Goethe-Zertifikat A1:
Start Deutsch 1

The Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1 requires very basic language skills. The examination corresponds to level one (A1) on the six-level scale of competence laid down in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

After passing the examination, you will be able to do the following, for example:

  • understand what you hear in everyday situations, such as simple questions, instructions and messages, as well as messages on an answerphone, public announcements and brief conversations,
  • obtain relevant information from short written messages, public notices and classified advertisements,
  • state and understand figures, quantities, times and prices,
  • fill in personal details and basic information on forms,
  • write brief personal messages,
  • introduce yourself in a conversation and answer simple personal questions,
  • formulate and respond to common everyday queries and requests.
Further information and exercises for the
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Material that can be downloaded

Following a recent change in the law, foreign spouses of German citizens and of foreign nationals living in Germany are now only able to obtain a residence permit if they can hold at least simple conversations in German. Spouses wishing to move to Germany must prove upon applying for a visa that they can make themselves understood in basic German (Skill level A1 of the Common European Reference Framework for Languages). This can be proved for example with the examination "Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1".


Materials for the examination preparation „Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1“
„Frequently ask questions“: Answers on questions about the examination
Information events

Beside the below mentioned examination dates we offer examinations as well regularly Mondays and Wednesdays at 5pm.

Information, inquiries and registration:
Language Course Office
Examination Dates

The Way to Germany

Weg nach Deutschland
Personal advice and consultation service for immigrants

Immigration of spouses

Informations about the demonstration of basic skills in the German language before arrival

Accessible exam training materials, harjoittelukokeet

Mallikokeita kaikilla tasoilla A1-C2. Online practice exam for those interested in a German exam for beginners to advanced (A1 – C2) – fully accessible and therefore especially suited for people with disabilities