The Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom requires extremely advanced language skills and documents the sixth and highest level – C2 – on the six-level competency scale described in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
By passing this exam you demonstrate you can, for example,
- understand everything in German that you read and hear effortlessly
- summarize information presented to you from a variety of sources, written and spoken, and, in doing so, synthesize correlating arguments as well as explanations
- organically express yourself in a fluent and precise manner and articulate the finer nuances of complex arguments.
RecognitionThe Goethe-Institut’s certificates are recognized worldwide and are highly regarded by employers and further-education institutions as proof of language competancy.
The Goethe-Zertifikat C2: GDS – as with the three exams for level C2 used up until now - allows foreign students to be admitted to colleges and universities in Germany.
Rahmenordnung über Deutsche Sprachprüfungen für das Studium an deutschen Hochschulen (RO-DT) PDF, 4 Mb
Certificates issued in connection with the ZOP, KDS and GDS exams will maintain their validity.
Locations, Prices, Appointments and RegistrationYou can find information concerning the Goethe-Institut or our exam partners in your area as well as locations, prices, appointments and registration here.
The new exam will be supervised and organized onsite by the exam center: they make the exam appointments.
The current C2 level exams will be given for the final time through November 2011 (KDS and GDS) and through the end of 2011 (ZOP) respectively. Repetition of portions of these exams must occurr within half a year (and not within an entire year, which is normally the case) – therefore, the middle and end of May 2012 respectively.
Under Frequently Asked Questions you can find general answers to questions concerning the Goethe-Institut’s exams.