telc Language Certificates - the European Dimension for Establishments of Higher Learning

telc stands for The European Language Certificates. Behind this name is not only a long tradition, but also a clear philosophy.

The non-profit telc LLC, a subsidiary of the German Adult Education Association, has been developing and distributing scientifically sound and standardized language tests for over 40 years. The aim from the beginning was to promote multilingualism against the background of a Europe that grows ever closer together - and thus to create opportunities.

And today? With more than 50 certificates for nine European languages, telc LLC offers reliable proof of language skills for a wide variety of target groups. telc language certificates have so far been recognized in 20 European countries. They document language competence in the areas of listening, reading, speaking and writing: for job training, studies and work.

telc exams from levels A1 to C1 can be taken at our institute at any time. There must always be 14 days between registration and the exam date. To register, test participants must Aristoteles Institut by phone or e-mail, then come to the office and pay any test fees in advance.


This exam proves simple German skills. It is a requirement for entering Germany as a late repatriate as well as for the visa for family reunification respectively the immigration of spouses.


This exam proves basic German skills in a private, public or professional area.


This exam proves a sufficient control of German in everyday situations in private, professional, familiar or public areas.
The level of German is sometimes accepted when applying for an apprenticeship.


This exam proves a largely effortless control of German in complex and abstract situations in private, professional, familiar or public areas.


With this exam you prove a clearly structured, effortless use of German in complex and abstract situations.
In some cases this exam is accepted as entrance requirement for an admittance to a university or college.

C1 Hochschule

This exam tests university-relevant language skills on a very advanced level. This exam is designed for adults who want to study at a German university or college, who are currently studying or work in an academic profession and want to certify their German skills.
This exam is accepted by many universities and colleges.

DTZ Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer

The DTZ is the final exam of integration courses. It tests German skills on the levels B1 and A2 combined. If it is passed with a B1 level, the DTZ is regarded as prove of language skills for receiving the German citizenship.
Together with the orientation course it is the final step of the integration course.

BAMF Test „Leben in Deutschland“

The Test “Leben in Deutschland” takes place on a separate date following an Orientation Course as part of an Integration Course (state-funded). The test contains, for example, questions about Germany's political system, religious diversity and equality between men and women.

Each test participant receives a questionnaire with a total of 33 questions from a bank of 330 questions. There are four possible answers to each question.

The participants must choose the correct answer. Participants have 60 minutes to answer 33 questions. The participant passes if at least 15 of 33 questions have been answered correctly. It states in § 10 paragraph 1 line 1 number 7 of the Staatsangehörigkeitsgesetzes (Nationality Act), for the Nachweis der Kenntnisse (Proof of knowledge), correctly answering at least 17 of the 33 items is required as stated in § 1 paragraph 3 of the Einbürgerungstestverordnung  (Naturalization Test Ordinance).


The Test of German as a Foreign Language (TestDaF – Test Deutsch als Frendsprache) is a language test for anyone who has intermediate to advanced knowledge of the German language and would like to test that knowledge.

Anyone wishing to study in Germany must show proof of sufficient language skills before enrolling at a university.

This proof can be provided through the TestDaF. It is organized by the TestDaF Institute in Bochum and carried out on the same day in 75 countries worldwide - including Aristoteles Institute in Bremen.

The TestDaF is also suitable for students who must prove their German language skills in their home country, as well as for scientists who are planning a stay at a university in Germany and want to verify their German level.

Registration takes place online on pre-specified dates at www.testdaf.de.

TestAS Test für ausländische Studierende

The TestAS (Acronym for Test für ausländische Studierende meaning “Test for foreign students”) is a central, standardized university-level academic aptitude test for foreign students. The TestAS results provide prospective university students from abroad with information about where they stand compared to other university applicants. Good TestAS results improve a candidate’s chances of admittance to a Germany university.

The TestAS measures intellectual abilities that are required for successful study. Specific knowledge is not required; the test does not verify specialist knowledge. Each task type captures a different aspect of the cognitive skills that are important for the study.

The TestAS consists of a core test to assess general academic ability and four specific test modules to assess those skills that are relevant to a given field of study. The addition of language screening provides indications as to whether and to what extent test performance may be impaired by deficits in language competence.

Registration takes place online on pre-defined dates at www.testas.de.