TestAS for International Applicants Without German Equivalence


All international applicants who are not legally equivalent to German citizens, such as non-EU students, must submit a TestAs certificate when applying for an undergraduate – Bachelor’s or Staatsexamen – course of study at RWTH. This applies to all applicants who do not have a German university entrance qualification.


The following terms apply to TestAS:


You must take TestAS in German.

Subject-Specific Test Module

In addition to the core module, you must complete the subject-specific TestAS module for your prospective course of study. You can see what modules are required from the table below:

Subject-Specific TestAS Module Required According to Faculty

Humanities, Cultural Studies, and Social Sciences

Engineering Mathematics, Computer Science, and Natural Sciences Economics
Faculty 1 x x
Faculty 2 x x
Faculty 3 x x
Faculty 4 x x
Faculty 5 x x
Faculty 6 x x
Faculty 7 x
Faculty 8 x
Faculty 10 x
Teacher Training x x x x

Where more than one cross is indicated on a line, you may choose from one of the subject-specific modules.

You can find further information on the courses of studies offered by each faculty on the overview of faculties at RWTH.



If you are applying for the Medicine Model Course of Study or Dentistry, you must be placed among the 20% best test participants  – i.e., achieve an average percentile rank of at least 80.


Minimal Grade

Your test result must correspond to the set minimal grade, meaning you must be in the top 30% of test participants. To work out your ranking, both your percentage scores will be added together and then divided by two and must produce a result of 70 or more.


You do not have to take TestAS if you have a university entrance qualification from an EU/EEA country and are applying for a restricted-admission course of study.


You do not have to take TestAS if you are already enrolled as a student in a Bachelor's, Master's or teacher training course of study at RWTH at the time of your application. You can apply for an exemption from this requirement by filling out the relevant form that will be available for download as part of your online application on RWTHonline.

Please note that TestAS is only offered four times a year – make sure you register on time!

Furthermore, please bear in mind that TestAS does not count as proof of your language skills – you will still be required to submit a recognized language certificate in addition to your TestAS certificate.

Please see the TestAS website for further information.

Exemptions for Summer Semester 2021

If you are unable to provide your TestAS result due to the coronavirus outbreak and you have a university entrance qualification with an average grade/GPA of 2.5 or better (according to the German grading system), you may be granted admission or participate in the admissions process for restricted-access courses of study. You can apply for exemption from having to provide a TestAS result as part of your online application on RWTHonline using the respective form, which is availaboe for download.

When processing your application, we convert your GPA with the help of the so-called “Modified Bavarian Formula.”

Please note: Only applicants to Bachelor’s courses of study starting in the 2021 summer semester may apply for exemption. If you apply for admission to the degree programs in Medicine (model course of study) or Dentistry, you will have to provide a TestAS result as outlined above, that is, achieve an average percentile rank of at least 80.