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TestAS- Test for Academic Studies

TestAS developed by ITB Consulting, Bonn, and TestDaF Institute, Bochum and supported by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), is a central standardised scholastic aptitude test which assesses intellectual abilities vital for university studies. TestAS is conducted in German and English. The TestAS result enables applicants to realistically evaluate their prospects of successfully completing their studies at a German university. TestAS can be taken all over the world in licensed test centres.

Eligibility

Students from non-EU countries who are planning to do undergraduate studies at German universities are eligible for TestAS.

Timing

You can take the TestAS twice a year.

Registration

You have to register online at https://www.testas.de/en/registrierung_en.htm . Once you are registered, you will receive a verification mail. You can then book a test date with your user name and password and choose the test centre of your choice.

Dates and Deadlines

The deadline for registration and booking is about five weeks prior to the TestAS exam.

Fees

The participation is free of charge.

Format

TestAs comprises of three major parts: Language Test, Core test and Subject-Specific test. The Language Screening is an internet-based test. The Core Test and the Subject-Specific Tests are paper-based tests in a multiple choice format.

a. Language Test
This language test measures general language skills in German or English. It takes consists of six texts. You are asked to fill in the blanks online.
Duration: 30 minutes

b. Core Test
The Core Test is a paper-based multiple choice test. It measures intellectual abilities needed for successful studies in all academic courses.
Duration: 110 minutes

c. Subject-Specific Test
The subject-specific test measures cognitive abilities required for successful studies in selected fields of study. Students can choose from one of the following modules:
  • Humanities, Cultural Studies and Social Sciences Module
  • Economics Module
  • Engineering Module
  • Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences Module
    Duration: 150 minutes

Economics Module

The test module for Economic Sciences consists of two subtests:
  • Analysing Economic Interrelationships: It involves analyszing and interpreting economic diagrams, charts and tables.
  • Analysing Processes: It requires formaliszing processes and analyzing flow charts.

  • Total Number of questions: 22 questions in each subtest.

Test Engineering Module

The test module for Engineering Sciences consists of three subtests:
  • Formalising Technical Interrelationships: It requires formaliszed representation of data.    Visualiszing Solids: It involves identifying three-dimensional objects. This subtest consists of two parts with 13 questions each, hence, total 26 questions.

  • Analysing Technical Interrelationships: It involves analyses and interpretation of technical diagrams, charts and tables.

  • Total Number of questions: 22 questions each in the sub tests.

Humanities, Cultural Studies and Social Sciences Module

The test module consists of three subtests:
  • Understanding and Interpreting Texts: It requires formaliszed representation of texts.
  • Using Representation Systems Flexibly: This subtest involves identifying three-dimensional objects
  • Recognising Linguistic Structures: In this, you need to analysze and interpret technical diagrams, charts and tables.
  • Total Number of questions: 22 questions each in the subtests.

Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences Module

The test module consists of two sub tests:
  • Analyszing Scientific Interrelationships: Involves formalizsed representation of data and identifying relationship between them.
  • Understanding Formal Depictions: This subtest involves identifying three-dimensional objects
  • Total Number of questions: 22 questions each in the subtests.

Scoring and Results

The results of each section of the TestAS are computed automatically. There is no minimum score and thus no pass mark. The result of the language screening is given as a level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, i.e., A2 to B1.  As well, you will get a certificate which shows your achievements in the subtest in points, percentile ranks and standard values. The validity of the certificate is unlimited.

Essentials to carry on the test day

  1. Admission Email
    The Admission Email will have printed on it your personal details, date, time and venue of the test. This email is your permission to attend the test and a printed copy must be taken with you on the day.

  2. Identification Proof
    - On the day of the test you will be required to present an original identification document. The only acceptable documents are:
    - a valid passport, or
    - a current, photo-bearing driver’s license (learner’s permit, or full license),or
    - A certified letter of identification: This letter must be on official institution and contain your name, date of birth, signature and title of the official verifying the identification, as well as your own signature. The letter must also have a passport photo glued to the letter with institution stamp overlapping the photo.

  3. Stationery
    - Blue or black point pen
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