The English requirements for the Wiesbaden Business School's Master degree programs are the CEFR levels as shown below.

Master degree program CEFR level required  (at enrollment)
Accounting & Taxation (LL.M.) B2
Versicherungs- und Finanzwirtschaft (M.Sc.) B2
Controlling & Finance (M.A.) B2
Sales & Marketing Management (M.A.) B2
International Management (M.A.) C1

CEFR is the abbreviation for the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment, a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe and, increasingly, in other countries. It was put together by the Council of Europe. CEFR itself is neither a language test nor a language certificate, but a grading system.

For all WBS master's programmes, you can provide proof of your proficiency in English through an internationally recognised English exam (see table below) and submit a copy of the certificate with your application. Tests three years old or less are accepted. For older tests, please check with WBS' Head of Business English.

In addition, you can take the Oxford Online Placement Test OOPT, a computer-based English test, in the university's Language Center (Sprachenzentrum) and obtain the required point score for the programme you wish to enter. For more information about dates and registration, please refer to this Language Center's webpage. If you want to learn more about the OOPT: take a look at the webpage Oxford Online Placement Test.

For all WBS master's programmes except for the Master of International Management, you may also provide certified confirmation that your first professional qualification at the bachelor level was completed entirely in English, which is accepted as proof of the required level of proficiency.

Master’s applicants who are unable to provide formal certification of the required English proficiency level (B2, C1 for Master of International Management) before the closing date for applications should apply anyway and submit proof of English proficiency when it becomes available. Proof of proficiency must be provided not later than the enrollment date in the admission letter. If you are unable to provide proof of proficiency by that date, please contact the Admissions Office (studienbuero(at) to check if an extension is possible.

Comparison / Acceptance of English Language Certificate

The table below lists the level to be documented by results of one of the following standardized language tests. Other tests will not be accepted.

Last modified:
December 3rd, 2019
CEFR level
CEFR level
AKS UNIcert Niveau II Niveau III
Cambridge BEC Vantage: C, B or A
Preliminary: Distinction
Higher: C, B or A
Vantage: A only
BULATS 60 75
CAE C, B or A C, B or A
CPE C, B or A C, B or A
FCE C, B or A A only
IELTS Academic: 5.0 Academic: 6.5
PET Distinction No
ETS TOEFL iBT: 61 iBT: 79
TOEIC Listening + Reading: 750 Listening + Reading: 850
TELC TELC English, Business or University:
English, Business or University:

Explanation of terms:

AKS = Arbeitskreis für Sprachenzentren = Association of Language Centres

  • UNIcert = Foreign Language Certificate for Universities

KMK = Kultusministerkonferenz = The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder

  • KMK FLC = KMK's Foreign Language Certificate for Vocational Schools


  • BEC = Business English Certificates (three levels - Prelim, Vantage, Higher)
  • BULATS = Business Language Testing Service
  • CAE = Certificate of Advanced English
  • CPE = Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • FCE = First Certificate in English
  • IELTS = International English Language Testing System (only the format Academic is eligible)
  • PET = Preliminary English Test,

ETS = Educational Testing Service

  • TOEIC = Test of English for International Communication
  • TOEFL iBT = internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language

TELC = The European Language Certificates

  • only the formats English, English Business or English University are eligible

HSRM = Hochschule RheinMain

  • OOPT = Oxford Online Placement Test (at the HSRM Language Center)