What is onDaF?

The onDaF is a standardized online placement test for learners of German as a foreign language who would like to assess their German language knowledge.

The onDaF can provide learners with rapid and precise feedback about their general language skills. This feedback can support learners in preparing for the TestDaF or the DSH.

The onDaF is based on the C-test principle. C-tests are written integrative language tests to measure general language knowledge. The test cannot be passed or failed, it is simply an assessment of your current level. The onDaF consists of 8 fill-in-the-blank texts with different themes and difficulty levels. You have a maximum of 5 minutes times to complete each gap text. Altogether, the test takes a maximum of 40 minutes.

You will receive the certificate with your test results and placement level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages immediately after the test.

You may take the onDaF test as many times as you wish. For each onDaF test you will need a new registration.

Please notice: The onDaF certificate cannot replace the DSH or the TestDaF or any other language level certification for admission to a German university. The onDaF is not a language test for entering a university in Germany. Rather, it provides a rapid and global assessment of your general language skills. The onDaF placement level helps you find a language course that best fits your proficiency level.

Specific information about the onDaF is available on the > onDaF Homepage.


Examination Dates @ IfS

At the moment we do not offer test dates for onDaF.


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