What is the onSET for?
The onSET measures your general language proficiency, either in German or in English.
You receive feedback about your language level immediately after the test. The test lasts a maximum of 40 minutes.
The onSET makes it easy to find your most suitable learning group for your language level, thereby increasing your likelihood of success.
You can predict your level of success in language tests such as the TestDaF. The TestDaF is required for admission to university.
The onSET rating is based on the CEFR and is evidence of your language proficiency, e.g. for employers.
The onSET certificate is an important part of your application for a DAAD scholarship.
Advantages of the onSET at a glance
What and how does the onSET measure?
The onSET follows the C-test principle, meaning the test consists of short texts containing gaps. The onSET measures overall language competence. You work on short texts about different topics. Each text contains 20 gaps. The texts have different degrees of difficulty. You must fill in the gaps correctly.
Click here to find out how a C-test works.
How does the onSET work?
The texts are displayed one after the other on the screen. Each text begins with a heading and an introductory sentence. The following sentences contain exactly 20 gaps. You must complete each of these gaps correctly. The text ends with one or two completed sentences. You cannot return to change finished, completed texts.
How long does the onSET take?
The onSET consists of 8 tasks or texts. You have a maximum of 5 minutes to complete each task. Overall, the test takes a maximum of 40 minutes.
How is the test scored? How do I get my results?
You are awarded one point for every correctly completed gap. On the basis of the total score, your results are categorised according to the level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (A2 to C1). The score and the CEFR level are displayed immediately at the end of the test. The result can be viewed in the participant portal where you can also download your certificate as a PDF file.
5 steps to classification
Choose your test centre in the participant portal under "Book a test".
Look for an available date and time. Choose your exam language (German or English).
You have access to your certificate at any time via the participant portal.