TestAS for International Applicants Without German Equivalence


International applicants who do not have the same status as German citizens must provide proof of a university entrance qualification with an overall average grade of 2.5 or better when applying for an undergraduate Bachelor's degree program. This group includes all applicants who are citizens of a country outside the EU or the European Economic Area and who do not have a German university entrance qualification. If the overall average grade is lower than 2.5, you can still be admitted if a TestAS is submitted that meets the following requirements.


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

Life Sciences (digital TestAS only) Engineering Mathematics, Computer Science, and Natural Sciences Medicine (digital TestAS only) Economics
Faculty 1 x x 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 x x
Teacher Training x x 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.

A Special Situation Applies for the Following Courses: Medicine (Model Course of Study) and Dentistry

When applying for the state examination programs in medicine (model study program) or dentistry, proof of the TestAS is mandatory, regardless of the overall average grade of the university entrance qualification. The TestAS must be taken in German, it must include the field of study specific test module "Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences" in addition to the core test, and have an average percentile rank of 80 or higher. To determine this, the two values in the percentile rank of your TestAS score are added together and divided by two. The resulting score must be 80 or higher.



If the average grade of your university entrance qualification is lower than 2.5 and you cannot prove that you have a TestAS, you can still be admitted if one of the following documents is presented:

  • Current certificate of study from RWTH Aachen University (Bachelor's, Master's or state examination studies at RWTH). (Please note that students in a German course, guest students, visiting students and students in a short-term study program are not covered by this regulation in case of a change of subject or an addition).
  • Proof of having passed the exam "Mathematics I" from the study preparation measure for students in the orientation semester of the study programs ETOS and BIOS.