Almost 10,000 undergraduate degree programmes in Germany make it easy to lose track. Online you find several tools which can help you to make the right choice. Here are the most important ones.
Which degree programme is right for you? - Online self-assessments
Use online self-assessments to evaluate which degree programmes are suited best to your abilities and interests. They are often structured like questionnaires.
You assess yourself regarding your abilities or personality traits and your interest in degree programme or job relevant topics or tasks. Sometimes you also find performance assessments. These consist of tests regarding language, mathematical and logical skills as well as figurative thinking and you have to finish them in a certain time.
After completing the test, the software evaluates, based on your answers and results, which degree programme is suited best for you. You might stumble on degree programmes which have not been in your focus yet or you can re-evaluate if a degree programme is really suitable.
But: The decision is yours! Online self-assessments cannot decide for you, but they can make you take into account new aspects for your decision. And if you come to another conclusion than the online assessment, that is entirely okay. Talk about the results to people who know you like your parents, friends or teachers. The different universities’ student advisors help you to find degree programmes which are suited to your abilities, talents and interests.
General self-assessments regarding the discipline
These tests are helpful, if
...you do not yet know what to study and if you want to know which discipline might be suitable for you
...you are looking for alternatives to your currently chosen discipline.
The study interests test (SIT) is a scientifically proven assessment based on your self-evaluation. Depending on the answers to its 72 questions, the test provides a personal interest profile. The SIT takes approximately 15 minutes; it is free and provides - besides a printable version of your interest profile - a list of all fitting undergraduate degree programmes in Germany. Additionally, you receive a participation certificate which you can use as proof for having attended an orientation procedure (obligatory for application, registration and enrolment at universities in Baden-Württemberg).
"Was studiere ich?"
You can do an interest test and three ability tests.
The interest test helps you to become aware of your strengths and interests. You get tips, which degree programmes might be right for you. You solve exercises regarding logical reasoning, for example: Complete series of numbers or solve word puzzles. Your spatial sense will be tested as well. Furthermore, you have to answer questions with regard to logical reasoning with numbers and questions concerning language and graphics. Typical situations from university life will presented together with possible courses of action and you have to choose the right one. Afterwards, you will be told which solution is best.
The ability tests give you information about the contents and the requirements of different disciplines. The difficulty of the tasks is similar to what you have to expect in the beginning of your degree programme. Depending on the discipline, the self-assessments cover motivation as well as commitment. Additionally, your mathematical abilities and your reading comprehension are evaluated.
The Borakel offers questionnaires and performance tests which help you to learn a lot about your abilities regarding your way of working, your attitude towards other people, your motivations and your personal strengths.
This is how it is done:
step 1: After having completed the tests, disciplines which might be suited best to your talents and interests are suggested.
step2: Degree programme information systems help you afterwards to find out where in Germany and with which focus the respective discipline can be studied.
step 3: Please contact the general or central advising services of the respective university if you need more information about the degree programme’s contents and admissions requirements.
Self-assessments for certain disciplines in Thuringia
These tests are helpful, if
...you already have a discipline in mind and want to know how it fits with your abilities, interests and personality traits.
...you want to get an impression of the requirements you have to meet for your desired degree programme.
Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule Jena's self-assessments help you to become aware of your strengths regarding different disciplines and to realise where you might still have room for improvement. On the start page of the respective assessment you get a short introduction to the chosen discipline as well as information about the test's scope.
If you are interested in the technical engineering degree programmes, the additional core competencies self-assessment helps you to get an idea about the requirements at Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule Jena. For some test you might need a little more time, but the pause function allows you to take short breaks.
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena online advising services provide short presentations, slide shows and interviews regarding your studies, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität and Jena. Compare your expectations with the accounts of the university's students and teaching staff and find out which degree programme is best for you.
The self-assessment of the Bachelor's degree programme Civil Engineering [Construction Environment Building Materials] includes typical questions from natural sciences, structural engineering, environmental engineering and building material engineering.
The questions included in the assessment of the Bachelor's degree programme Management [Construction, Real Estate and Infrastructure] refer to engineering and mathematics, economics, law and communication competencies.
You get the right answers after each question and after each discipline, you get a short feedback.
This is how it is done:
step 1: You assess yourself by answering questions, or you do performance tests. This way you get an impression of the respective degree programme’s requirements.
step 2: The final feedback tells you for which degree programme-relevant areas you already have sufficient competencies and where they are insufficient. Please contact the respective university’s student advisors if you are unsure about how much these gaps might impact your ability to start the chosen degree programme.
SelfAssessments for different degree programmes (RWTH Aachen)
Find your specific degree programme by answering questions from various disciplines like architecture, technical degree programmes and humanities and social sciences. However, the RWTH Aachen online self-assessment does take some time. Usually, it takes 90 to 120 minutes. Finally, your answers are evaluated individually and provided to you on-line. It is free and anonymous.
think ING. self-assessment for engineering disciplines
The think ING engineering aptitude test helps you to find out if you fulfil the necessary requirements for an engineering degree programme. The test gives you a first orientation as to your mathematical, logical, technical and natural scientific competencies as well as other engineering skills. After 40 minutes and an answering time of approximately 30 minutes, you get at least an idea if a degree programme in that area is right for you.
CCT "Wandertour" for teaching professions
The CCT "Wandertour" gives you the possibility to discover your personal resources and to find out if and which teacher qualification suits you best and in which area you can make progress. In five different steps you receive information about the job profile and the requirements for the respective degree programme. If you choose the shortest way and proceed quickly, you need approximately half an hour for the entire "Wandertour". However, if you want to look into it thoroughly, it can take some hours.
„Fit für den Lehrerberuf“ for teaching professions
The questionnaire "Fit for the teaching profession", which is provided by Verband Bildung und Erziehung (major German teacher organisation), helps you to learn about important requirements for the teaching profession and to evaluate yourself, if you are up to them. You can answer the questions on-line or in written.
Which German universities offer your chosen degree programme?
Degree programme information systems are data bases in which German universities enlist their degree programmes.These data bases can be used best if you already have a rough idea of what you want to study.
Depending on the search engine, you get the following information regarding the programmes:
- degree (e.g. Bachelor, Master, Diplom)
- admissions requirements
- application process resp. selection process
- enrolment, registration and application deadlines
- contact details of general advising and other contact
- persons at the universities
- potential fields of work and perspectives after the studies
This way you can search for degree programmes in a certain German state or you can limit your search to specific university features.
This is how it is done:
step 1: Depending on how concrete your choice of study is, either enter the name of a degree programme into the search engine or choose a discipline.
Step 2: Finally you get a list of all corresponding degree programmes in Germany. You can narrow down your search by using filters.