Registration for English DAAD Testing at TUM

We are in the process of changing our registration system for the test.
 
REMEMBER: You may not need a DAAD test certificate at all! The exchange programs typically accept a range of proofs of proficiency; please check these out before asking for a test place.
 
Testing will resume in mid-September, please watch this space!

If you would like to get on the standby list for the last SoSe test on July 29th, please drop a mail to sprachenzentrum@tum.de with “DAAD English Standby” in the title.

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 English, 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?

Places for the test dates are limited so please organize yourself early! You can book a place for the test at MUC or WZW online at

http://www.sprachenzentrum.tum.de/en/languages/english/english-daad-testing/

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.

I made a booking for the test but I have no confirmation!

The system sends an automatic confirmation email upon booking to the address you typed in: Please check your spam folder if you cannot find it. If you still cannot find it, please contact us - don’t just make another booking.

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 1 to March 31), once in the SoSe (April 1 to September 30).

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 English language media and actively practising your productive language (written and spoken).

What will I have to do in the test?

Our computer-based test for DAAD certification is available on the MUC and Straubing campuses. It consists of reading, writing, listening and speaking sections (both multiple choice and active production) and will take about 2 hours.

Please be sure to have your matriculation card, TUMid and password with you!

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.

I need a place urgently and there are none left! Can I just turn up on the day?

Typically one or two students may not turn up for their booked test date. If you do not have a place you may be fortunate and be able to get a ‘no-show’, but we cannot promise one. If you plan to do this, please contact the DAAD coordinator at EnglishDAAD@zv.tum.de and be sure to introduce yourself as a standby candidate at the start of the test.

How long will it take to get my certificate?

Your certificate will be issued as a PDF within a week of the test. It will be sent directly to your TUM email address.

I need my certificate urgently! Can I get it sooner?

Speak to your DAAD examiner before the test to see if an earlier collection is possible. But please note, ultimately your lack of preparation is not our problem.

I consider myself a native speaker of English. Can you issue me a C2 certificate?

Sadly, we don’t have the resources to make alternative arrangements for every situation. You will need to follow the usual routes to obtain a DAAD certificate.

I need a paper copy of the DAAD certificate.

Sometimes an exchange institution will request an original, paper copy of the certificate. You will need to email documents to the office of the TUM Language Center (sprachenzentrum@zv.tum.de). Certificates will take about 10 days to issue.

If you took a DAAD test: Send an email to TUM Language Center attaching a scan of the DAAD certificate, or with your name and a or the (approximate) date of the test and a paper certificate can be issued. Please note, it will be issued with the date of the original test.

If you completed a TUM Language Center course: Email a copy of the Einzelleistungsnachweis to TUM Language Center.

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.

For these reasons, if you are determined to include a certificate in your CV, a printout from your own printer is more than adequate!

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.

I have dyslexia and am entitled to an extension of time during exams. Does this also apply to the TUM test for DAAD certification?

Yes, of course. Please send a PDF of your ‘Nachteilausgleich’ letter to the DAAD coordinator 2 weeks before your appointment date.