• Placement Tests

    Peter Prestel

Information on the Placement Test


FSZ Team-Support

fsz.team-support@uni-bielefeld.de Phone: +49 521 106-67125

If you have any knowledge of the languages

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

and want to do a language course at the FSZ for the first time , you need to take a placement test to establish your skill level and help you find the right course for you.

Moreover the test is offered for a optional self-evaluation in the following languages:

  • Italian
  • Portuguese

The C-Test can be done once every semester per language and remains valid for three semesters.

Therefore, generally dates in two test-phases are offered.

The dates will be announced here soon.

The Placement Test is adapted to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). For more information please click the icon.

What does the placement test look like?

Our placement test is a special form of a gapped text, commonly referred to as a C-test. The C-Test we are using is provided by Münster University and consists of 4 short texts, in which, from the second sentence on, every second word has been edited to form a gap. Your task is to fill those gaps and complete the missing words. There are a total of 100 gaps, which means you can reach a maximum of 100 points. Please know that it is virtually impossible for test takers to fill in all 100 gaps – and correctly, with all the right words!  A result like that is typically achieved only by a native speaker of that language. Therefore: don’t be discouraged if you have to leave many gaps unfilled.

Try the Demo-Version to get a feel for the test.

When are the next test dates?

For practical reasons the test starts every 60 minutes. The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 20 for every start time. Prior registration is not necessary, so please make sure to show up a few minutes before your favored start time. Unless noted otherwise, the C-Test takes place in Room C01-289.

  • Friday, January 17th 2020: 12:00 and 13:00.
  • Monday, January 20th 2020: 12:00 and 13:00.
  • Thursday, January 23rd 2020: 12:00 and 13:00.
  • Monday, February 17th 2020: 12:00 and 13:00
  • Wednesday, February 19th 2020: 16:00 and 17:00
  • Friday, February 21st 2020: 10:00 and 11:00
  • Monday, February 24th 2020: 14:00 and 15:00
  • Tuesday, February 25th 2020: 12:00 and 13:00
  • Thursday, February 27th 2020: 16:00 and 17:00
  • Monday, March 2nd 2020: 10:00 and 11:00
  • Tuesday, March 3rd 2020: 14:00 and 15:00


If you already know that you need a placement and wish to do the C-test earlier, it is in exceptional cases possible to schedule individual c-test dates during the lecture period. For this, please contact the FSZ Team-Support: fsz.team-support@uni-bielefeld.de



Can I skip the C-test if I have an Official Language Certificate?

If you have taken a standardized and commonly accepted language test (e.g TELF, TOEFL, TOEIC, DELF, etc…) and your certificate is no older than two years, you may qualify for exemption from our C-test. A longer stay abroad may be taken into consideration.

For English you can first check this equivalency chart to see what level you qualify for and then contact fsz.english@uni-bielefeld.de with a copy of your certificate to have it approved.

For other languages, you will need to write an email to the coordinator for the language you want to study. Please, enclose a scanned copy of your certificate in your email and the coordinator will inform you of your course qualification level.

I am studying Romance languages and literature (teacher-traning course/scientific course) - Do I have to take the placement test although I can prove my level?

Yes, the C-test is necessary to take courses of the romance language modules. Deviating terms might apply.

For more information: http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/lili/studium/faecher/romania/sprachkenntnisse.html

Additionally, You can try the Demo-Version to get a feel for the test.

For the demo version of the test no registration is needed. Just click on Demo in the top left corner and then choose weiter without changing the already filled out login information.

Some helpful advice on the C-test can be found here: English or German

What points are needed for different levels and courses?
C-test Point Table for All Languages

For those who want to take a quick test to see at which level around you are, we recommend the quick language tests for English, German, French, Italian and Spanish at http://www.sprachtest.de or http://www.turkishlanguagecenter.com for Turkish.

These tests are not sufficient for us. The reasons are: Tests basically only give you approximate values. So that they don't completely lose their meaning, factors of time and spontaneity play an important role.