Levels A1 - C2 in the table below refer to the European Framework (CEF) of Reference for Languages.
All Goethe-Institut examinations can also be taken by external candidates if they have reached the corresponding language level. It is nevertheless recommended that you take a preparatory course. On-site and distance learning courses are offered as well as a combination of both.
Services for companies
In addition to traditional examinations, the Goethe-Institut also offers very modern, computer-aided testing systems such as ‘Testservice Deutsch für den Beruf’ (BULATS). Companies can use this service to test the foreign language abilities of their employees and job applicants both quickly and at a moderate cost.
CEF - Common European Framework of Reference of Languages
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|Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic
phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer
questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a
simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
||Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas
of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can
communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine
matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate
|Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters
regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an
area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and
||Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and
abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency
and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can
produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and
disadvantages of various options.
|Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise
implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use
language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured,
detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
||Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise
information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can
express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex