The final exam of the preparatory courses in the Studienkolleg (STK) is called the Feststellungsprüfung (FSP). Passing this exam will provide you with a university entrance qualification, which qualifies you to apply to a university in Germany in a specific study-area/field.
You can either attend an STK for one year and then take the FSP, or you can take the FSP without attending an STK. If you are attending an STK and feel that it is moving too slow for you, you can speak to the professor about taking the test earlier.
It is highly recommended by every university - and by us at Kiron - to attend an STK and not prepare for the FSP on your own. The questions are very specific, so it can be quite difficult to pass without proper preparation, and you can only take the test twice.
There are cases where people have passed the test without attending an STK. If you feel qualified, look into this option, which is called “externe Feststellungsprüfung”.
You can check out websites like this one to see examples of what the test looks like
If you are considering preparing on your own, we highly recommend you to contact the international office of the institution where you will take the test and have them provide you with any materials they might have
If you are applying independently to a German program, you will need to provide a certificate of your C1 German level.
Important: if you want to take the external FSP, you have to apply to the FSP separately. The test is organized by universities who offer STKs, so please contact the international office at the institution of your choice to know how to apply.