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Language certificates / placement tests

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International language certificates

What is an international language certificate?

An international language certificate provides evidence that you master a particular language at a certain level. Tests for international language certificates are conducted using internationally recognized standards. These certificates are often required by universities and employers to ensure that applicants master a language at an appropriate level.

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The next available TestDaF test date (digital TestDaF) at RWU Ravensburg-Weingarten University will be held on Tuesday 6 February, 2024. Registration is only possible via the TestDaF Portal.

Dates of the next preparation course:
Friday 12 Jan + 19 Jan + 26 Jan, 2024 ONLINE and Saturday 20 Jan + 27 Jan, 2024 room H 104

Please register in LSF, LSF-No. 5748 The digital TestDaF - Preparation course for the preparation course.

If you are not officially enrolled as a student at the university, you are welcome to attend the course as a guest student to participate in the TestDaF preparation. To enroll as a guest student, please contact Ms. Müller .

The TestDaF primarily tests whether the examinee's German language skills are sufficient for university studies in Germany. Reading, listening, writing and speaking in German are tested.The TestDaF assesses whether the examinee can comprehend scientific texts (reading and listening) and participate in communication in courses and seminars and in everyday university life (writing and speaking). Therefore, a good knowledge of B2/C1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is required.

Further information can be found on the  TestDaF website.


English language certificates

You need an official, globally recognized language certificate for English? To apply at a college/university abroad? We recommend to take either the TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language iBT) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

The TOEFL iBT is now also offered in an online format as Home Edition, see the ETS website for details. Please clarify in advance which certificate is recognized.

Do you need an internationally recognized English language certificate to start your professional career? Tests such as the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication), the Cambridge Business Qualifications or also IELTS are suitable tests to prove your knowledge and skills in this area.

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Language certificates in other languages

If you would like to obtain an internationally recognized language certificate in French, Spanish or Italian, please click on the appropriate exam(s):

French: DELF, DALF

Spanish: DELE


Placement tests and assessment of language skills

assessment of english language skills

The assessment of English language skills at RWU is consists of two parts: First, you will take the Oxford Placement Test, which tests reading, writing, and listening skills. To do this, please register for one of the test dates in LSF , LSF-No.  4849 Language Certificates/English Placement Tests. You may register for the test dates via LSF up to two days before the test date. Please note that there are no test dates in August and September. For further information on the Oxford Placement Test format please see here.

The second part of the language test consists of an interview in English with our English lecturer Ms Lisa Walz to assess your speaking skills. For the interview date, please get in touch with Ms Walz.

The test results are valid for 2 years. After 12 months you can repeat the test.

Want some extra practice before taking the OPT? Our FAQ Language Courses 'Where can I find suitable online practice materials' will help.

NB: Participation in the test is only possible for the purpose of applying for a stay abroad (study semester or internship/internship abroad) or for the purpose of internal application for an RWU Master's program. Test takers who take the test to find out the level of their English language skills, i.e. who take the test without a valid reason, will incur costs.

Assessment of other languages

If you need a assessment of language skills for another foreign language offered at RWU Ravensburg-Weingarten University, you will also have to take a placement test. Your grammar and vocabulary knowledge will be tested online, and your speaking and listening comprehension will be tested by the respective language teacher.

To arrange an appointment, please get in touch with CLIC .

Online placement tests

If you are not sure which course corresponds to your level, simply take the online placement test at

The test is free, takes about 15 minutes, and will help you to quickly assess your language level and select the appropriate course from our program.

Some language publishers also offer free online placement tests for various languages.

Contact & People

General contact details

On campus
Building C
Leibnizstr. 11
88250 Weingarten
Postal address RWU Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten
University of Applied Sciences
P.O. Box 30 22
88216 Weingarten

Head of Language Center

Natalia De Pascale Speck

Leiterin CLIC Sprachenzentrum
Director CLIC Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication
Natalia de Pascale-Speck


Dolores Müller

Webredakteurin, Brandschutzhelferin

Professional English

Monja de Silva M.A.

Lektorin für Englisch / Lecturer for English
 Monja de Silva

German as a foreign language

Anna Geisler M.A.

Lektorin für Deutsch als Fremdsprache