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The Goethe-Institut is the organisation, by excellence, for the international promotion of the German language and culture. Their certificates are granted and rated by businesses and academic institutions from all around the world. Their exams are designed for express German language as a second or as a foreign language. They are available for any person who is interested, no matter what their citizenship is.

What knowledge and skills does the German Goethe exam assess?

All the exams consist of four parts: reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension. The length and complexity of each part develops as you advance through the levels.

What types of exams are there and what are they divided into?

Goethe-Institut offer 6 different exams, following the requirements established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The exams are formed by levels that range from A1 (for starters) to C2. 

 

Goethe-Zertifikat A1: There are two existing versions of this exam. Both exams accredit the basic knowledge of German language, and they correspond to the A1 level of the CEFR. 

 

Fit in Deutsch 1 is an exam designed for kids and teenagers who are between 10 and 16 years old.

 

Start Deutsch 1 is an exam designed for adults.  

 

Goethe-Zertifikat A2: There are also two versions of this exam. The test accredits your German linguistic skills and it corresponds to the A2 level.  

 

Fit in Deutsch is a German exam designed for teenagers between 12 and 16 years of age. 

 

Goethe-Zertifikat A2 is a German exam designed for adults.

 

Goethe-Zertifikat B1 is a German exam for young people and adults. It accredits the autonomous use of German and it corresponds to the B1 level.  The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). 

 

Goethe-Zertifikat B2 is a German exam designed for young people and adults. It accredits the advanced use of German and it corresponds to the B2 level of The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). 

 

Goethe-Zertifikat C1 is a German exam for adults. It accredits a very advanced level of German  and it corresponds to the C1 level of The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).   

 

Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS) is a German exam designed for adults. It accredits the highest achievable German level and it corresponds to the C2 level (the highest one).

What levels do the Goethe exams certify?

NIVEL MCERL   NIÑOS/JÓVENES ADULTOS
A1 PRINCIPIANTE Goethe-Zertifikat A1-
Fit in Deutsch
Goethe-Zertifikat A1-
Start Deutsch 1
A2 Goethe-Zertifikat A2-
Fit in Deutsch
Goethe-Zertifikat A2
B1 INTERMEDIO   Goethe-Zertifikat B1
B2   Goethe-Zertifikat B2
C1 AVANZADO   Goethe-Zertifikat C1
C2   Goethe-Zertifikat C2-
Großes Deutsches
Sprachdiplom (GDS)

What is the duration of the German Goethe exams?

Goethe-Zertifikat A1 - Fit in Deutsch 1: 1h 15min

Written part 60 minutes / Oral part 15 minutes

 

Goethe-Zertifikat A1 - Start Deutsch 1: 1h 20min

Written part 65 minutes / Oral part 15 minutes

 

Goethe-Zertifikat A2 - Fit in Deutsch: 1h 45min

Written part 90 minutes / Oral part 15 minutes

 

Goethe-Zertifikat A2: 1h 25min

Written part 90 minutes / Oral part 15 minutes

 

Goethe-Zertifikat B1: 3h

Written part 165 minutes / Oral part 15 minutes

 

Goethe-Zertifikat B2: 3h 25min

Written part 190 minutes / Oral part 15 minutes

 

Goethe-Zertifikat C1: 3h 25min

Written part 190 minutes / Oral part 15 minutes

 

Goethe-Zertifikat C2 - Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS): 3h 25min

Written part 190 minutes / Oral part 15 minutes

 

What advantages does it have?

The Goethe certificate is recognised by all institutions of advanced education as the linguistic skill test required for entering universities or finding jobs. 

You can complete the entire exam as many times as you wish.

The results from the exams of the A1 / A2 / B1 / B2 / C1 levels will be sent via email one month after the exam has been completed. For the C2 exams, the results will be sent via email 6 weeks after the exam has been completed. 

The entire exam will be completed on the same day. Usually, the written part is completed in the morning, meanwhile the oral part is completed in the afternoon.

The tests are carried out various times a year in different parts of the world.

This test accredits the evaluated level. This means that, if you pass, you will obtain the certificate according to the level of the exam.

The Goethe-Institut is the organisation, by excellence, for the international promotion of the German language and culture. Their certificates are granted and rated by businesses and academic institutions from all around the world.

Kids that are over 10 years of age can obtain the Goethe certificate.

The four skill tests can be completed individually or jointly. Four individual skill test certificates are equivalent to the global exam. These certificates allow foreign students to access universities and advanced education centres in Germany. The Länder of the Federal German Republic recognise this exam as the accreditation of German knowledge. 

 

How long are the scores valid?

The Goethe German certificates are valid for life. Although many institutions and businesses expect the certificate not to exceed two years.

 

How can you complete your enrolment?

You can find all the available examination centres and dates in our website.

 

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Official acknowledgments

The Goethe exams are accredited by CRUE (conferencia de rectores de Universidades Españolas) and ACLES ( Asociación de Centros de lenguas en la Enseñanza Superior). The main representatives of the Spanish private and public universities. 

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