KNOWING WHERE I STAND
KNOWING WHERE I STAND
FAQ for Participants
No. The onSET certificate is not a replacement for TestDaF or any other language certificate for admission to higher education. The onSET has the sole purpose of providing a general placement of your language knowledge. For example, with an onSET placement result you can find a language course which corresponds to your level.
Yes. You can take the placement test for German and for English on the same day. However, your test centre must have dates and places available for both languages on the day you select.
You can get a TAN from the test centre where you would like to sit the onSET.
TAN stands for transaction number. You need a TAN to book a test date.
Your test centre will tell you how much it costs to sit the onSET.
You can find a list of onSET test centres here.
If you have forgotten your password, you can request a new one here. If you have forgotten your username, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No. Secure, reliable and fair test participation is only possible on a desktop or laptop computer.
You must book a test date in order to sit the onSET. You can book the date as soon as you have registered as a participant. In order to complete booking you need a transaction number (TAN) which you can get from your test centre.
You must bring a valid form of identification with a photograph (passport, ID card or driving licence). This will be used to check your identity before the test begins.
Before you sit the onSET, you should familiarise yourself with the test format. You can find a sample test here.
onSET contains eight tasks. Each task is a gap text with 20 gaps. You have a maximum of five minutes for each gap text. The test takes a maximum of 40 minutes in total.
No. You only need to know how to use a keyboard and a mouse.
Yes. Go to ‚ÄěMy Tests‚Äú in the test taker portal, click ‚Äú Change test date‚ÄĚ and select a new date. Please note that a test date can only be changed the day before the test at the latest. Changing the test language is not possible.
The deadlines are determined by your test centre.
Yes. It is possible to book two tests. However, this is only the case when one of the tests is in English and the other in German. It is not possible to book more than one test date for the same language.
All deviations from the correct spelling of a word are counted as errors. As a rule you will have sufficient time to correct any typing errors. However, please note that you will not be able to return to texts which you have already worked on and completed.
Yes. Choosing the British or American spelling of a word is not relevant for assessment. Please make sure you spell correctly.
You may not write the German umlauts as the combinations ‚Äěae‚Äú, ‚Äěoe‚Äú or ‚Äěue‚Äú. If the keyboard does not have these letters, then help is offered by a selection line which appears below each gap text. Click the letter you need. It will be entered in the space selected.
You should complete the gaps correctly by writing only one solution in each gap. If you write two or more solutions in a gap, then it will be counted as an error (e.g. two solutions which are separated by a slash or a space).
No. The use of aids is not permitted.
Yes. Any institution to which you submit your certificate can check the authenticity of your certificate by using online verification.
Your test result is stored permanently. You can access and print your onSET certificate at any time.
For every correct answer, i.e. for every correctly completed gap, you get exactly one point. The sum of all points is your onSET score (between 0 and 160 points). The number of points you score is matched to one of the levels used in the global scale of the Common European Frame of Reference for Languages (CEFR): ‚Äúbelow A2‚ÄĚ,‚ÄĚA2‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúB1‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúB2‚ÄĚ, or ‚ÄúC1 (or higher)‚ÄĚ.
No. You cannot see your answers once the test is finished. During the test you can only see the text which you are working on. You cannot return to the previous tasks.