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Placement Tests



The placement test is mandatory for all regular English courses. The tests are partly mandatory and partly optional for participants in discipline-specific English courses.

Mandatory: Students of the WiWi-Department (Department 11) must take the test in order to register for WiWi-Modul-6/11 English B2 courses.

Optional: For the courses English for Physics B2 (Department 2), English for Bio- and Chemical Engineering B2 (Department 6), English for Urban Planning B2 (Department 9), English for Architecture and Civil Engineering B2 (Department 10) and English for Psychology (Department 12) placement tests are optional (even though highly recommended). Students from these departments can register directly for their English language course via our course platform.

The placement test can be waived for students with prior course certificates or other documentation of language proficiency. Students who are able to provide a recognized certificate not older than one year showing that they have attained an appropriate language level for their desired course are not required to take a placement test.

The tests take place online via Moodle. Information on the test procedure can be found under Placement Tests.

As a student of TU Dortmund University, you are automatically registered with Moodle. To register, you need your UniAccount and the corresponding password.

You cannot register for the placement tests on Moodle yourself. You will be invited by us at the beginning of the test shift.

It is not necessary to prepare for the placement test, as it will test your current language level and place you accordingly. An appropriate placement will promote your learning success in the course. A placement test does not have the character of an exam. If you would still like to prepare, we have some information for you here:

Information on the test format

Tips for preparation

Registration for the placement tests in summer semester 2023 will be possible from 15 February 2023. Please log into our course platform with your personal account and click on "Einstufungstest" in the upper bar. You can only register for one date per language. If you wish to de-register, please click onto "Abmelden" and register for another date if you wish. In case you want to take part in placement tests for several languages, please do not choose dates at the same time because you will have too little time to complete several tests.

If there is a valid reason why you cannot participate during these two weeks, please hand in the respective evidence (internship contracts, doctor's notes etc.) to our office. You will then be given the opportunity to participate at another date.

The result is automatically displayed to you on Moodle. For example, you will receive feedback that you have knowledge at the B2 level. With such a result, you can enroll in our C1 courses. So:

  • The placement test result indicates your current starting level (e.g. English proficiency at the B2 level).
  • The course title always indicates the target level (e.g. English for Business Communication C1)

The placement test remains valid for two semesters: For the summer semester 2023 the current test results are valid as well as the results from the previous winter semester 2022/23.


The placement tests for SoSe 2023 will take place on the following test dates:

Calendar Week 9

  • Tue 18 February 2023: 1.00 - 4.00 p.m.
  • Wed 1 March 2023: 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. and 1.00 - 3.00 p.m.
  • Thu 2 March 2023: 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. and 1.00 - 4.00 p.m.

Calendar Week 10

  • Mon 6 March 2023: 2.00 - 5.00 p.m.
  • Tue 7 March 2023: 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. and 1.00 - 4.00 p.m.
  • Wed 8 March 2023: 1.00 - 3.00 p.m.
  • Thu 9 March 2023: 1.00 - 4.00 p.m.
  • Fri 10 March 2023: 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.

Calendar Week 11

  • Mon 13 March 2023: 2.00 - 5.00 p.m.
  • Tue 14 March 2023: 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. and 1.00 - 4.00 p.m.
  • Wed 15 March 2023: 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. and 2.00 - 5.00 p.m.