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Fachsprachprüfung in Germany

The Fachsprachprüfung in Germany (medical language examination) is a required step in the process of obtaining Approbation (legal authorization to practice a medical profession) in Germany for foreign doctors who obtained their medical degree and clinical training outside of the EU.

The Fachsprachprüfung is designed to assess the language proficiency of foreign doctors in the German language and is typically administered by the state medical council (Landesärztekammer) or the local chamber of physicians (Ärztekammer).

The Fachsprachprüfung consists of a written and an oral examination and covers topics such as medical terminology, patient communication, and general medical knowledge. To pass the Fachsprachprüfung, foreign doctors must demonstrate proficiency in the German language at a level that is sufficient to practice medicine safely and effectively in Germany.

In order to take the Fachsprachprüfung, foreign doctors must first apply for Approbation in Germany and provide evidence of their medical qualifications and clinical training. The Fachsprachprüfung is typically one of the last steps in the Approbation process and is usually taken after all other requirements, such as recognition of qualifications and payment of fees, have been met.

It is important to note that the Fachsprachprüfung requirements and process may vary depending on the specific federal state in Germany. Be sure to contact the responsible authority, typically the state medical council or the local chamber of physicians, for more information on the Fachsprachprüfung requirements and process.

Who needs to take a Fachsprachenprüfung?

In Germany, the Fachsprachenprüfung (medical language examination) is typically required for foreign doctors who obtained their medical degree and clinical training outside of the EU and are seeking Approbation (legal authorization to practice a medical profession) in Germany. The Fachsprachenprüfung is designed to assess the language proficiency of foreign doctors in the German language and is administered by the state medical council (Landesärztekammer) or the local chamber of physicians (Ärztekammer).

In general, foreign doctors who obtained their medical degree and clinical training outside of the EU and want to practice medicine in Germany will need to take the Fachsprachenprüfung if:

  1. They are not native speakers of German and do not have a recognized language qualification, such as the “TestDaF” or “Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang” (DSH).
  2. They are not exempt from the Fachsprachenprüfung due to an international treaty or other agreement.

It is important to note that the Fachsprachenprüfung requirements and process may vary depending on the specific federal state in Germany. Be sure to contact the responsible authority, typically the state medical council or the local chamber of physicians, for more information on the Fachsprachenprüfung requirements and process.

Costs of the Fachsprachenprüfung

The costs of the Fachsprachenprüfung (medical language examination) in Germany will depend on the specific federal state (Bundesland) where the examination is taken and the responsible authority that administers the examination. The Fachsprachenprüfung is typically administered by the state medical council (Landesärztekammer) or the local chamber of physicians (Ärztekammer).

In general, the costs of the Fachsprachenprüfung may include:

  1. An application fee between 250-650 Euro.
  2. An examination fee between100-450 Euro.
  3. Any additional costs associated with preparing for the examination, such as language courses or materials

It is important to note that the costs of the Fachsprachenprüfung may vary depending on the specific federal state in Germany and the responsible authority. Be sure to contact the responsible authority, typically the state medical council or the local chamber of physicians, for more information on the costs of the Fachsprachenprüfung.

It is also worth noting that the Fachsprachenprüfung is typically one of the last steps in the Approbation process for foreign doctors in Germany and is usually taken after all other requirements, such as recognition of qualifications and payment of fees, have been met. As such, the costs of the Fachsprachenprüfung should be considered in the context of the overall costs of the Approbation process.

The structure of the Fachsprachenprüfung

The Fachsprachenprüfung (medical language examination) in Germany is designed to assess the language proficiency of foreign doctors in the German language. The Fachsprachenprüfung consists of a written and an oral examination and covers topics such as medical terminology, patient communication, and general medical knowledge.

The structure of the Fachsprachenprüfung may vary depending on the specific federal state (Bundesland) where the examination is taken and the responsible authority that administers the examination. However, in general, the Fachsprachenprüfung consists of the following components:

  1. Written examination: The written examination is typically divided into two parts: a medical vocabulary test and a test of general medical knowledge. The medical vocabulary test assesses the candidate’s understanding of medical terminology, and the test of general medical knowledge assesses the candidate’s knowledge of general medical concepts and principles.
  2. Oral examination: The oral examination is typically conducted in the form of a simulated patient consultation. The candidate is given a case scenario and is expected to communicate with the simulated patient in German, using appropriate medical language and terminology. The candidate is also expected to demonstrate knowledge of general medical concepts and principles.

It is important to note that the structure of the Fachsprachenprüfung may vary depending on the specific federal state in Germany and the responsible authority. Be sure to contact the responsible authority, typically the state medical council or the local chamber of physicians, for more information on the structure of the Fachsprachenprüfung.

How often can the Fachsprachprüfung be repeated?

The frequency with which the Fachsprachprüfung (medical language examination) can be repeated in Germany will depend on the specific federal state (Bundesland) where the examination is taken and the responsible authority that administers the examination. The Fachsprachprüfung is typically administered by the state medical council (Landesärztekammer) or the local chamber of physicians (Ärztekammer).

In general, the Fachsprachprüfung can be repeated if a candidate fails to pass the examination on their first attempt. The specific rules for repeating the Fachsprachprüfung may vary depending on the responsible authority and may include requirements such as a waiting period before the examination can be taken again or the completion of additional language training.

It is important to note that the Fachsprachprüfung is just one of the steps in the Approbation process for foreign doctors in Germany and is typically taken after all other requirements, such as recognition of qualifications and payment of fees, have been met. As such, the frequency with which the Fachsprachprüfung can be repeated may be limited by the overall Approbation process and the specific requirements of the responsible authority.

Be sure to contact the responsible authority, typically the state medical council or the local chamber of physicians, for more information on the rules for repeating the Fachsprachprüfung.

Books for the Fachsprachprüfung

There are a number of resources that can be helpful for preparing for the Fachsprachprüfung (medical language examination) in Germany, including books that provide practice exercises and test questions. Here are a few examples of books that may be useful for preparing for the Fachsprachprüfung:

  1. “Medizinische Fachsprache: Wortschatz und Grammatik” by Birgit Wieden: This book provides a comprehensive overview of the medical language used in Germany and includes exercises and test questions to help candidates prepare for the Fachsprachprüfung.
  2. “Fachsprachprüfung Medizin: Prüfungstraining für Ärzte und Zahnärzte” by Sabine Doerksen and Annette Schmiedel: This book provides practice exercises and test questions specifically designed to prepare candidates for the Fachsprachprüfung. It includes a DVD with listening comprehension exercises and a CD with recorded dialogues.
  3. “Medizinische Fachsprache: Ein Lehr- und Übungsbuch” by Wolfgang Hölzer: This book provides a comprehensive overview of the medical language used in Germany and includes exercises and test questions to help candidates improve their language skills.

It is important to note that the Fachsprachprüfung is just one of the steps in the Approbation process for foreign doctors in Germany and is typically taken after all other requirements, such as recognition of qualifications and payment of fees, have been met. As such, it is important to also prepare for the other requirements of the Approbation process.

Be sure to contact the responsible authority, typically the state medical council or the local chamber of physicians, for more information on the specific requirements and structure of the Fachsprachprüfung.

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Last Reviewed
December 25, 2022
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