General information about the DSH German test

The DSH test at level C1 is offered several times a year. Students at Fulda University and external participants may enrol for the test. Students and participants in the intensive course pay €70, external participants €130.

Questions and Answers on the DSH German Test

How is the DSH structured?

There is a written exam (ca. 3.5 hours) and, about 2-3 weeks later, an oral exam (20 minutes). Candidates need to reach a score of at least 57 % at the written test to be admitted to the oral test.

The written DSH consist of 4 parts:

1. Reading comprehension (200 points)
2. Structures of academic German (100 points)
3. Listening comprehension 200 points)
4. Writing (200 points)

Click here to see a sample exam. 

The oral DSH

1. Preparation (20 minutes)
2. Exam in the which one candidate is interviewd by two examiners(20 minutes)

How to prepare for the DSH?

Hochschule Fulda offers three different courses, intensive courses and DSH trainings.

  • The intensive courses starting at level B1 or level B2 are offered every semester. More information on the courses...
  • The 13-day DSH training courses are usually offered before the DSH in March and in September. They are aimed at test takers who have reached level C1 and who would like to learn about the structure and requirements of the exam.
  • The new 2-day intensive DHS trainings are offered for test takers at level C1 who prefer a short preparatory block seminar.


Who needs to take the DSH exam?

All students who have obtained their school-leaving certificate abroad must pass the DSH German language test or an equivalent test to enrol in a degree programme taught in German at a German university. The DSH certificate proves that their written and oral knowledge of German is good enough for them to complete an academic programme of study.

These tests are equivalent to the DSH exam:

  • Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (TestDaF), TDN 4 in allen Teilen
  • Prüfungsteil Deutsch der Feststellungsprüfung an Studienkollegs
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz - Stufe II (DSD II)
  • Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung des Goethe-Instituts (ZOP)
  • Kleines oder Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom
  • A degree in German as a foreign language can be recognized as equivalent - subject to an individual assessment by the International Office

For programmes that are not taught in German or for international students who spend a semester abroad at Fulda University, a DSH exam or an equivalent certificate is not required.

Further information and advice

Natalia Timper

Director of the examination board for the German Language Test "DSH"


Building 22 , Room 204
Natalia Timper+49 661 9640-
Consultation hours
on appointment

Further information and advice

Lilia Lang

Secretary of the Department

Building 22 , Room 202
Lilia Lang+49 661 9640-
Consultation hours
Mon to Thu 9 am - 2 pm
Office hours
Wed to Fri 10 am - 2 pm