If you require evidence of your German language proficiency that has been worldwide recognised, the German Goethe Zertifikat is the best choice. At Goethe-Institute you have access to German exams for all levels of ability, ranging from A1 to C2.


The German examinations of the Goethe-Institut correspond to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(CEFR): from A1 for beginners to C2 for the native speaking language level.


Here is what do we need to know about the worldwide German exam Goethe-Zertifikat.

There are 6 General Goethe Zertifikat exams: GOETHE-ZERTIFIKAT A1/A2/B1/B2/C1 (the exams are designed for young learners and adults separately), there is one especially for students: TestDaf, and one for professionals: Goethe Test Pro.


It is worth to pass even the first level of the language examination, why? 

The Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1 is accepted by German embassys and consulates and the immigration department: For example, Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1 – the one for very basic language skills that is designed for your learners, not for adults, is the easiest of the examinations offered by the Goethe Institute, and is already accepted by several important institutions. 

What does the A1 level mean? 

You can understand and answer short, easy questions, instructions, and messages in a slow, clear conversation. You are able to introduce yourself and others. You can also ask others simple questions like: where do you live or where are you from. 


During the exam you are able to read short, written texts, for example, warning and information signs or advertisements. You can talk about figures, quantities, times and prices. You can fill out simple forms with your personal data such as name, address, and age. You can write brief personal messages to a friend. 


Where the exam can be taken? 

You can have your German examination in Germany and at Goethe-Institut facilities worldwide as well as with our examination partners near you. Simply select the country in which you wish to sit the examination. The available locations for your exams within the US are Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Washington. 


How much does it cost? 

Exam schedules, as well as fees, are different from location to location. Therefore, you are encouraged to check directly with the Goethe-Institut or examination partner near you what are the fees and enrollment dates. Here is one example with dates and enrollment for the Chicago location in the US. 



You can also file an online registration here:



How long does it take to prepare for the exam?

It varies! Everybody learns at a different pace. 

Approximately, it takes up to 160 language lessons (45 mins each).

But it can also take less than that. 


Where do I learn? 

Where and how do you learn for the Goethe Zertifikat is completely up to you! 

At intercambioidiomasonline.com we offer General German Language courses that will prepare you to pass the exam. 

You can register for any Goethe-Zertifikat  without having attended a Goethe-Institut course. It makes no difference what kind of language school course, private lessons you took, or of you have learned through self-study.


How to attend? 

On the day of your exam, you will need to arrive at the examination facility that is closest to you. In some countries, the Goethe Zertifikat examinations are hosted also by other facilities than just Goethe Institute. Check with the Goethe-Institut in your country for more information.


The structure of the exam: 

The basic level examination for the Goethe-Zertifikat A1: consists of two parts: written that lasts 65 minutes and an oral – 15 minutes.

In the written section, you are confronted with short, everyday conversations, phone messages or public announcements and you will need to complete practical exercises There will be also short texts such as brief notes,  ads, information signs or notice boards and you will need to finish the related exercises. Finally, you will need to write a short text about yourself or an everyday situation. 

The Oral part is for the whole group. You will need to introduce yourself to the group. You will take part in a question-answer session where you will be asked questions and need to answer in the group. 


Test your German Level and find out where you are in your German Language Journey: 



At Intercambio Idiomas Online we will prepare you for the Goethe Zertifikat examination as a part of your self-study! You can also take live sessions with a teacher from our partner team at UpVerb.com. 

Good luck with your German language journey!

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