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What do I need to be particularly good at to study my chosen subject?

As well as the institutions' central student advice services, self tests can also help to provide an answer to this question. Many institutions offer these special advisory tools for choosing a course (for example self-tests, aptitude tests, known as self-assessment), particularly for mathematical and scientific subjects. Self tests are voluntary and are intended to help you to gain a realistic assessment of your abilities and provide an initial impression of the demands of your future studies.

Please note:
Voluntary self tests or aptitude tests (self-assessment) should not be mixed up with compulsory tests of ability to study or aptitude tests, which one must pass to be eligible for admission to higher education. Find out about any compulsory aptitude tests in plenty of time (content, dates and venues) from the institutions.

 

A small selection of self tests: what to study?

"Borakel" developed by the University of Bochum advises on choosing a course and career. "Borakel" is a free self test and is made up of three components: a test, a questionnaire and video films. The self test lasts 90 to 120 minutes in total and provides information about which careers would suit you best. The questionnaire advises you about the range of courses at the University of Bochum and a series of short film clips show everyday university life. "Borakel" is available only in German.

www.was-studiere-ich.de is a free self test from the University of Hohenheim. It takes 20 minutes and identifies which course and career would suit you best. The self test is available only in German and is made up of two sections: In the first section, a general profile of interests is created, while the second section looks at those interests that are relevant to courses at the University of Hohenheim. You can complete just the first general section, which has 49 questions.

FU Berlin offers a variety of subject-related online assistants, the so-called „OSA“. OSA cannot and shall not replace a personal student counselling. However, they may be helpful for your decision whether the degree course you wish to study is the right one for you.
Currently OSA are offered for degree courses from the following faculties: earth sciences, political and social sciences, law, economic science. OSA are available in German only.

 

Studying in Germany, ability to study and learn:

The Chair in industrial and organisational psychology at the RWTH Aachen in conjunction with the departments of computer science, electrical engineering and computer engineering have developed the web-based student advice tool SelfAssessment. The self-test is voluntary, anonymous and free of charge. It lasts around 90 minutes. At the end, you receive a comprehensive evaluation intended to help you to better understand your own suitability and aptitude profile. Although the self test was developed with a focus on computer science, electrical engineering and computer engineering, it can be useful for anyone who is interested in studying.

Lerno is a portal for all aspects of "learning and teaching". The Learning style test tells you which type of learner you are and which learning strategies could be particularly useful to you (only in German).

 

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Computer science

  • Self assessment from RWTH Aachen (see above)
  • www.tu-chemnitz.de - Short self test in German with seven questions and answers, refers to the longer computer science self test by the University of Munich.
  • The University of Freiburg offers a self test that provides a realistic preview of the content, working methods and requirements of studying computer science at this university. It also allows you to test your own abilities and gives immediate individual feedback to assess whether this course would be the right choice for you. The self test lasts approximately 60 minutes and is available only in German.
  • The Institute for Computer Science at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich has developed a self test that requires excellent knowledge of German.

Teaching

  • Career Counselling for Teachers provides a self test for aspiring teachers in English and German. It gives you an impression of whether you are equipped to meet the requirements of a career as a teacher.

Sociology, Political Sciences, Psychology

  • The University of Mannheim offers a self test which allows students to check their own expectations of these three subjects. In addition, there is detailed information regarding the content and characteristics of the subjects in general, as well as specifically about the University of Mannheim (available in German only). The information also contains a section on "common misconceptions".

Languages

  • German
    • onDaF is an internet-based online evaluation test, where in return for a fee you can test your language skills in test centres represented worldwide. In other words, you cannot complete this self-test on your own computer.
  • English
    • The University of Freiburg offers a self assessment in anglistics that provides a realistic preview of the content, working methods and requirements of studying English at this university. It also allows you to test your own abilities and gives immediate individual feedback to assess whether this course would be the right choice for you. The self test lasts approximately 60 minutes and is available onyl in German..
  • German, English, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese
    • The Language Centre at the University of Münster offers demo versions of cloze tests in various languages. These self tests provide an impression of the entrance examinations for studying languages at the University of Münster.

Technical courses

  • The SelfAssessment international is a free self test from nine technical universities (TU9) and is aimed at prospective international students who are interested in studying a technical subject in Germany. The self test lasts 90 to 120 minutes and includes exercises to test mathematical skills and technical understanding, as well as questions on motivation to study and a German test. The SelfAssessment international is available in German and English.
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