and Listening B2, Writing and Reading C1) cannot be recognized, as they only cover two of the four skills.

For any questions with regard to the recognition of certificates, please contact Dr. Meni Syrou.