Quality ‒ a word we take very seriously.

International cooperation

The Goethe-Institut is one of the founding members of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE). This body has been in existence since 1990 and now has 31 members who create and conduct language examinations in 26 European countries.

The goals of ALTE are as follows:
  • the standardization of levels in order to promote international recognition of language certificates within Europe,
  • the standardization of quality criteria for all phases of the creation and processing of examinations, i.e. test construction, examination performance, assessment, certification, evaluation and data storage,
  • cooperation in joint projects as well as the exchange of experience and specialized knowledge.
In 2003, ALTE was adopted as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in the Council of Europe. It advises the Council of Europe on topics such as performance management and certification in an ongoing manner. In 2006, ALTE also obtained the status of an advising institution to the United Nations.

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.

The new Goethe-Zertifikat C2: GDS – setting the standard.

© Goethe-Zertifikat C2: GDS
Starting 01.01.2012, the new Goethe-Zertifikat C2: GDS shall apply. The last project step with regard to the examination development was the so-called Standard Setting.

Immigration of Spouses

Frequently asked questions and a sample-exam regarding the “Sprachnachweis” for husbands or wives joining his or her spouse in Germany.

The new German test for Immigrants

is intended for immigrants, who desire to live in Germany for a substantial amount of time.