The waiting period is calculated according to the number of half-years that have elapsed since obtaining the university entrance qualification. If you were already enrolled at one or more universities in Germany, these semesters will be deducted from your waiting period.
The maximum creditable waiting period is 7 semesters.
Within the waiting period quota of 10%, the study places are always allocated on a current basis, i.e. the applicant with the longest waiting period receives the first study place and so on. The waiting period of the applicant who received the last available study place is the marginal rank. In case of equal rank, the second criterion is the Abitur grade, the third criterion is whether one has completed a service and then the lot.