The German test for immigrants
On 1 July 2009, a new German examination was introduced to complete the integration courses in Germany. The ‘Zertifikat Deutsch’, which immigrants previously used to prove their German language skills, has been replaced with the ‘Deutschtest für Zuwanderer’.
This test has been developed by the Goethe-Institut and telc GmbH, commissioned by the Federal Ministry of the Interior and is tailored to the communicative needs of migrants.
The ‘Deutschtest für Zuwanderer’ forms the end of the integration courses, which are offered by a total of 1,700 institutions across Germany – from adult education centres and church groups to educational institutions. The aim of the integration course and the prerequisite for permanent residency or citizenship is the B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
However, participants who do not reach the B1 standard after 600 teaching hours will not be sent home empty-handed. All participants who have basic language skills at A2 level will receive proof of their language skills in the areas of reading/listening, writing and speaking. This gives them the chance to extend the integration course by up to 300 hours to reach B1 level.
The basis of the task development in terms of content was the Framework Curriculum for Integration Courses established by the Goethe-Institut, in which the aims, needs and learning requirements of immigrants are described. A needs assessment by the Institute for German as a Foreign Language at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich identified the target group’s language requirements in advance.
For more information, please see the following:
Examination handbook (PDF, 1 MB)
Vocabulary list (PDF, 401 KB)
‘Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer’ – specimen examination questions