In English

Is there an online resource where you mark checkboxes with words that you definitely know (at least one meaning) and it estimates how much words do you know?

In Deutsch:

Gibt es Onlineseiten, wo ich Kontrollkästchen mit mir bekannten Wörter abhake, sodass daraus mein deutscher Wortschatz abgeschätzt werden kann?
Normalerweise gibt es zwei Schritte: Je mehr Wörter man auf der ersten Seite markiert hat, desto schwerer sind die Wörter auf der zweiten Seite. Am Ende bekommt man eine Zahl, die aussagt, wie viele Wörter man in etwa kennt. Oben sind Beispiele für englische und russische Wortschatztests verlinkt.

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    Shall I also try translating the question into German?
    – Vi.
    Commented Jan 5, 2016 at 22:14
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    No need to translate. Questions are welcome in both English and German. If you like to practice your German, it's a good idea to ask in German, though. ;)
    – Em1
    Commented Jan 5, 2016 at 22:44
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    The English test is really fun, I learned a lot of new words. :-) The blog about their results is also really interesting. I don't know about something similar for German, but maybe some universities would be interested in making a similar test for reasearch purposes?
    – dirkt
    Commented Jan 6, 2016 at 8:31
  • @dirkt, Note that if you learn specifically the words that are in this test (it's always the same set, as far as I remember), further test results would be inadequate.
    – Vi.
    Commented Jan 6, 2016 at 8:52
  • @Vi.: I don't plan to take the test a second time. :-)
    – dirkt
    Commented Jan 6, 2016 at 12:50

3 Answers 3


There is one now: https://wortschatz.tk. Full disclosure: I am this test's developer.

It is a two-page test, but the choices on the second page are not adaptive. I was pondering that pretty long but ended up not trusting the statistics of that method because of the underlying assumptions about the distribution of vocabulary.

There is a good deal of background info on the page in German, with a very detailed text in English coming soon.

  • Na toll, ich kenne nur 38000 Wörter.
    – Em1
    Commented Oct 17, 2016 at 12:53
  • Ich komm auf 46000 Wörter, aber ich habe definitiv dabei wieder paar neue Wörter gelernt ;) Schöner Test!
    – Iris
    Commented Oct 17, 2016 at 13:25
  • 6800! Wusste aber nicht, dass ich so viele kannte. Ich habe gedacht, dass es 3000 oder so wäre. Commented Oct 17, 2016 at 14:17
  • Es zeigte mir 11000, obwohl ich kenne vielleicht viel weniger Wörter. Warum gibt es so viel medizinische Wörter an der zweiten Seite?
    – Vi.
    Commented Oct 18, 2016 at 15:04
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    Like the Russian test, this test is heavy on the Latin cognates which artificially inflate your word count. I'm really only interested in how many German words I know that aren't identical to the English and French equivalents. Commented Oct 18, 2016 at 21:03

Hier gibt es einen rezeptiven Wortschatztest, der beantwortet, ob man die häufigsten 1000/2000/3000/4000/5000 Wörter in Deutsch kennt.

Es gibt dabei jeweils einen Frageblock zu jeder Wortschatzmenge. Pro Frageblock kann man 30 Punkte erreichen. Bei einem Punktestand zwischen 27 und 30 Punkte hat man den Frageblock bestanden, d.h. man kennt die entsprechende Wortschatzmenge (siehe Was bedeutet mein Ergebnis unter dem Fragenblock)


This website allows you to test your reading comprehension, listening comprehension, and vocabulary:


It doesn't give you a number, but estimates your level in the common European framework of reference for foreign languages (A1 - C1; it cannot distinguish between C1 & C2 at the top level, I think).

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    Warning: the test requires participants to disclose personal information (especially an email adress) before being able to view the test results. Commented Jan 22, 2016 at 13:57
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    Die Frage war nach einem Wortschatztest, keinem (allgemeinen) Sprachtest. Grammatik z.B. spielt für Wortschatztests keine Rolle
    – adjan
    Commented Jan 22, 2016 at 16:59
  • Yes, it's not exactly what the OP requested, but similar enough that it might be of interest. If you're concerned about disclosing personal information, getting a single-use disposable email address is fairly easy and cheap. Commented Jan 25, 2016 at 11:51

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