Planning to pass TestDaF first time round?

Then undertake a professional and carefully focused exam preparation course at the Sprachinstitut TREFFPUNKT TestDaF-Centre in Bamberg!

To do so, you will need to ensure that …

  • your command of German is carefully analyzed – please take a look at our placement C-Test
  • you have reached an appropriate level to undertake our exam preparatory classes
  • you are prepared to invest the necessary time and energy in the course.

Level system of TestDaF

TestDaF is an advanced level language exam and spans levels B2.2. to C1.2 of the Common European Framework. TestDaF assesses your proficiency level and awards the following grades:

  • TestDaF-level 5 (TDN 5) - pass
  • TestDaF-level 4 (TDN 4) - pass
  • TestDaF-level 3 (TDN 3) - a pass for some technical colleges but not universities

TestDaF 5 (TDN 5) is the highest level. A level of TDN 4 shows that you are linguistically qualified to study at any German university. TestDaF does not differentiate between levels lower than TDN 3 - instead it is simply stated that the exam participant has not yet reached the TestDaF entry level.

Common European Framework for Languages

Basic User

Independent User

Proficient User





Effective Proficiency


A1.1 A1.2 A2.1 A2.2 B1.2 B1.2 B2.1 B2.2 C1.1 C1.2 C2.1 C2.2


TDN 3          |          TDN 4          |          TDN 5


TestDaF registration

To register for the exam TestDaF go to the website of the TestDaF-Institute and fill in the TestDaF registration form online. You will choose on the online form the Test-DaF-Exam-Center in Germany, e.g. in Bamberg, Sprachinstitut TREFFPUNKT, Hauptwachstraße 19, 96047 Bamberg.

Payment is made directly to the TestDaF institute either via bank transfer or with credit card. The enrolment is not done at the TestDaF-Exam-Center Bamberg anymore. You will be forwarded a confirmation of your enrolment right away after having enrolled.

TestDaF preparation

To pass an exam it will certainly help you to attend  our highly intensive exam preparation course. We offer a preparatory training in form of a tailor made one-to-one training to develop all your written skills beside your oral, listening and reading comprehension.

If you would like to book that intensive and effective training, please find out more about the TestDaF preparation course.

When attending a preparatory training your knowledge of German grammar and vocabulary should already corresponds to the level B2.2 or above. The focus will be on developing exam techniques using specimen and previous exams rather than repeating grammar and vocabulary. If you have not yet reached level B2.2 we strongly recommend that you attend the German Intensive-Plus-Course.

Schedule for the TestDaF exam and the deadline

TestDaF exam date


TestDaF registration deadline

TestDaF results published up from


20. September 2016


26.07.2016 - 23.08.2016


08. November 2016


13.09.2016 - 11.10.2016



14. February 2017


22.11.2016 - 17.01.2017


28. April 2017


01.03.2017 - 29.03.2017


14. June 2017


19.04.2017 - 17.05.2017


19. July 2017


24.05.2017 - 21.06.2017


20. September 2017


26.07.2017 - 23.08.2017


16. November 2017


21.09.2017 - 19.10.2017


Detailled information on the structure of TestDaF

The total exam. time is 190 minutes plus a break of around 50 minutes.

I. Reading comprehension - 60 minutes:
This section of the exam. consists of 3 texts of increasing difficulty.
Text 1 = A short text from an everyday situation at university - matching ten statements to short paragraphs = 10 minutes
Text 2 = journalistic text on an academic subject - 10 questions must be answered, 450-550 words, multiple choice (three possibilities) = 20 minutes
Text 3 =Academic specialist text - 10 questions must be answered, 550-600 words, multiple choice (three possibilities) = 20 minutes
Transcribing answers = 10 minutes

BREAK = 05 minutes

II. Listening Comprehension - 40 minutes:
This section of the exam. consists of three spoken texts of increasing difficulty.
Text 1 = Everyday conversation, dialogue from university life. The conversation lasts 2-3 minutes, there are 8 questions and answers must be given in key words. You will hear the dialogue only once.
Text 2 = A radio interview or discussion on a subject related to study or a general academic subject. The interview lasts 3-4 minutes. You must determine whether ten statements are true or false. You will hear the interview only once.
Text 3 = This is a longer text - a presentation or another interview on an academic subject. The text lasts 4-5 minutes and you will hear it twice.
Transcribing answers = 10 minutes

BREAK = 30 minutes

III. Written Expression = 60 minutes
For this section of the exam. you are required to write a text. An integral part of this section is the description of facts which are represented in diagrammatic or tabular form. In constructing the text, the following structure should be taken into account: introduction - linking paragraph - description of a diagram or table - linking paragraph - main argument - conclusion.

BREAK = 10 minutes

IV. Oral Expression = 30 minutes
This section of the exam. consists of 7 oral tasks. You will be required to give information - specifically to give advice, make requests and to persuade somebody of your point of view. In addition you must describe a diagram or table and express and justify your opinion on a specified topic.

Comparison of TestDaF with DSH

TestDaF takes place on 6 different dates per year, as opposed to 2.

The TestDaF exam lasts just one day - the DSH lasts two.

The TestDaF exam is standardised throughout Germany and is not dependent on a particular county or university - i.e. the exam standard is the same for all participants.


About the TestDaF centre in Bamberg: TREFFPUNKT Language Institute

TREFFPUNKT Language Institute, founded in 1995, is an international language institute for adults learning German as a foreign language. The language school is a member of FaDaF (Fachverband Deutsch als Fremdsprache e.V.) and is recognized by the State for further training study.

Our language institute is positioned next to the Main-Danube canal at the beginning of the pedestrian zone in Bamberg and is a comfortable 12 minute walk from the train station. Our teaching rooms are purpose-built, light and functionally furnished. We are a high quality school with an open and friendly atmosphere.

The lessons are taken by well-qualified and experienced teachers, most of whom have a great deal of experience in both teaching abroad and in Germany, as well as having the obligatory academic training. We place great importance on intercultural and communication-orientated teaching. We offer the newest methods in language teaching - our close contact with the German faculty at Bamberg University ensures we are always up to date. As we are a small, highly specialized language institute with German students from all over the world, we focus particularly on our participants individual wishes and learning goals. You will definitely feel good here and as a result will learn quickly!

Sprachinstitut TREFFPUNKT – learn German both with us and from us and get to know Germany here in Bamberg!