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
20/12/2018 (adults and young people)
until 13/12/2018
24-28/01/2019 (adults and young people) Kuwait
until 17/01/2019
31/01/2019 (adults and young people)
Dubai, Maskat, Abu Dhabi
until 24/01/2019
21/02/2019 (adults and young people)
until 14/02/2019
28/02/2019 (adults and young people)
Abu Dhabi
until 21/02/2019
21/03/2019 (adults and young people)
until 14/03/2019
11/04/2019 (adults and young people)
until 04/04/2019
25/04/2019 (adults and young people)
Dubai, Abu Dhabi
until 18/04/2019
05-08/05/2019 (adults and young people) 
until 28/04/2019
23/05/2019 (adults and young people)
Dubai, Abu Dhabi
until 16/05/2019
27/06/2019 (adults and young people)
until 20/06/2019
04/07/2019 (adults and young people)
Abu Dhabi
until 27/06/2019
05/09/2019 (adults and young people)
until 29/07/2019
26/09/2019 (adults and young people)
Abu Dhabi
until 19/09/2019
07/11/2019 (adults and young people)
until 31/10/2019
12/12/2019 (adults and young people)
until 31/10/2019

Examination fee
United Arab Emirates*: Internal AED 800 / External AED 950
* For each separate module: Internal AED 250 / External AED 300
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: