Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Language Centre

English language tests

The language test is in the form of a proficiency tests as required for DAAD or other grants or for participating in exchange programmes.

It is administered several times per semester. Humboldt students and participants in current courses pay a fee of 20 EUR.
Please contact the secretary’s office for a test date.

If you are in a course currently or have completed one recently, please contact your teacher.

Being of a diagnostic character, there is no special preparation for the test. We strongly recommend, however, that you study the sample tests and prepare by practising your written and oral English, especially if you haven’t used English lately.

Test procedure
  1. Writing - choice of topics (20 minutes)
  2. Reading comprehension
    • Questions to be answered in writing (20 minutes)
    • Authentic academic text of ca. 600 words
  3. Listening comprehension
    • Authentic academic text (5 minutes long) presented once
    • Questions to be answered in writing (10 minutes)
  4. Speaking
  • Discussion of questions pertaining to course of studies (5-7 minutes)


The media library has examples of previous reading and listening comprehension tests (with answer keys).