Your next step forward: Goethe-Zertifikat B1

The Goethe-Zertifikat B1 is a German test for young people and adults.

It confirms that one has an independent grasp of the German language, and corresponds to the third level (B1) of the six-level competency scale of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Passing the test shows that the participant can...

  • understand key points of information about work, school and leisure time when standard language is being used.
  • handle most situations that one would encounter when traveling in German-speaking countries.
  • express oneself simply and coherently on familiar topics and areas of personal interest.
  • talk about experiences and events, describe dreams, hopes and goals, and provide brief explanations and statements of purpose.


Goethe-Institut certificates are well known worldwide and are honored as a proof of qualification by employers and higher education institutions in many countries.

Here you’ll find the Goethe-Institut or our test partner in your vicinity as well as information on test sites, fees, the schedule and registration.
Test Sites

Under Frequently Asked Quesions you’ll find general answers about Goethe-Institut tests.


The Goethe-Zertifikat B1 was developed collaboratively by the Goethe-Institut (Gl), the Österreichischen Sprachdiplom (ÖSD) and the Universität Freiburg in Switzerland (Unifri-DaF).

    The New Goethe-Zertifikat B1 – Setting the Standard

    As of 01.08.2013 there will be a new Goethe-Zertifikat B1. The final step in the project to develop the test was known as standard-setting.