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Is your spoken German at a high enough level?

In order to get the Goethe-Zertifikat you need to demonstrate you can speak German at an advanced level.

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What is the Goethe-Zertifikat exam?

The Goethe-Zertifikat exam is a qualification issued by the Goethe Institut which declares the level of linguistic and communicative competences in German as a foreign language.

The exam gives certification for 6 different levels using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the Council of Europe as its guidelines.

The exams are designed to assess how learners use German to communicate in real-life situations.


How is the Goethe-Zertifikat exam structured?

The Goethe-Zertifikat certificate is designed to assess a participants degree of fluency of the German Language.

The exam gives certification for 6 different levels using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the Council of Europe as its guidelines. The Goethe-Zertifikat certification is one of the most recognized German certifications in the world.

The possible levels are as follows:

LEVELS

A1/A2

B1/B2

C1

C2

Level

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Superior


What is in the Goethe-Zertifikat A1 exam?

The Goethe-Zertifikat Level A1 certificate accredits that the candidate can understand and use familiar, everyday expressions and very simple sentences, which relate to the satisfying of concrete needs.

The student must be able to introduce him/herself and others as well as ask others about themselves – e.g. where they live, who they know and what they own – and can respond to questions of this nature and communicate in a simple manner if the person they are speaking to speaks slowly and clearly and is willing to help.

The exam to obtain the Goethe-Zertifikat Level A1 certificate is composed of the following parts:

LEVEL A1

TIME

LISTENING

20 minutes

READING

25 minutes

WRITING

20 minutes

SPEAKING

15 minutes


What is in the Goethe-Zertifikat A2 exam?

The Goethe-Zertifikat Level A2 certificate accredits that the candidate can understand sentences and commonly used expressions associated with topics directly related to his/her direct circumstances (e.g. personal information or information about his/her family, shopping, work, immediate surroundings).

The test taker can make him/herself understood in simple, routine situations dealing with a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and common topics and describe his/her background and education, immediate surroundings and other things associated with immediate needs in a simple way.

The exam to obtain the Goethe-Zertifikat Level A2 certificate is composed of the following parts:

LEVEL A2

TIME

READING

30 minutes

LISTENING

30 minutes

WRITING

30 minutes

SPEAKING

15 minutes


What is in the Goethe-Zertifikat B1 exam?

The Goethe-Zertifikat Level B1 certificate shows that the candidates can understand the main points when clear, standard language is used and the focus is on familiar topics associated with work, school, leisure time, etc. The test taker needs to be able to deal with most situations typically encountered when travelling in the language region and express him/herself simply and coherently regarding familiar topics and areas of personal interest.

Can report on experiences and events, describe dreams, hopes and goals as well as make short statements to justify or explain his/her own views and plans.

The exam to obtain the Goethe-Zertifikat Level B1 certificate is composed of the following parts:

LEVEL B1

TIME

READING

65 minutes

LISTENING

40 minutes

WRITING

60 minutes

SPEAKING

15 minutes


What is in the Goethe-Zertifikat B2 exam?

The Goethe-Zertifikat Level B2 certificate shows that the candidates can understand the main contents of complex texts on concrete and abstract topics; also understands specialized discussions in his/her own primary area of specialization.

The test taker must be able to communicate so spontaneously and fluently that a normal conversation with native speakers is easily possible without a great deal of effort on either side and express him/herself on a wide range of topics in a clear and detailed manner, explain his/her position on a current issue and indicate the benefits and drawbacks of various options.

The exam to obtain the Goethe-Zertifikat Level B2 certificate is composed of the following parts:

LEVEL B2

TIME

READING

80 minutes

LISTENING

30 minutes

WRITING

80 minutes

SPEAKING

15 minutes


What is in the Goethe-Zertifikat C1 exam?

The Goethe-Zertifikat Level C1 certificate proves that the student can understand a wide range of challenging, longer texts and also grasp implicit meanings.

The examinees can express him/herself spontaneously and fluently without having to search for words frequently and noticeably. Can use the language effectively and flexibly in his/her social and professional life or in training and studies. The can also make clear, structured and detailed statements on complex topics and apply various means of text association appropriately in the process.

The exam to obtain the Goethe-Zertifikat Level C1 certificate is composed of the following parts:

LEVEL C1

TIME

READING

70 minutes

LISTENING

40 minutes

WRITING

80 minutes

SPEAKING

15 minutes


What is in the Goethe-Zertifikat C2 exam?

The Goethe-Zertifikat C2 exam is for a diploma equivalent to the expert level. This is the sixth of six levels within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the Council of Europe.

The Goethe-Zertifikat C2 exam certifies the linguistic competence necessary to effortlessly understand practically everything which he/she reads or hears. Can summarize information from various written and spoken sources, logically recounting the reasons and explanations.

Those who pass can express him/herself spontaneously with high fluency and precision and also make finer nuances of meaning clear in more complex topics.

The exam is composed of the following parts:

LEVEL C2

TIME

READING

80 minutes

LISTENING

35 minutes

WRITING

80 minutes

SPEAKING

15 minutes


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