Placement Test

Being allocated the right course level guarantees success

To make sure you can learn quickly and effectively, establishing your language grade and assigning the right level of course is very important. Placement tests involve both written and spoken sections. Approximately 1 week before your course starts you will receive your results via email with all the details about your allocated course, course address and start date.

Please not that VWU courses do not follow the CEFR but instead have their own levels. Find out more about VWU levels here.

Placement test

The placement test consists of a written and an oral part. Both take place on the same day. Every student has to take the placement test to receive a place in one of the courses.

Written part:

  • Approximately 60 minutes
  • Constists of a free writing exercise, multiple choice and cloze test

Oral part:

The oral part takes place after the written test.

  • Approximately 10 minutes
  • One-on-one conversation with an introduction of yourself and questions about your life and personal opinions about a topic

You need to present an ID to take the placement test. 

Date and time:

from mid-August 2024 onwards

You will be given an exact date after you have registered.


Placement tests for the winter semester 2024/2025 will  be conducted in person (in Vienna). More detailed information on the test process will be given to you after you have registered. Please note that the course registration before the placement test is also in person in Vienna.

Students with additional required subjects other than German have to register with us or the other cooperation partner. If your placement test shows a high enough level (FG/WF), you will subsequently be contacted by the VWU and can register there. Please keep in mind that in this case the refund of your course payment can take several weeks.