# How are the TestDAF grades calculated

## "How many points do you need for the TestDaF in listening and reading comprehension?"

A supplement to the TestDaF exam. Most of the test candidates know that in the written TestDaF examination reading comprehension and listening comprehension a maximum of 30 points (reading comprehension) and 25 points (listening comprehension) can be achieved.

How many points do you need in each case to reach a certain TestDaF level and whether you need a minimum number of points for the subtasks of an examination part, this question is asked quite often. That's why I want to explain this to you today:

There is no minimum number of points that you have to achieve in the individual texts or subtasks in an examination section. The results are always added up and only then assigned to the TestDaF levels.

Let's take the reading comprehension part of the exam as an example. The examination part consists of the three parts Reading Comprehension 1 (LV 1), Reading Comprehension 2 (LV 2), Reading Comprehension 3 (LV 3), for each of which there are 10 points. You can therefore achieve a maximum of 30 points in reading comprehension.

Let's further assume that your partial results look like this:
LV1: 5 points
LV2: 10 points
LV3: 10 points
= LV (total): 25 points

Then you got a total of 25 out of 30 points in the reading comprehension section.

Which TestDaF level you have reached depends on whether the test set is classified as easier or harder by the TestDaF Institute. For the three TestDaF levels TDN 5, TDN 4 and TDN 3 you therefore need the following number of points, depending on the degree of difficulty of the test set:

for TDN 5 at least 24 (difficult examination sentence), 25 (medium examination sentence) or 26 (easy examination sentence) points
for TDN 4 at least 20 (difficult examination sentence), 21 (medium examination sentence) or 22 (easy examination sentence) points
for TDN 3 at least 14 (difficult test sentence), 15 (medium-difficult test sentence) or 16 (easy test sentence) points

The assignment of the examination records takes place at the TestDaF Institute. While you are sitting in the exam, you do not know whether you are editing a difficult, medium or easy text. Therefore, the following applies: In any case, you will reach the desired TestDaF level with the higher number of points, so you need

for TDN 5 at least 26 points
for TDN 4 at least 22 points
for TDN 3 at least 16 points

This also applies to listening comprehension (HV), but with lower scores, since the HV only gives a maximum of 25 points. Here the calculation looks like this:

for TDN 5 at least 19 (difficult examination sentence), 20 (medium examination sentence) or 21 (easy examination sentence) points
for TDN 4 at least 15 (difficult examination sentence), 16 (medium examination sentence) or 17 (easy examination sentence) points
for TDN 3 at least 10 (difficult examination sentence), 11 (medium examination sentence) or 12 (easy examination sentence) points

Since you do not know which level of difficulty your test sentence is assigned to when listening to comprehension, the following applies again: You are only on the safe side with the higher number of points, which is what you need

for TDN 5 at least 21 points
for TDN 4 at least 17 points
for TDN 3 at least 12 points

If you have not understood this, you can also try to read it again at the TestDaF Institute:

Test evaluation in the exam sections reading comprehension and listening comprehension