Where can I take a German proficiency test?
Once you start learning German, you may want or need to take a proficiency test. If you plan on studying at a German university, you need to find out which test is required or recommended. Before being admitted to higher education in Germany you will generally be required to take a German language proficiency test - "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang" (DSH) or "Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache" (TestDaF). Of course, if you enroll in an International Degree Program, you will most likely be exempt from taking these tests.

Click here for more information about the tests normally required for German university admission.

You do not need to take a university language entrance examination if you have already passed one of the following tests:
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom (German Language Diploma); Level II
  • Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (Central Advanced Test)
  • Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom (Intermediate German Language Diploma)
  • Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (Advanced German Language Diploma)

Tests you may need to take to find employment in Germany are:
  • Prüfung Wirtschaftsdeutsch International (International Test for Business German)
  • Zertifikat Deutsch (Certificate German)
  • Zertifikat Deutsch für den Beruf (Certificate German for Business)

Testing Centers in North America  
You can register to take most of the abovementioned tests, including the Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (TestDaF), at these testing centers in North America:

Chicago Goethe-Institut
Phone: (312) 263-0474
Email: LanguageAssistant@goethe-chicago.org

Davidson College, North Carolina
Phone: (704) 894-2855
Email: scdenham@davidson.edu

Deutsches Haus at New York University, NYC
Phone: (212) 998-8660
Email: deutsches.haus@nyu.edu
Offers the Zertifikat Deutsch and Zentrale Mittelstufenpruefung exams, in cooperation with the Goethe Institut.

Washington Goethe-Institut
Phone: (202) 289-1200 x214
Email: fwagner@washington.goethe.de

Toronto Goethe-Institut
Phone: (416) 593-5257
Email: language@toronto.goethe.org

Université de Montreal
Phone: (514) 343-6235
Email: manuel.meune@umontreal.ca

Testing Centers in Germany
Testing Centers in Germany  
Testing Centers in Germany