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Assessment tests

In order to determine which language courses require an assessment test, please refer to the curricula of Language Centre WST and Language Centre TR

The tests are offered at the start and in the middle of each semester. The test dates will be published in the university news ("Neuigkeiten") on the German web page in due time.

What will the format of the tests be?
Electronic assessment test (English)

For those students,

  • who would like to attend an English language course in the coming semester and would like to know which course is right for them
  • who need obligatory proof of their language skills in order to be placed in the right course
  • who would like to be able to better assess their English language skills
  • who would like to obtain the university UNIcert® certificate and need to be graded for this
General language test
  • In addition to the electronic assessment test, students must take an oral assessment test in order to register for our English UNIcert® courses (UNIcert® II and UNIcert® III).
  • Students must take an oral and a written examination in order to register for the Spanish and French UNIcert® courses (UNIcert® Basis and UNIcert® I and II).
  • Students must take an oral examination in order to register for the Italian and Russian UNIcert® courses.
  • Students who require a DAAD certificate for their language skills in all four disciplines (writing, speaking, reading and listening), e.g. for an internship or studies abroad, must take both the written and oral parts of the examination.
  • Absolute beginners and students who have already successfully completed the UNIcert® pre-course are exempt from the general language tests.

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Weihenstephan assessment tests

Due to the current situation, no oral or written assessment tests will be held this semester at Weihenstephan Language Centre.

We will announce when the next oral and written assessment tests will be taking place in due course in the university news, on this page and on notice boards.

Weihenstephan assessment tests

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Triesdorf assessment tests

Triesdorf assessment tests

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Certificates

UNIcert® Foreign Language Certificate

The Language Centre at the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences offers students at both of the University’s campuses in Weihenstephan and Triesdorf the opportunity to acquire a UNIcert® Foreign Language Certificate. This is an inter-university and supra-regional additional qualification that guarantees a comparable level of training. UNIcert® is currently offered at some 60 universities.

The UNIcert® formation programme offers foreign language training that is specific to universities and geared towards studying, practical training and the workplace. It allows students to become acquainted with the culture of the target language country and provides students with both foreign-language and intercultural skills. The programme enables students to successfully undertake work placements and studies abroad and boosts mobility and competitiveness among graduates on the national and international labour market.

The following UNIcert® foreign language programmes are offered:

  • UNIcert® Basic in French, Italian and Spanish (all eight hours per week) and Russian (10 hours per week):

    The basic introductory level comprises four successive courses:

    • French, Italian, Spanish: Course 1, 2, 3 and 4 (all two hours per week) for beginners with no previous knowledge.
    • Course 3 and 4 (both two hours per week): it is possible for students who have demonstrated language skills in a placement test at level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages to join the programme at course 3.
    • Russian: Course 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 (all two hours per week) for beginners with no previous knowledge. It is possible for students who have demonstrated language skills in a placement test at level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages to join the programme at course 4.

    Learning objective: To acquire basic, everyday language and intercultural communication skills. UNIcert® Basic corresponds to level "A2 – Elementary" of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the European Council.

    Conditions for participating in UNIcert® training at the basic introductory level

    The courses generally aim to build on knowledge acquired in school. Students with corresponding previous knowledge do not have to attend the basic course if this is below their level as determined by a placement test at the start of the semester. The corresponding exams must be taken at the end of the UNIcert® training.

    Regular attendance (at least 75%) at all UNIcert® classes is required and is a prerequisite for taking the exams.

    Certificate

    After successfully completing all mandatory courses, participants shall receive a UNIcert® Certificate for the UNIcert® basic introductory level.

     

  • UNIcert® I in French and Spanish (four hours per week):

    Level I comprises two successive courses:

    • French/Spanish – Intermediate 1 and 2 (both two hours per week); for students who have completed UNIcert® Basic or have demonstrated language skills in a placement test at level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

    Learning objective: To acquire basic, everyday language and intercultural communication skills; to acquire the linguistic skills to cope with simple, everyday situations at university and the workplace. UNIcert® I corresponds to level "B1-Intermediate" of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the European Council.

    Conditions for participating in UNIcert® training at Level I

    The courses generally aim to build on knowledge acquired in school. Students with corresponding previous knowledge do not have to attend the basic course if this is below their level as determined by a placement test at the start of the semester. The corresponding exams must be taken at the end of the UNIcert® training. Successful completion of the basic introductory level or comparable knowledge demonstrated in an admission test at the beginning of the semester is required to participate in Level I classes.

    Regular attendance (at least 75%) at all UNIcert® classes is required and is a prerequisite for taking the exams.

    Certificate

    After successfully completing all mandatory courses, participants shall receive a UNIcert® Certificate for Level I.

