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Information on the Placement Test

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FSZ Team-Support Phone: +49 521 106-67125


Our new language placement test procedure is now active. We have retained the format of the classic C-Test, but have now integrated it into the university's Moodle. You can find all the details on this page.


If you have any knowledge of the languages

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

and want to do a language course at the FSZ for the first time , you need to take a placement test to establish your skill level and help you find the right course for you.

The C-Test can be done once every semester per language and remains valid for three semesters.

Therefore, generally dates in two test-phases are offered.

The Placement Test is adapted to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

This is a special cloze test based on scientific findings on language skills. There are 125 gaps in total, with which you can achieve a maximum of 100 points. Please bear in mind that with this language placement test you are not expected to be able to fill in all the gaps, as this would correspond to the level of L1 speakers. So you should not be disappointed if you have to leave many gaps open. This is only a placement test, not an exam.


The new language placement test procedure is now online and you can register for it here. Online and in person appointments are offered. Students of Romance Studies can only take the test in person at our department.


If you have taken a standardized and commonly accepted language test (e.g TELF, TOEFL, TOEIC, DELF, etc…) and your certificate is no older than two years, you may qualify for exemption from our C-test. A longer stay abroad may be taken into consideration.

For English you can first check this equivalency chart to see what level you qualify for and then contact with a copy of your certificate to have it approved.

For other languages, you will need to write an email to the coordinator for the language you want to study. Please, enclose a scanned copy of your certificate in your email and the coordinator will inform you of your course qualification level.

Yes, the C-test is necessary to take courses of the romance language modules. Deviating terms might apply.

For more information:

Some helpful advice on the C-test can be found here: English or German

What points are needed for different levels and courses?

C-Test Point Table for All Languages

For those who want to take a quick test to see at which level around you are, we recommend the quick language tests for English, German, French, Italian and Spanish at or for Turkish.

These tests are not sufficient for us. The reasons are: Tests basically only give you approximate values. So that they don't completely lose their meaning, factors of time and spontaneity play an important role.

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