Information on the French DAAD Testing

During the current restrictions concerning corona viruses, we offer online testing on Moodle using e-proctoring.

The test dates/times will be visible 2 months in advance in the booking calendar, it is your responsibility to register for a test in time! You can only register for ONE TEST PER SEMESTER. Please cancel unneeded bookings in time to give someone else the chance to get a place (the cancellation link is in the confirmation email).

Important details about the e-proctored test

You need a relatively new computer with a webcam and a microphone (preferably a headset). A cell phone is not sufficient.

As a registered candidate you will receive a login key and a link to access the Moodle test page a few days before the test.

You will need to do a quick check of your setup BEFORE the test begins: This will ensure that you have a smooth techno experience during the actual test, and will give you the opportunity to find an alternative device if yours doesn't work. Without this check you will not have access to the actual test.

The 90-minute e-proctored test is available in a 2-hour 'window'. It is your responsibility to start early enough so that you can accomplish the test within this time frame.

Please register for the test using the link below. If no time window is available, it means that the day is fully booked. Since students who have an available place often cancel their place, it is worthwhile to come by often - maybe you will be lucky and get a fixed place shortly before the date.

Frequently Asked Questions (Answers)

Can I get a DAAD certificate without taking the test?

If you have successfully completed a TUM Language Center course of at least 3 ECTS credits, the Einzelleistungsnachweis will be accepted as proof of your language proficiency for all TUM exchange applications. In addition, take a look at the TUM Global & Alumni Office's list of acceptable alternatives for the TUMexchange program.

Please note: We do not ‘convert’ certificates from other institutions into DAAD certificates, we must have come into contact with you either in a course or in the test before we issue one!

I need a certificate to show my level of French, which one do I need?

Sorry, we are not the people to advise you. For the Erasmus exchange you will need to ask the Erasmus Beauftragte in your faculty. For TUM exchange, refer to the advice on the TUM Global & Alumni Office’s website:

http://www.international.tum.de/en/going-abroad/students/tumexchange/

I need a DAAD certificate, how do I get one?

There are two ways to get certification for an exchange program:

1. Attend and complete a TUM Language Center course of at least 3 ECTS credits – the Einzelleistungsnachweis can be used directly in the university’s exchange applications (TUMexchange, Erasmus+ etc).

2. Take the TUM Language Center test for DAAD certification – the test is offered year-round, check the website for details.

Please note: We do not ‘convert’ certificates from other institutions into DAAD certificates, we must have come into contact with you either in a course or in the test before we issue one!

How long is the certificate valid?

The DAAD certificate is generally considered valid for 2 years from the date of issue.

Where do I sign up for the test?

You can book a place for the test online at

https://tumdaadtesting.simplybook.me/v2/#book

If you are unable to take the test, please cancel the appointment via the link in the confirmation email from the booking site, so that another student can use it.

What does it cost?

The test is free for TUM students.

I took the test already. Can I take it again?

You may take the test a maximum of once per semester, so once in the WiSe (from October to Easter), once in the SoSe (from Easter to September).

How can I prepare for the test? Is there a preparation course?

The test for DAAD certification is a simple test of your current language skills. You can best prepare by regularly reading/ watching quality French language media and actively practising your productive language (written and spoken).

What will I have to do in the test?

The test consists of reading, writing, listening and speaking sections (both multiple choice and active production) and will take about 90 minutes.

I’m in Munich but I’m not a TUM student. Can I take the test?

Sorry, no. The test is only open to matriculated TUM students. You will need a TUMid and password to get into the computer-based test.

How long will it take to get my certificate?

If you have taken the Moodle based test, your certificate will be issued as a PDF within two weeks of the test. It will be sent directly to your TUM email address.

If you have requested a paper certificate, you should allow about 15 days before it will be ready for collection. You will receive an email when it is ready. You will need to show your matriculation card when you go to collect it.

I can’t pick up my certificate myself!

It is possible to nominate a friend to pick it up for you, contact the TUM Language Center office with the details. Alternatively, you can give the examiner a self-addressed, stamped envelope for them to post you the certificate.

I would like a DAAD certificate for my CV

As suggested by its name, the certificate from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service) is solely intended to facilitate your applications for international studies/ work experience.

The DAAD certificate is only recognised within academia and does not have the wide international acceptance (particularly in companies) of proficiency certification such as the Cambridge Exams, IELTS, TOEFL etc.

I have a special form that needs to be filled out for my internship/ exchange university. Can you sign it?

To know your level, you will have to take the DAAD test, or send us a copy of the Einzelleistungsnachweis for the TUM Language Center English course you have completed. We can then fill out this form for you on the basis of your level. Please bring a copy of the form you need to the test, or attach it and the Einzelleistungsnachweis as PDFs to your email.

I work at TUM, can I take the test?

The test is open to all matriculated students and staff, including PhD candidates: Each candidate should show a TUM ID card at the test.