University of Heidelberg

Placement Test for the Kolleg für deutsche Sprache und Kultur (KSK)
and Entrance Examination for the Studienkolleg

Overview

  1. Basic information
  2. What is the exam format?
  3. How is the exam assessed?
  4. When and where does the exam take place?

1. Basic information

Please note:

  • Before attending the German language courses at the Kolleg für deutsche Sprache und Kultur, students take a written placement test.
  • Admission to the subject-specific core courses ("Schwerpunktkurse") at the Studienkolleg is regulated by means of a written entrance examination.
  • The placement test and the entrance examination are identical. Both exams are mandatory.

2. What is the exam format?

Part I: Grammar (grammatical structures, 45 min)
  The grammar tasks are typically arranged in levels of ascending difficulty: basic level (A1, A2) → intermediate level (B1, B2) → advanced level (C1). You may be asked to fill in missing word parts or sentence elements, do transformation tasks, and syntax exercises
  Sample Exam: Grammar (PDF document)
Part II: Either Listening Comprehension (30 min for completing the tasks, not including listening time) or Writing (guided written expression, 45 min)
 

The second part of the exam will be either (A) a listening comprehension or (B) a writing test. You cannot choose between the two variants.

Variant A: Listening Comprehension
A non-fictional text comprising approximately 30 lines which does not require subject-specific background knowledge will be read aloud twice while students may take notes. The individual tasks will require you to answer questions on the text and/or give an account of the most important facts.

Variant B: Writing
You will be asked to express yourself coherently and independently about a given topic by way of description, comparison, or comment. The task may be based on an illustration or a graph.

  Sample Exam: Writing (PDF document)

3. How is the exam assessed?

  • Parts I and II of the exam count equally (50/50).
  • The placement test for the German language courses at the KSK will be assessed following a specific grading points system. You will be assigned to the course level (A1 to C1) matching your test performance.
  • The number of students in the different subject-specific core courses ("Schwerpunktkurse") at the Studienkolleg is generally restricted to 20 each. Admission to these courses requires German language skills at a level of B2/C1.

4. When and where does the examination take place?

  Changes due to the coronavirus:
Please regularly check our →homepage for announcements of new dates and further information!
 

Summer semester 2021
Tue, Apr 06 2021 8:30 am Neue Universität, lecture halls
Winter semester 2021-22
Mon, Oct 04 2021 8:30 am Neue Universität, lecture halls

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