DSH - German Language University Entrance Exam for Foreign Students

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General Information on the DSH

Those who wish to get admitted to a study programme in Germany must be able to provide proof of sufficient German language skills. This verification can be provided by passing the so-called DSH examination.

The DSH is an advanced level examination of language usage in an academic context. Prerequisite for sitting for this exam is, therefore, that interested students have previously completed 800 to 1,000 hours of German lessons.
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Target Group

The DSH is geared to foreign applicants who would like to pursue studies at the HTW or continue at the HTW with studies already begun in their native country. This means that all application documents for the desired study programme at the HTW should first be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Enrolment by the stipulated application cut-off periods (December and June, respectively). Only then can you register to sit for the DSH at the HTW. Applications may only be submitted to Ms Julia Cadete La O (Students Service Centre).

Foreign applicants can find information on applying to the HTW here: Applications
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Examination Fee

The examination fee of 130.00 euros must be paid by every applicant upon registration.
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The Examination

The DSH consists of one written and one oral exam.

The written exam is made up of the following task areas:
  1. Comprehension and processing of a dictated text
  2. Guideline-oriented text production
  3. Comprehension and processing of a written text
  4. Processing linguistic structures of a scholarly-terminological nature
The examination takes approximately 4.5 hours.

The individual task areas may be combined with one another.

In the oral examination, the linguistic and oral competency of the candidate is ascertained. The exam is structured like a discussion, the starting point of which is based on a thematic text from the university applicant’s field of experience.
Candidates are expected to portray the text’s facts in a coherent, adequate manner, use supportive and supplementary examples, and prove that they are in the position to question, contradict, make conjectures, etc. The duration of the oral examination is a total of 40 minutes; the first 20 minutes are for preparations and the exam situation itself runs for the remaining 20 minutes.
In preparation for the DSH, candidates can obtain more information on the individual sections of the exam in a personal consultation (contact: Dr Sabine Knoop).
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Results of the Examination

All components of the exam are equally weighted.
Depending on the results attained in the individual exam components - 57, 67 or 87% - either a DSH 1, DSH 2 or DSH 3 certificate will be issued.
DSH-2 and DSH-3 are one of the admission requirements for studying at the HTW Berlin.

The DSH may be repeated once, at the very earliest after the end of one complete term.
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Registration and Exam Dates

You can find the dates and deadlines for registration and exams in the "Dates for Certified Exams" section in the overview of dates and deadlines.
Registration and Exam Dates
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Further Information and Contact

For further information please contact Dr Sabine Knoop (Foreign Language Centre, language group "other languages").
 
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