Goethe-Zertifikat B1

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Ideal if you'd like to ...

  • attend a preparatory course (Studienkolleg) to qualify for admission to university in Germany
  • live and work in Germany
  • prove that you have successfully reached level B1
  • be issued with an official and internationally recognized certificate

The Goethe-Zertifikat B1 is a German exam for young people and adults. It certifies that candidates are independent users of the German language and corresponds to the third level (B1) on the six-level scale of competence laid down in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Passing the exam demonstrates that you can ...

  • understand the main points of information in conversations and texts on familiar matters relating to work, school and leisure time, etc. when clear, standard language is used,
  • deal with most situations typically encountered when travelling in German-speaking countries,
  • express yourself simply and coherently when talking about familiar topics and areas of personal interest,
  • report on experiences and events, describe dreams, hopes and ambitions as well as make short statements and explanations.

Examination dates


Date and place Enrolment
22/10/2020 (adults and young people)
until 15/10/2020
29/10/2020 (adults and young people)
until 22/10/2020
09/11/2020 (adults and young people)
until 02/11/2020
19/11/2020 (adults and young people)
Abu Dhabi
until 12/11/2020
26/11/2020 (adults and young people)
Dubai, Muscat
until 19/11/2020
17/12/2020 (adults and young people)
until 10/12/2020

Examination fee
ُUnited Arab Emirates*: Internal AED 800 / External AED 1000
* For each separate module: Internal AED 250 / External AED 350
Oman: Internal OMR 70 / External OMR 85

Advice and Enrolment


Practice materials

Accessible and interactive sample papers and practice exercises to help you prepare online are available here.

Further information

The requirements, contents of the exam and further information on the Goethe-Zertifikat B1 exam are available here: