Placement Test

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Frequently Asked Questions



Why is a placement test offered?

The placement test functions as a tool to determine a participant's current state of knowledge, in line with the UNIcert® certification system. This allows every participant to apply for the courses best suited to their knowledge of the language and ensures that courses are largely homogenous.


Who has to take the placement test?

  • All students applying for an English course for the first time.
  • Students who last attended an English course before WS2017-18.
  • Students who took the test before WS2020-21 but did not attend a course.
  • Students who wish to attend a higher level course (except those who have successfully completed the previous UNIcert® level).
  • Students who placed at C2 level before WS2020-21 who have not yet taken a C2 level course.


Who does not have to take the test?

  • Students which took the test last semester (WS2020-21) and couldn’t attend a course (the score from last semester is still valid). If you can’t remember your score, send us an e-mail with your matriculation number.
  • Students who successfully completed an English course at the language centre before WS2017-18 and wish to apply for more courses at their present level.


Technical requirements for the placement test

We recommend your the use of an up-to-date browser (Firefox, IE or Chrome). For the video / audio files in the listening test sections, you need need headphones or speakers.

Please do not open another browser tab whilst you are taking the test. If you do this, your result will not be saved properly.


I took my last course before winter semester 2017-18. What do I have to do?

You will have to take the placement test again.


When does the placement test take place?

The SS2021 test is available from the start of March 2021. Please take the test before registration begins.


Can I retake the placement test?

Yes, but each semester you can only take it once. Acquaint yourself with the principles of the test first. If you are unsure you can take a mock test e.g. here and brush up on your language skills.


For how long is the test valid?

The test is valid for two semesters (SS2021 and WS2021-22). During this period you can apply for any course at the level you reached.


What form does the test take?

All KIT students and employees have direct access to the learning platform through ILIAS. It takes up to 35 minutes and includes 43 questions with a maximum possible score of 70 points. The placement test examines language skills in general language themed questions, as well as grammar skills and listening comprehension. The tasks are set as multiple choice questions.


I do not have access to the ILIAS-platform

You can only do our online test if you have an ILIAS account. If you are are at a different university in Karlsruhe, you will have to take the placement test with us before registration starts.

Placement test for non-KIT students

Due to the Coronavirus, this test cannot take place. If you want to be tested, please send us an E-Mail.


When do I get my test result?

After the online test is finished, the result and recommended level appear on the screen. You will find the list of courses offered on the website. Your test result will be used to determine which courses you can apply for. To assure all participants in a course are at a similar language level, you may only apply for courses at the level you achieved in the test. If you believe your score does not reflect your ability, and your score is no more than 2% different from the next level (higher or lower), contact the English department. We will determine whether you may apply for courses at your desired level after discussing the situation with you.

Applying for for courses above or below your language level is not possible.


Which courses may I apply for?

Score in test


below 20%

Below entry level

from 20% - 49%

ONLY courses at A2 level

from 50% - 64%

UNIcert® I - ONLY courses at B1 level

from 65% - 79%

UNIcert® II - ONLY courses at B2 level

80% and above

UNIcert® III - ONLY courses at C1 level

90% and above

UNIcert® IV - ONLY courses at C2 or C1 level

Our current course listing can be found here.


Where can I find the online placement test?

  1. Follow this link.
  2. Log into ILIAS with your SCC-account. To do so press the button “Anmelden“/“log in“ in the top- right corner. If you’re logging into ILIAS for the first time you will have to accept the terms of use after the login and complete your personal profile (gender and matriculation number) and save.
  3. If step 2 was executed correctly, you’ll now have to join the Englisch Einstufungstest course (the tab "Join/Beitreten“). In the tab put a checkmark down at the agreement and click the "Join/Beitreten“ button.


Who can I contact?

If you have any questions or problems, please contact the English department by e-mail.