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Make your mark! The modules

The Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom exam consists of reading, listening, writing and speaking modules. The speaking module is completed individually. The exam is administered and evaluated uniformly all over the world.

The writing module exercises relating to pieces of literature are compiled in collaboration with the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

The four modules can be taken individually or together. Four individual module certificates are equivalent to one certificate covering all four modules.
The reading, listening and speaking modules are all evaluated at the exam center, while the evaluation of the writing module is coordinated by the Goethe-Institut’s central testing center.
 

If you choose a literature-bound topic in part 2 of the writing module, you have to work with at least one of the titles provided here.

Literature 2019 for the Goethe-Zertifikat C2: GDS

Brigitte Kronauer
Das Taschentuch
Roman
dtv Verlag
ISBN 978-3-423-12888-9
€ 10,00 (D)

Robert Seethaler
Der Trafikant
Roman
Kein & Aber Verlag
ISBN 978-3-036-95909-2
€ 12,00 (D)
If you choose a literature-bound topic in part 2 of the writing module, you have to work with at least one of the titles provided here.

Literature 2020 for the Goethe-Zertifikat C2: GDS

Hanns-Josef Ortheil
Die Berlinreise
Roman
btb Verlag
ISBN 978-3-442-74997-3
€ 10,00 (D)

Urs Widmer
Das Buch des Vaters
Roman
Diogenes Verlag
ISBN 978-3-257-23470-1
€ 10,90 (D)
 

Reading

You will be asked to read specialised non-fiction texts, commentaries, reports and advertisements and complete various exercises on these texts. You will be required to demonstrate an ability to understand these texts effortlessly and grasp their implicit meaning, even when the texts are abstract, contain complex language and deal with complicated topics.

Duration: 80 minutes

Writing

You will be asked to reword parts of a short report and write a text on a general topic or a topic related to a work of literature. This text should read like a well-structured letter to the editor or book review and should be written in an appropriate style. There are two general topics and one topic on each of the two books on the reading list to choose from. You are required to write on one of these four topics.

Duration: 80 minutes
 

Listening

You will be asked to listen to reports and media coverage, informal discussions and interviews with experts all spoken at a natural speed and complete various exercises on what you have heard.

Duration: approx. 35 minutes

Speaking

You will be asked to give a presentation on a complex topic such as globalisation and, in doing so, demonstrate an ability to respond to questions which require you to explain your line of argument by using further examples. You will also be required to take part in a discussion on a second topic in which you explain whether you are for or against a particular statement, respond to counter-arguments and try to convince your conversation partner of your position.

Duration: approx. 15 minutes

 

Requirements

The Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom is a German exam for adults.
 
The Goethe-Institut exams are available to all interested parties and can be taken regardless of age and nationality.
  • A minimum age of 18 years is recommended to take the Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom exam.
  • Participation in the Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom exam assumes that candidates already have German language skills corresponding to the sixth and highest level of competence (C2) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
  • To reach this level of competence, candidates need to have completed at least 1,000 teaching units of 45 minutes each, depending on their previous knowledge and learning requirements.