TestAS for refugees is an assessment test that examines both the general and subject-related abilities for academic studies. It assists refugees in continuing or starting academic studies in Germany. Universities use TestAS individually or as part of uni-assist’s documentation-examination procedure for refugees. The test may be sat country-wide on specified testing dates. Universities may appoint special test dates for larger groups.


How Test AS will help you

You can increase your eligibility for the subject, demonstrate your academic interests to universities and increase your chances of being admitted to university. If documentation regarding the courses attended at university or school certificates are missing (i.e. lost while fleeing), then the test may be used as a plausibility check. The test is also used for admission to preparatory programmes. The TestAS for refugees can be taken once and is free of charge for the test takers.


Next test dates

  • on 03 September 2016
    Registration from 18 July until 15 August
  • on 06 October 2016
    Registration from 18 August until 18 September

Please note that the participating test centres can vary between the test dates.


Important notes

  • The TestAS for refugees is free of charge and each participant can take the test only once. You cannot pay to participate in the TestAS for refugees.
  • If you have registered for the test but do not show up your participation still counts. That is because a large part of the costs have already incurred.
  • You can cancel your registration for the TestAS until the end of the registration period (send an email with your participant number to: kontakt@testdaf.de).
  • The login data that you choose during registration only work for the test-taker portal for the TestAS for refugees. They cannot be used to log into the regular TestAS portal.


Who may sit TestAS for refugees

The following persons are entitled to participate once free of charge:

  • Individuals with a BÜMA/certificate of residence
  • Asylum seekers (ongoing proceedings)
  • Tolerated foreign nationals
  • Recognised refugees
  • Individuals granted subsidiary protection
  • Persons protected from removal
  • Persons with a residence permit
  • Family members (parents, children, spouses), who have joined recognised refugees or asylum seekers as defined under the Geneva Convention or those granted subsidiary protection, may also participate in the free review process if they can provide proof that the “principal” person (the first to be granted refugee status) has a residence permit.

You will be asked for your status when registering for the test. You will then be able to sit the test free of charge. Please have photos or scanned residency documents ready; you will be asked to upload documents when registering.