Placement Test for the Kolleg für deutsche Sprache
und Kultur (KSK)
and Entrance Examination for the Studienkolleg
1. Basic information
- Before attending the German language courses at the →Kolleg für deutsche Sprache und Kultur, students take a written placement test.
- Admission to the subject-specific core courses ("Schwerpunktkurse") at the →Studienkolleg is regulated by means of a written entrance examination.
- The placement test and the entrance examination
are identical. Both exams are
2. What is the exam format?
|||Part I: Grammar (grammatical structures, 45 min)|
|The grammar tasks are typically arranged in levels of ascending difficulty: basic level (A1, A2) → intermediate level (B1, B2) → advanced level (C1). You may be asked to fill in missing word parts or sentence elements, do transformation tasks, and syntax exercises|
|→Sample Exam: Grammar (PDF document)|
|||Part II: Either Listening Comprehension (30 min for completing the tasks, not including listening time) or Writing (guided written expression, 45 min)|
The second part of the exam will be either (A) a listening comprehension or (B) a writing test. You cannot choose between the two variants.
Variant B: Writing
|→Sample Exam: Writing (PDF document)|
3. How is the exam assessed?
- Parts I and II of the exam count equally (50/50).
- The placement test for the German language courses at the KSK will be assessed following a specific grading points system. You will be assigned to the course level (A1 to C1) matching your test performance.
- The number of students in the different subject-specific core courses ("Schwerpunktkurse") at the Studienkolleg is generally restricted to 20 each. Admission to these courses requires German language skills at a level of B2/C1.