DSH or German Language Exam, which gives the admission to higher education in Germany (dt. Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber) and is one of the most difficult exams, which tests your knowledge of German and allows you to study in one of German universities.
DSH exam consists of the following parts: the written exam and the oral exam. If you write well in the written exam, you will not need to take the oral part in some universities. The written part of the DSH consists of the following parts:
1. Listening. (dt. Hörverstehen) Time: 45-60 minutes. Content: you need to do various tasks, which are mainly focused on testing your understanding of the text and certain concepts in this text.
2. Working with text. (dt. Leseverstehen) Time: 60-90 minutes. Content: You get text that is about 1.5 times more complex than listening text. This task tests not only your understanding of the text and concepts, but also your level of knowledge of German grammar. Some of the tasks are devoted to the transformation of sentences from one grammatical structure to another. Moreover, this part of the exam involves writing a short presentation of the text you have read. This text should contain 250-300 words. In this regard, it should be noted that unlike the American or British language exams, where you have to choose the correct answer from several possible options (so-called Multiple-choice), DSH exam focuses on the fact that you have to find the right answer. and also be able to state it grammatically correctly.
3. Written part. (dt. Schreiben). Time: 50-60 minutes. Recently, the description of a schedule as a type of task that requires some training and skills that has become more common in written assignments. This task cannot be done immediately. In addition, in this part there are tasks related to writing or interpreting the text, as well as the presentation of a particular topic.
4. Oral exam. (dt. Sprechen). Time: 15-35 minutes. The oral exam lasts approximately 35 minutes, of which you receive 15 minutes for preparation and 20 minutes for oral presentation of your topic. Topics can be completely different and you can pull them in the form of tickets or the examiner can suggest you a topic. After you prepare for the interview, you will have 15-20 minutes to talk about your topic and simultaneously answer the questions that the examiner will ask you.