What is the test for?

The testAS measures the overall and subject-related aptitude of the applicant needed to effectively complete an undergraduate program in Germany. When taking the test, you don’t need to demonstrate any particular understanding or expertise in your study fields.

An undergraduate program is a degree program that ends with the first academic qualification. Before Magister and Diplom were all considered the first degree in Germany but the education system has changed a lot. Now, undergraduate usually refers to bachelor’s degrees only. However, in some law and medicine degrees, an undergraduate level can also include Magister, Diplom, and Staatsexamen. You can check out

for more information about different types of German degrees.



Benefits for students

The findings of the test can help to recognize your strengths as well as your weaknesses and assist you in selecting a study field that suits your capabilities. After the exam, you attain a true-to-life aspect of your opportunities to bring in a degree in your preferred field of study. You can also match how well you performed the exam with others. And you will get to know the typical requirements of the program you want to study.

Benefits for Universities

The TestAS provides universities a standardized technique to compare their applicants’ academic aptitude. The exam assesses the suitability of the candidates for their required degree program regardless of their nation of origin or scheme of grading. The individual students who have the necessary preconditions for a degree program may be chosen by each university. Academic advancement on the grounds of TestAS outcomes can be correctly predicted.


Recognition of TestAS varies between universities. While the TestAS is a mandatory prerequisite for admission to some universities, it may be recommended by others, but not required

The TestAS provides benefits at around 40 universities across Germany. The test serves in six colleges in North Rhine-Westphalia as an entry exam for candidates who have not gained a university entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur). You no longer need to join a foundation course after passing the TestAS. There are also comparable individualized entry processes offered by several universities in Brandenburg.

Facts and Figures

Languages: German or English Testing centers: 281 locations in 76 nations

For test dates and fees, check the information in your home country as they vary depending on where you take the test.

German universities that integrated the TestAS into their admission policies recognize the TestAS certificate. Each university may determine how heavily the results of the TestAS are to be weighed. Please ask your chosen university (or faculty) if the TestAS is counted in the acceptance assessment.



You can take the TestAS in German or English. Either way, your language levels must reach B1 or higher. The test consists of 2 parts: the core test and the test modules "subject-specific". The core test evaluates the general skills needed for all academic courses. The subject-specific exam courses assess the abilities required to finish a degree program in a particular field effectively.

One of four subject-specific modules can be selected:

  • Humanities, Cultural Studies, and Social Studies
  • Engineering
  • Math, Computer Science, and Natural Sciences
  • Economics

The TestAS certificate is valid permanently. You can check the final results online in 4 weeks through your TestAS accounts.

Preparation and Requirements

TestAS is not a measure of your knowledge, but rather an evaluation of your cognitive abilities. There is no particular knowledge being tested. Getting acquainted with the TestAS format is the best way to prepare for the exam. Sample questions can be found on the TestAS website. Before taking the exam, the TestAS Institute highly recommends that all candidates finish these sample answers.

Your language abilities should be equal to level B1 of the European Language Reference Framework to pass the language element of the TestAS. Please note, however, that if you want to study in Germany, B1 is below the necessary stage. If you are not satisfied with the results, you can sign up for a new coming TestAS. But keep in mind that only the last test results count. Also, be careful with time management! Otherwise, you will miss the university application deadlines for submitting the TestAS certificate.


The TestAS is different from the TestDaF! The TestDaF is a language exam that evaluates your German language abilities while the TestAS measures the cognitive abilities needed for university research. For more information, refer to the TestAS site at https://www.testas.de/de/testas.htm