I guess everyone knows what the DSH test is. The Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang changes from university to university, and while the structure is generally the same, some end up being a little harder than others. It’s best to contact the university for practice tests to get a sense of the level of difficulty of the DSH test from that particular institution.
There are two main components of any DSH test: written and oral.
Both are scored on a scale of one to three, with three being the highest score. You must achieve a score of at least two on each section in order to pass. The written component is taken first and must be passed before you can take the oral portion.
To guarantee your success, here are three tips for preparing for the DSH.
1. Early and Often: Set a Study Schedule
Life doesn’t wait for anyone. If you’re not careful, the date of the DSH test can creep up before you’ve had a chance to get ready for it. To leave no doubt on test day, it’s best to set a study schedule.
An example of a useful study plan may be to set aside half an hour every day for three months before the exam, and increase the time spent with opened books as the test approaches.
Consistency will help propel your language capabilities, and knowing you that you stuck to your study plan will give you a boost of confidence going into the test.
2. Practice Makes Perfect: Take Every Practice Test You Can Find
As mentioned before, the tests vary slightly from university to university, so the best thing to do is to contact the institution you’re hoping to study at and ask for examples of their past DSH exams. They may also provide you with additional supplementary study material.
In addition, there are many DSH practice tests available online, such as from Humboldt Universitat. Taking multiple practice tests will help prepare you for the potential variability found within the DSH test, while allowing you to get used to the structure. Make sure to take them within the allotted time designation and without cheating, in order to honestly assess your own preparation level.
3. Total Immersion: Surround Yourself in German a Few Days Before the Test
After months of studying hard, sticking to your study plan and reminding yourself what’s at stake, it can be helpful to get your head into “German mode” before the test.
Completely surround yourself with German music, podcasts, newscasts and texts several days before the test to put yourself in the German mindset, and you’ll be even more prepared to tackle the DSH. You’ll be so totally immersed in the language that filling out the test will seem like an afterthought.
It should be noted that the more you can surround yourself with German long-term, the quicker you’ll pick it up. Don’t be afraid to include watching German movies and jamming to German tunes as part of your regular daily study life, test or not!
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