Proof of Language Competence

If you want to study American Studies, English Studies (as a major subject or as a minor subject) or choose English in your teaching degree (L1, L2, L3 oder L5) at the Goethe University Frankfurt, you need proof of language competence that is accepted by the Institute of English and American Studies (IEAS) in addition to your higher education entrance qualification. This is to certify that your English language skills meet the B2 level as defined in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The CEFR is a general guideline that describes foreign language proficiency, which is used in Europe.

Such an accepted proof of language skills is part of the application for university and should not be older than two years. It can be provided by:

  • taking and passing the entrance test (see below)
  • an average of at least 11 points the German Abitur (higher education entrance qualitication)
  • one of the following language certificates: TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge First, the Certificate of Advanced English or the Certificate of Proficiency in English (the Satzung defines the required minimum number of points)

Proof of language skills need to be submitted in the following ways:

  • after successful completion of the entrance test participants will automatically receive a certificate that has to be submitted to the Studierendensekretariat (registrar’s office) with the application
  • the Abitur (certificate of your higher education entrance qualification) as proof of language skills needs to be approved by the IEAS before applying
  • language certificates need to be officially approved by the IEAS, so please hand in a copy of the certificate to the IEAS before applying

Applicants need to be proficient in another foreign language – proficiency in German is required as well. Applicants with a foreign higher education entrance qualification need to prove their advanced language level with the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH). The language proficiency test should be passed at the DSH-2 level at least. Please consult the international office for information on other requirements for international applicants!

All students applying for a Bachelor or teaching degree who cannot provide a German Abitur or a language certificate which fulfills the above mentioned requirements have to take the written entrance test. All incoming students who want to take the test need to sign up for one of the two test sittings. Each student is allowed to take the entrance test once per semester.



Please note: The obligatory entrance test for the Winter Semester 2024/25 is terminated!

Obligatory Entrance Test for the Summer Semester 2025

All non-exempt students wishing to study English and/or American Studies at the Institute of English and American Studies (Bachelor as well as Lehramt) are required to take a written entrance test.
The entrance test will take about two hours. All incoming students who have to take the test need to sign-up for one of the two test sittings (i.e. who have not been exempted).

The date for the entrance test is

Friday, December 6, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. - (Sitting 1)  
Friday, December 6, 2024 at 3:00 p.m. - (Sitting 2) 
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Registration: The students wishing to take this test need to sign up for one of the sittings using the online form.
Enter the required data and choose one of the sittings by using the drop-down menu.

Please double check your entries before you click on the "Anmelden" button.
Make sure to check your home address as it will be used for mailing the test results,
as well as your e-mail address where you will receive the room details for the sitting. 
It is not possible to make any changes afterwards. 

Please note: You will not receive a confirmation!   
Entrance Test Registration:

Closing date for registration is at 9:00 a.m. on November 25, 2024.  
At the test sitting, a photo identification must be presented prior to admission to the test.  
Passing the test is an entrance requirement for all non-exempt students.

!!! You will have to provide your proof of English until the deadline for enrollment !!! 
Should you fail the entrance test, you have to provide an alternative certificate (TOEFL iBT, Cambridge, IELTS Academic).


Sample test items for both the reading comprehension section (RC) and the grammar section can be downloaded:

Self-assessment information:

Students can self-assess their own level of English via the Internet with Dialang. Dialang is a free language assessment system that gives you feedback on the strengths and weaknesses in your foreign language proficiency. In addition, it provides general advice and information on language learning.