German certification: all you need to know about the TestDaf

The TestDaf is a German language certificate recognized by all higher education institutions in Germany. 

Unlike other German language diplomas, the TestDaf is valid for life.

What is the test’s purpose?

The TestDaf offers three diplomas: TDN 3, TDN 4 and TDN 5, each corresponding to a level of German on the CEFR scale. The TestDaf is aimed at candidates who wish to start or continue higher education in Germany. This test assesses candidates’ analytical and argumentation abilities, evaluating whether they have the necessary skills to participate in a professional or academic setting. This test is only open to non-native speakers of German.

Note: no specialist knowledge is required to take the TestDaf.

What does the test involve?

This German test assesses four language skills:

  • Listening: the candidate listens to audio clips and answers questions.
  • Reading: candidates answer questions about a text using academic language.
  • Speaking: the candidate speaks about several given topics.
  • Writing: the candidate writes a text on a given topic.

How long does the test take?

The test takes 3 hrs 25 min:

  • Listening: 40 minutes
  • Reading: 60 minutes
  • Speaking: 35 minutes 
  • Writing: 60 minutes 

What levels can the TestDaf assess?

TestDaf covers levels B2 and C1 on the CEFR scale. 

  • TestDaf-Level 3 (TDN 3) corresponds to level B2.
  • TestDaf-Level 4 (TDN 4) corresponds to level B2-C1.
  • TestDaf-Level 5 (TDN 5) corresponds to level C1.
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What grading system does the TestDaf use?

Scores range from 3 to 5 and correspond to the three levels mentioned above (from weakest to strongest): TDN 3, TDN 4 and TDN 5. 

How much does the test cost? Where can you take it?

The TestDaf costs €195 and candidates take the test in approved centers, of which there are 400 in 80 countries. 

The TestDaf at a glance

PublisherGoethe-InstitutWunderbla (by Gymglish)
Name of diplomaTestDafWunderbla learning report  
Validity periodLifetimeLifetime
Language skills testedReading, listening, writing, speakingReading, listening, writing 
Target level(s)B2 to C1All levels, except beginners (A2 to C2)
Price€ 175From € 21 /month
Duration3 hrs 25 minTraining for 6, 12, 24 or 36 months
Face-to-face / RemoteAt a test centerRemote / online

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