     

  • UNIcert® II in English, French and Spanish (eight hours per week):

    Level II comprises four two-hour classes:

    • Upper-Intermediate 1, 2, 3 and 4 (all two hours per week): Upper-Intermediate 1 and 2 and Upper-Intermediate 3 and 4 can be taken in any order. Exceptions can be made from this rule in consultation with lecturers. Several courses can be completed each semester.
    • Upper-Intermediate 3 and 4 (both two hours per week): it is possible for students who have demonstrated language skills in a placement test between levels B1 and B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages to join the programme at Upper-Intermediate 3.
    • Upon request, technical language modules can be recognised as UNIcert® Level II courses or individual exams at this level as long as there are no significant differences in the skills acquired. Technical language modules are recognised in combination with the result of a placement test. If the result of the language test is between levels B1 and B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, the technical language module is recognised as Upper-Intermediate 3. It is recognised as Upper-Intermediate 1 or 2 if the result of the test is B1.

    Learning objective: To develop and consolidate general language and intercultural skills; to become familiar with current topics and situations relating to culture, degree programmes and university. To acquire the linguistic skills to cope with technical, vocational and culturally specific situations. UNIcert® II corresponds to level “B2-Upper intermediate” of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the European Council.

     

    Conditions for participating in UNIcert® training at Level II

    The courses generally aim to build on knowledge acquired in school. Students with corresponding previous knowledge do not have to attend the Level II course if this is below their level as determined by a placement test at the start of the semester. The corresponding exams must be taken at the end of the UNIcert® training. Successful completion of Level I or comparable knowledge demonstrated in a placement test at the beginning of the semester is required to participate in Level II classes.

    Regular attendance (at least 75%) at all UNIcert® classes is required and is a prerequisite for taking the exams. Some degree programmes only recognise the UNIcert® Level II English courses as elective modules. The type of recognition can be seen in the curricula of individual degree programmes. .

    Certificate

    After successfully completing all mandatory courses, participants shall receive a UNIcert® Certificate for Level II.

     

  • UNIcert® III in English and French with an intercultural, vocational and technical focus (eight hours per week):

    The training comprises four two-hour freely elective classes at UNIcert® Level III: Intercultural Communication (two hours per week), Job-Orientated Communication (two hours per week), Written Communication (two hours per week) and Language for Special Purposes (two hours per week).

    Up to two classes can be taken in a semester.

    Learning objective: To acquire advanced intercultural, vocational and technical language skills. Level III enables students to study or work in the country of their target language. UNIcert III corresponds to level “C1-Advanced” of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

    Conditions for participating in UNIcert® training at Level III:

    Students shall be admitted to UNIcert® Level III classes after completing UNIcert® Level II or after obtaining a corresponding result in a placement test at the beginning of the semester (see the Language Centre homepage). Regular attendance (at least 75%) at all UNIcert® classes is required and is a prerequisite for taking the exams.

    Certificate

    After successfully completing all mandatory courses and the final written and oral exams, participants shall receive a UNIcert® Certificate for Level III.

 

Attendance

UNIcert® courses can be attended as general academic elective modules or compulsory elective modules. Registration for the course (and therefore automatically for the exam) only takes place on student.online. Master’s students must register with the Language Centre by email.

Please note: A corresponding result in the placement test at the start of the semester is required to participate in the classes.

Some degree programmes only recognise the UNIcert® Level II English courses as elective modules. The type of recognition can be seen in the curricula of individual degree programmes.

 

UNIcert® study and examination regulations/Curriculum

The study and examination regulations (SPO) for UNIcert® of 10 September 2015 entered into force on 1 October 2015. These are applicable to all students taking an exam to acquire UNIcert® foreign language certificates from winter semester 2015/2016.

The curriculum provides additional information on technical language courses and all courses offered by the Language Centre. Curricula are organised into the Weihenstephan and Triesdorf campuses:
Weihenstephan study plan, Triesdorf study plan.

 

Repeating the course

Students who repeat UNIcert® courses and have already met the minimum attendance requirement of 75% do NOT have to attend the courses again in the repeat semester in order to be eligible to sit the exam.

 

Further information on UNIcert®

Please click here to find out more about UNIcert®.

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IELTS

It is possible to take the IELTS exam directly at the British Council.

IELTS is recognised by many universities and employers in English-speaking countries. The fee is around EUR 200. The exam is valid for 2 years.

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DSH / TestDaF

The German Language University Entrance Examination (DSH) and the Test of German as a Foreign Language (TestDaF) cannot be taken at the Language Centre at the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences.

Information on test centres, exam dates, etc. can be found under the following links:

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Administrative support and coordination at Weihenstephan

Contacts at the Weihenstephan campus: English and Italian

Russian

Contacts at the Triesdorf campus: English, Spanish, French, Russian, Italian

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