Don’t worry if you are finding the answer of ‘What is Aufnahmeprüfung? Many students seem to be confused when willing to know admission process in a studienkolleg in Germany. Applicants who wish to attend the Studienkolleg must prove in an entrance examination that their German language skills are sufficient, that they can successfully participate in the Studienkolleg class and that they have sufficient basic knowledge of mathematics. The entrance exam for the summer semester takes place in January or February. The entrance exam for the winter semester takes place in July. It can be repeated twice (however it can vary for all studienkollegs).
Don’t forget that some studienkollegs only require German language test.
Though all studienkollegs have different types of entry tests but majority follow the following pattern:
Entrance exam German (the exam lasts 60-90 minutes)
It consists of reading comprehension tasks, language structures and possibly text production. The exam should demonstrate good intermediate level knowledge (level B1 (for majority studienkollegs it is B2) according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - Independent Language Use) in German. It clearly means you must learn German language in your country of origin before reaching Germany. Many countries have German learning institutions and online portals also provide you a lot of study materials for preparation. This knowledge can be acquired in about 600-800 hours of intensive instruction. Please do note that tablets, mobiles, dictionaries and answer books are not allowed during exam.
Following reading are recommended for good preparation:
Dreyer, Hilke and Richard Schmitt: Teaching and Exercise Book of German Grammar, Hueber Verlag Ismaning, ISBN: 978-3-19-007255-2
Földeak, Hans: Words and Phrases, Hueber Verlag Ismaning, ISBN: 978-3-19-007459-4
Hering, Axel et al.: German as a Foreign Language – Exercise Grammar for the Intermediate, Hueber Verlag Ismaning, ISBN: 987-3-19-011657-7
Entrance Examination Mathematics (the exam lasts 45 minutes)
In mathematics only a calculator (no smart phone!) Is allowed, a Geodreieck is recommended. The tasks in the entrance examination mathematics can also be given as text exercises.
- Exam Algebra:
Compute with fractions, powers, roots and logarithms. Solving linear and quadratic equations, fractions and equations with magnitudes. Examination and graphic representation of simple functions. Percentage calculation and interest calculation.
- Exam geometry:
Calculations on triangles, quadrilaterals and circles using the principles of polarimetry and trigonometry. Simple body calculations, solving trigonometric equations.
- Examination material stochastic:
Simple random experiments (eg: cube experiments), elementary basic concepts.
Following readings are recommended for Mathematics entry test (German Books):
Freytag, Gräupner, heart: FOKUS mathematics 9th grade, student book, Cornelsen Verlag, ISBN 978-3-464-54019-0
FOKUS Mathematics 10th grade, Schülerbuch, Cornelsen Verlag, ISBN 978-3-464-54020-6 (Chapters 1,2 and 3)
Here is an important point to remember that every studienkolleg has its own requirements, so you must check for your desired studienkolleg before applying for admission.