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The onSET, a standardized language proficiency 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 plan to enrol in a language course or to take a language exam like TestDaF.

OnSET Tests during the Pandemic

Due to the extensive closing of universities in Germany during the pandemic, 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 "Profilierungsbereich" (cross-curricular field of studies).

If you are interested in this variant of the onSET, please send an email from your university email address to 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.

The onSET examines your overall language competence using a “C-Test”.  Each examinee receives a set of 8 fill-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.

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