With the onSET, the online language placement test, you can ...
... determine your learnersâ€™ language level
With language classification, you can create homogenous groups for your language courses and monitor your language learnersâ€™ progress.
... determine eligibility for language tests
Your language learners will be given a prediction of success for a high-stakes language test such as the TestDaF.
... understand the language level of scholarship applicants
The onSET gives you information about the appropriate language courses for scholarship candidates.
... offer a language test for professional purposes
For jobseekers, the onSET certificate is evidence of their language proficiency.
Advantages of the onSET at a glance
Scientifically proven testing method
The onSET follows the C-test principle. C-tests are written gap-filling tests measuring general language competence. Although the texts cover different topics with varying degrees of difficulty, they always contain the same number of gaps. At the beginning and end of the text, there are sentences without gaps to facilitate better understanding of the overall text. The participants complete the text by filling in the missing parts of the words. One point is awarded for each correctly completed gap. The classification is based on the total number of points. The texts are thoroughly tested and then stored in a calibrated item bank. After each onSET test run, a new task set is compiled. Find out here how a C-test works.
Becoming an onSET test centre
Licensing may apply to all institutions offering language courses or tools for language classification. The only prerequisite: You must be able to conduct the onSET test in a secure, professional and technically competent manner.
The licensing procedure is simple: licence application
Licensing for the onSET is free of charge. The transaction numbers (TANs) necessary to carrying out the online language placement test cost between 4 and 9 euros, depending on the amount purchased, plus a reduced VAT: TAN prices
The onSET: convenient and flexible
The onSET is entirely internet-based. Via the online portal, you can plan or change test dates, order and receive TANs for booking an appointment, start and monitor test execution. You can see the results immediately after the test â€“ as both point values and CEFR levels. The results can be exported and printed for further use.
Your participants will sit the test in the language you specify. They can freely change the language of the instructions. The test lasts no more than 40 minutes. The participants receive their results immediately after the test and the certificate can be printed at any time.
The onSET trial access
Find out more about the test and its functions
Get free trial access: Plan tests, conduct tests with your students, compare the results.
Find out here whether the onSET is suitable for your purposes. Check whether your institution fulfills the technical requirements.
The trial period lasts 4 weeks. Then you can apply for a free license as an onSET test centre.
â€žFASTER AND SIMPLER THAN A PAPER BASED TEST"
The onSET-Deutsch has been an indispensable tool for many years for the German course classification team at the Munich Volkshochschule. Heike Richter, who is responsible for this field is convinced that "In particular, the accuracy of the onSET-Deutsch is a real milestone in our quality development.â€ť There had always been some uncertainty and debate concerning the centreâ€™s own placement procedures, but according to Heike Richter, "That is not the case with the onSET."
In Munich, the onSET-Deutsch is an important part of the interview process, which takes place before each application for a language course. The placement result forms the basis for the specific course recommendation. "The learners are happy to follow this advice", says Heike Richter. A huge advantage is that placement via the onSET can be carried out more easily compared to paper tests, and the results are available online in seconds.
The reliability of the onSET has also spread to other parts of Munichâ€™s city government: the city sends job applicants with a native language other than German to the Volkshochschule for the placement test. "For jobs in the education sector, for example, German at B2 level is a minimum requirement", says Heike Richter. "For these reasons, we like to refer to our onSET classification."
University of OsnabrĂĽck
"JUST DO IT"
Universities recognised early that this was an easier and more accurate way to assess language levels.
Organisational steps such as registering and test booking have largely been removed for the newcomers to allow them an easier start. "The onSET-Deutsch greatly helps us to keep the course allocation as simple as possible for all participants", says Dr. Christiane Beinke, the departmental head of German as a Foreign Language at the university's language centre. "We donâ€™t need to design or plan anything. We just have to do it."
Christiane Beinke particulary values the internet-based onSET testing procedure: "It ensures flawless evaluation. The results lead to homogenous language course groups." She regards the onSET-Deutsch as unique â€“ "a truly valuable test".
University of Freiburg
â€žTESTING WITHOUT JETLAG"
International students wishing to study in Freiburg can be assessed for their German intensive courses while they are still in their home country. This is invaluable for the applicants from around 50 countries, most of whom come to Freiburg for a program or scholarship stay.
"The test participants take the onSET-Deutsch well rested and without jet lag", says Astrid Nothen, who together with her colleague Dorothea RĂ¶sch heads the Department of International Language Courses at the University of Freiburg. "And we know the results long before the start of the course. In this way, we are able to determine groups in advance according to their level of performance and to assign teachers in a targeted manner. "
The university would also like to use the online-placement test for their intensive English courses. "Then", says Astrid Nothen, "we will also have the new onSET-English."