The onSET, a standardized language placement test for English and German as a Foreign Language, can be taken by anyone currently learning English or German and who is interested in the level of language proficiency they have achieved, for example, because they have enrolled in a language course or plan to take the TestDaF (German as a Foreign Language Exam). Since October 2011, the University of Vechta is a licensed test center for the onSET in German, and, since 2015, for the onSET in English as well.

OnSET Tests in the Winter Semester 20/21

Due to the extensive closing of universities in Germany during the Winter Semester 20/21, we cannot offer the onSET tests directly at the University of Vechta.

However, the Language Centre offers students enrolled at the University of Vechta the possibility to take the online-language level test (onSET) directly at home, either in English or in German. While this variation of the test does not include a language certificate, it will give you a good indication of the level of proficiency in English or German you have achieved so far. This will make it possible for you to choose the appropriate English or DaF-Modul in the Profiling Area (Profilierungsbereich).

If you are interested in this variant of the onSET, please send an email from your university email address to Opens window for sending emailinfo[dot]sprachenzentrum[at] window for sending email We will send you registration information as well as a TAN, with which you can book an onSET test free of charge. Please note that this test opportunity is available to enrolled students (or employees) of the University of Vechta only! We will not send information to private email addresses.

What does the onSET examine? How long does the test take?

The onSET examines your overall language competence using a so-called “Opens external link in new windowC-Test”.  Each examinee receives a set of 8 fill-in-the-gap texts, each containing 20 gaps to be completed. Examinees have five minutes to complete each text. The entire exam takes a maximum of 40 minutes.

How can I prepare for the onSET?

You can access a sample test for English and German under Opens external link in new in order to familiarize yourself with the test format.

When and where do the tests take place?

You can take the tests in the Language Centre of the University of Vechta.  The test dates can be found under Opens external link in new You can also schedule an individual exam appointment with us.

Where can I sign up to take the onSET?

You can sign up for the onSET online at the address  If you have never taken an onSET-Test, then go to the start-page, select the link “Teilnehmende”, then scroll down the page and follow the instructions under “5 steps to classification”. If you have signed up for an onSET test previously, then you can log-in directly.

Students enrolled at the University of Vechta do not have to register online in advance!  Instead, they register directly on the online portal on the day of the test.  Information and dates for the internal exams will be announced on Stud.IP and on our website under the rider “Opens internal link in current windowAktuelles”.

When do I find out my results?

You will be given your results directly after the test. The results will also be retained in a Language Certificate, which will be available for you to download from your participant portal.

What does the test cost?

Students at the University of Vechta can take the onSET free of charge. For external participants, the fee to take the onSET is €12,50 (fees are subject to change).


A list of frequently asked questions concerning the onSET can be found under Opens external link in new

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Contact onSET

Christiane Drave

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Building R
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49377 Vechta
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