Levels A1 - C2 in the table below refer to the European Framework (CEF) of Reference for Languages.


levels of
GEF*

   examinations
A1      Fit 1: Fit in Deutsch 1 für Jugendliche
   SD1: Start Deutsch 1
A2      Fit 2: Fit in Deutsch 2 für Jugendliche
   SD2: Start Deutsch 2
B1      ZD j: Zertifikat Deutsch für Jugendliche
   ZD: Zertifikat Deutsch
B2      B2: Goethe-Zertifikat B2
   ZDfB: Zertifikat Deutsch für den Beruf
   TestDaF: Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache
C1      C1: Goethe-Zertifikat C1
   PWD: Prüfung Wirtschaftsdeutsch
   TestDaF: Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache
C2      Goethe-Zertifikat C2: GDS

Examinations Prerequisites

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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Basic User
A1 A2
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 need.
 
 
Independent User
B1 B2
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 plans. 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.
 
 
Proficient User
C1 C2
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 situations.

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