Placement

When you start learning a new language with us, you will automatically be allocated a place at A1 level.

However, if you are not a beginner in the language, you will need to take a placement test (“Einstufungstest”) to help determine the right language course for your language skills.
The placement test indicates the starting level of the course you can take (e.g. placement level B1 in Spanish = Spanish course at level B1).

Please note that at level A1.2 and above, a placement test is compulsory for the first language course that you enrol in.

The Language Centre does not issue a certificate documenting your participation in, or the result of, the placement test.

The h_da makes use of the Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT) for English.

Register for the OOPT in “my.h-da My University Portal”.

Login using your username and password
"Vorlesungsverzeichnis"
"Fachbereich: Gesellschaftswissenschaften"
"Sprachen"
"Einstufungstest"
"English-Oxford Online Placement Test" --> belegen

You can also find the placement test by searching for “Placement Test” ("Einstufungstest"). You may first have to delete the default degree programme in the search mask.

Please register only if you are able to take the test within one week of receiving the login data.

After you register, a mail containing all further details will promptly be sent to your university email address.

The test result will be entered in QIS. Any results from previous placement tests remain valid.

We issue no certification documenting your participation or result.

You do not need to take a placement test if you are a beginner in French (the Language Centre does not offer a course at A1 level), if you have already successfully completed a French course at h_da, or if you have already taken the placement test at h_da in a previous semester.

You need to take a placement test if you are no longer a beginner and would like to take your first French course at the h_da (from level A2).

The French placement test is held online on the Moodle learning platform.

Please register for the French placement test in the course catalogue in my.h-da (under Department of Social Sciences – including “SuK” and languages). After successfully enrolling, you will be sent an enrolment key for the Moodle test.

The test can only be taken between 20/21 September 2021 and 4/5 October 2021.

You have to take the placement test if you have learned Portuguese at any time outside the university (at school, at another institution, at the VHS (“Volkshochschule” - adult education centre), during a semester abroad, etc.)

You do not need to take a placement test:

  • if you are a beginner in Portuguese (enrol for A1.1 course in QIS),
  • if you have already successfully completed a Portuguese course at h_da, or
  • if you have already taken the placement test at h_da in a previous semester.

There is a consultation before the online test itself.

Contact Dr. Alessandra d'Aquino Hilt from 27 September 2021 for this .

She will then give you the link to the online test and explain the procedure.

Beginners in Portuguese do not need to take a placement test. You can apply directly for the A1.1 course in QIS.

Please note that it is only possible to apply for courses that match your placement test result. If a student applies for a higher or lower level, the application will be rejected. For example, if the result of your placement test is A2.1, this means that you can apply for an A2.1 course and will only be admitted for that level.

However, the placement test only tests passive knowledge. For this reason, the level will be reassessed in class, where teachers might upgrade or downgrade students if their actual knowledge appears to differ from the test result.

You must take the placement test if you have learned Spanish at any time in the past (at school, at another institution, at the VHS (“Volkshochschule” - adult education centre), during a semester abroad, etc.)

You do not need to take a placement test:

  • if you are a beginner in Spanish (enrol for A1.1 course),
  • if you have already successfully completed a Spanish course at h_da, or
  • if you have already taken the placement test at h_da in a previous semester.
     

Test procedure
Do the test by yourself, without the aid of a dictionary. Allow a maximum of 10 minutes per level. Please note that some of the tasks involve audio files.

Start with level 1. When you finish the questions for this level and click on "Finish test", you will receive one of the following messages:

1)       "Please proceed to level 2 of the test to determine your level". In this case, return to the list and continue with the next test in each case until you receive the following message:

2)       "Based on your test result, we recommend that you start with lesson xy from Universo.ele xy". Your test is now complete and your level has been established. In this case, click on "Send result". A form will appear which you should fill in. At the end you have the possibility to leave a comment. Be sure to enter your name, matriculation number and degree programme/faculty here and answer the following questions: When, where and for how long did you learn Spanish? How much time has passed since then? Give a short description of the situations and the amount of time in which you have used Spanish recently.

Notification of the result
Send the completed form via your university email account to: spanisch.fbgw@h-da.de (emails from private email accounts will not be processed). The result is stored in “my.h-da - My University Portal”. You can then take a course at the appropriate level (e.g.: level "A12" means that you should take a course at level A1.2, etc.).

Link to the test

The result of the placement test can be found in the attainment overview section of “My.h-da”.

Please note that it is only possible to enrol for courses that match your placement test result. Students with an A21 result can take an A2.1 course, and will only be admitted to this level.

However, the placement test only tests passive knowledge. For this reason, the level will be further assessed in class, where teachers might upgrade or downgrade students if their actual knowledge appears to differ from the test result.