Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I do not achieve the required score?

If you score less than required, you must take Remedial Language Skills. In addition, you may be required to schedule a counselling appointment with your lecturer. Should this be the case, you will be duly informed.

How often am I allowed to repeat the test?

You cannot take the test more than once per semester. You will have the possibility to take the test during the following semester.

I recently obtained a language certificate (TOEFL, TOEIC, Cambridge FCE...) with a high proficiency level – do I need to take the test?

Yes, you have to take the test. Since it is often hard to compare different kinds of tests as they often focus on different aspects of language proficiency, we do not accept other certificates instead of the OOPT. Please just take the OOPT as everybody else does; if you obtained a good score on another certificate you should not have too many problems.

There are other (free) tests available for checking your skills on your own, such as Dialang. If you are interested in certifying your English skills, you should look into TOEFLTOEIC and the DAAD certificate.

 

I do not study English; can I take the test just to check my skills anyway?

Sorry, the answer is clearly no. Please bear in mind that every time a person takes the test, the Heinrich-Heine-University of Düsseldorf has to pay a significant fee to the test provider. Therefore, we can normally only offer this test to people who need to pass it as part of their studies.

There are other (free) tests available for checking your skills on your own, such as Dialang. If you are interested in certifying your English skills, you should look into TOEFLTOEIC and the DAAD certificate.

Can I use dictionaries or other references during the test?

No. The purpose of the test is to determine your language skills in various fields. This includes knowledge of common vocabulary items as well as proper usage of grammatical constructs. Therefore, no (online-) dictionaries, Google or anything else besides the actual testing program are allowed to be used.

If we notice the use of anything like this (we monitor you remotely), the testing process will be stopped immediately and your result will be invalid. Usage of any unauthorized resources may also lead to serious academic sanctions, including ex-matriculation!

How can I prepare?

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The certificate and its validity

After passing the OOPT (by reaching the required score, see above) you will not receive a certificate. The test has official validity only at the Heinrich-Heine-University of Düsseldorf. For employers for internships or other institutions, it is likely that you will have to obtain an internationally accepted certificate like TOEFLTOEIC or the undefinedDAAD certificate.

I have a disability, what should I do?

If you have a disabilitiy that keeps you from using a computer without any special tools or help, please contact Antje Gondorf (SBanglistik(at)hhu.de) from the undefinedEnglish Departments's Students' Office beforehand, so we can accomodate you.

If your disability limits your ability to move or walk you should also get in touch with the English Departments's Students' Office (SBanglistik(at)hhu.de). We will of course gladly assist you if necessary, but please inform us beforehand.


What if I still have questions after reading through these FAQs?

For any inquiries about the OOPT language test, please contact Antje Gondorf (SBanglistik(at)hhu.de) from the English Department’s Students’ Office.

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