The DSH consists of a written and an oral exam.
The written exam
It consists of three parts and is rated at a total of 70%:
1. Listening Comprehension (20%)
A text with 5500 to 7000 symbols is presented twice. You are allowed to take notes during the lecture. You should respond to questions in key words or your own phrasing, reflect essential content aspects, and/or present the idea of the text. You have 10 minutes after the first lecture and 40 minutes after the second lecture.
2. Reading Comprehension (20%) and Science Structures (10%)
You edit a text with 4500 to 6000 symbols, which can also be accompanied by a graphic, a graph or a diagram. For this text you must recognize and paraphrase grammatical structures. This partial exam lasts about 90 minutes.
3. Text production (20%)
You write a text about a study-related and science-oriented topic in the range of about 250 words. As a requirement you will receive guidelines that must be integrate into your text. This part exam lasts 70 minutes.
Exempt from the oral examination are candidates whose classroom performance were rated "very good" (at least 27 points) or "good" (at least 22.5 points).
The oral exam consists of one part and is graded at 30%.
You will give a short lecture on a topic for which you’ll get information in the form of a text, a chart, a graph or a diagram. Then discuss the topic with your examining partner. The oral exam lasts approx. 35 minutes (20 minutes preparation and 15 minutes in front of the Examination Commission).
Assessment of the examination result
DSH-1: at least 57% in both written (39.9 points) and oral (18.6 points) exams.
DSH-2: at least 67% in both written (46.9 points) and oral (22.5 points) exams.
DSH-3: at least 82% in both written (57.4 points) and oral (24.6 points) exams.
Admission to Studies
At the University of Paderborn, a total result of at least DSH-2 is a prerequisite for all Bachelor courses for admission to specialist studies. You can find information about the language requirements of other university courses here.
Can the exam be repeated?
The DSH can be repeated once.
With a DSH-1 result further repetitions are allowed.
Failed DSH at other universities will be considered in this procedure.
Here you will find the examination regulations.